Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island Tour

Experience the History of American Immigration

“I lift my lamp beside the golden door!” These unforgettable words are inscribed on the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty. For millions of future Americans, her torch was the first thing they saw on their arrival to this new country. She stands proudly in New York Harbor, lighting the way to better life for so many people.

Come explore this New York icon with us. Our expert guides will meet you at Castle Clinton, a historic fort in Battery Park and a onetime possible site for the statue itself. From there you’ll board a Statue Cruises ferry, carrying you to Liberty Island, your first stop of the day.

  • $59
    ($49 for children 4-12 y/o)

  • 8:30am

  • 4.5 Hours
    (4 Hours Guided)

  • In front of Bookstore in Castle Clinton in Battery Park
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Tour of includes all the following!

  • Early Reserve Line Access for crowd avoidance and to save you time
  • Guided Tour of Liberty Island and Ellis Island with an expert English-speaking guide
  • Access to the grounds at Liberty and Ellis Island
  • Access to the Pedestal Museum at Liberty Island with Statue of Liberty tickets
  • Access to the Museum at Ellis Island

How long is the tour?

The tour is approximately 5 hours. You can stay as along as you wish on the Islands and return to NYC when ready. Total time should be approximately 6 hours to return to Battery Park in NYC.

How much walking is there on this tour?

You will be on your feet for most of the tour. There will be stairs.

What happens if I am late and miss the group?

It is important to arrive at the tour starting location at least 10-15 minutes prior to the start time, as we do start the tour promptly. We start the tour promptly. Any latecomers will be asked to reschedule. There is a $20/person rescheduling fee.

Does the tour happen during the rain or snow?

We only cancel the tour during extreme weather conditions. Otherwise the tour goes on. Please do check the weather report and be prepared for the weather.

What is your cancellation, rescheduling, refund policy?

You can cancel a tour up to 48 hours prior to your tour time without penalty and receive a full refund. Also prior to 48 hours of your tour time, you can reschedule your tour without penalty. Inside of 48 hours or if you missed the tour, you can reschedule your tour for $20/person to another available tour.

What is the tipping or gratuities policy?

Tips are always appreciated by our guides, but never expected. They should be given if you believe your guide did an outstanding job, and further, if you as an individual want to demonstrate your appreciation to the guide for that job well done.

Important Restrictions

  • Please arrive 10 minutes early as the tour starts on time. You will not be able to catch up to the tour if late.
  • Just tell the guide your name. No need to print out the ticket.
  • ACTIVITY TAKES PLACE RAIN OR SHINE: The activity runs regardless of weather conditions. In the rare situation where the seller is forced to cancel the event, ticket-holders will be allowed to reschedule to another time (subject to availability) or offered a refund.
  • ACTIVITY TAKES PLACE OUTDOORS: Dress appropriately for the weather-downtown Manhattan is particularly windy.
  • Security screening will take place prior to entering the ferry. Statue of Liberty is managed by the United States Park Police and visitors to the park are required to undergo airport-style security screening and all persons and property are subject to search. Do not bring weapons. Backpacks, strollers and large items must be checked into lockers on Liberty Island. These lockers are available for $2.00 per locker. This fee is not included.

Rescheduling Policy

  • Free Rescheduling 48 hours prior to tour: You can always reschedule any tour without penalty if done 48 hours prior to tour time.
  • Inside of 48 hours, rescheduling fee is $20/person.
  • Refund after rescheduling: Once you have been rescheduled, there can be no refunds if you decide not to take the tour.

Meeting Location: In front of the Book Store in Castle Clinton, Battery Park

By Subway:
  • to Bowling Green
  • to Whitehall Street
  • to South Ferry

By Car: Click here to view a map of nearby paid parking spaces. Not recommended due to unpredictable traffic which may cause you to miss the tour.

Tour Bus Loading/ Unloading and Parking: Click here for a map of DOT’s authorized bus layover and unloading locations.

Tour ends at Ellis Island.

Examine the collection housed inside the Pedestal Museum, from the original bones of the statue to one of the first flames of her torch. Then make the climb to the top of the pedestal and enjoy unparalleled views of the NYC skyline at her feet. Explore the island on your own, or grab a quick bite before rejoining your guide for the trip to Ellis.

On Ellis Island, you’ll visit the Museum of Immigration, housed in the original Immigration Station, beautifully restored after decades of neglect. Hear the arduous and often heartbreaking stories of the millions of immigrants who once walked these halls. Explore the museum collection or search the immigrant archive and discover your own personal history.

As a prominent historian, he shared his in-depth knowledge with such contagious enthusiasm
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This tour of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island exceeded my expectations. Tom was very organized and had lots of great information to share.

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