Things to do in Battery Park City, Manhattan

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NYC: Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island Tour with Ferry

1. NYC: Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island Tour with Ferry

Embark on an inspiring and educational journey to two iconic New York islands, the Statue of Liberty National Monument and Ellis Island. Visit the world famous Statue of Liberty and see where thousands of immigrants entered the United States on Ellis Island. Your tour begins with a guided orientation at Castle Clinton in Battery Park, where you will learn about the history of the neighborhood and the War of 1812. Then enjoy priority boarding onto the ferry to Liberty Island. As you cross the New York Harbor, admire the beautiful downtown Manhattan skyline behind you and snap photos of Lady Liberty from the water. Once at Liberty Island, freely explore the island and the Statue of Liberty Museum or choose the option that includes a guided tour of the island. Once you're finished at Liberty Island, hop back on the ferry to the infamous Ellis Island, known as the Gateway to America. Learn about how newly arriving immigrants were processed as you explore the Ellis Island Immigration Museum by yourself or with a guide. Both the 2-hour and 4-hour tour options include a guided experience of Liberty Island packed with historical facts about the statue. On the 4-hour tour, enjoy an additional guided orientation of Ellis Island.

New York City: The Sightseeing Day Pass

2. New York City: The Sightseeing Day Pass

Take a bite out of the Big Apple with the Sightseeing Day Pass, with access to over 100 experiences, destinations, museums, and tours to choose from. This includes some of the city’s most popular attractions like Top of the Rock Observatory, the Statue of Liberty, MoMA, the New York Aquarium and more! Simplify and save! With the option to select 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, or 10 days, you can enjoy full admission to the attractions that interest you most, saving up to 65% and no fixed start date. The easy-to-use Sightseeing Day Pass is a perfect choice for first time visitors who are excited to see all of New York City and who plan to use the Pass at more than 10 attractions across the five boroughs.  Get out and hit the streets! See the internationally renowned New York City skyline up close with access to five immersive bus tours or take it all in from the harbor on a ferry tour. Get an authentic taste of the city on one of the many themed walking or biking tours. Your Day Pass is activated in NYC the moment you use it at an attraction or service and is valid through the number of purchased consecutive days. Hop-On, Hop-Off double-decker bus ticket is valid for 1 day, regardless of pass duration. New York Top Destinations: • One World Observatory • Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island • Central Park Zoo  • National 9/11 Memorial and Museum  • Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) • Top of the Rock Observatory  • Whitney Museum of American Art • The Edge Experiences:  • Ground Zero Museum Workshop: 100 Images & Artifacts Tour  • Madison Square Garden Tour  • National Geographic's Beyond King Tut Immersive Experience - New and available for limited time until January 1, 2023 Attractions:  • Luna Park Coney Island (seasonal) • Madame Tussauds NYC • New York Aquarium • New York Botanical Garden • Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden • SPYSCAPE • Museum of Jewish Heritage • St. Patrick’s Cathedral Tour – Gold Pass • Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine • Empire State Building • Escape Game New York • Escape Virtuality Museums:  • American Museum of Natural History • Brooklyn Historical Society  • Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum • MoMA PS1 • Museum at Eldridge Street • Museum of the City of New York • National Lighthouse Museum • New York Historical Society Museum and Library • Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum  • Staten Island Museum and Children’s Museum • Brooklyn Children's Museum • South Street Seaport Museum Bus Tours:  • Hop-On, Hop-Off Uptown and Downtown Bus Tours • Escorted Manhattan 5-Hour Tour • On Location Tours - Central Park TV and Movie Sites  • Woodbury Common Premium Outlets Bus trip Cruises:  • Circle Line Landmarks Cruise • City Cruises Alive After Five (seasonal) • Freedom Liberty Boat Tour Walking and Bike Tours:  • Brooklyn Unplugged Tours  • Food on Foot  • Hush Tours  • Experience 1st • Central Park Bike Rental • 2-hour Central Park Bike Tour • Graffiti & Street Art Walking Tour of Brooklyn • Scavenger Hunts - New York

NYC: Battery Park and Statue of Liberty Self-Guided Tour

3. NYC: Battery Park and Statue of Liberty Self-Guided Tour

Experience the convenience of this self-guided audio and GPS tour of Battery Park and the Statue of Liberty in New York. Learn all about these fascinating regions of the big apple from the comfort of your own smartphone.  Begin at the Netherlands monument, where you’ll hear about the huge importance of the Dutch in early New York. Next, visit some Italian history by stopping at Alberti Marker and the statue of Giovanni de Verrazzano.  Stroll to the pier to learn about the war memorials here. Look across the water to admire the Statue of Liberty, before turning to Ellis Island. Enhance your experience with content from local guides, that is brought to life by talented writers, and voice artists. See many other important sites like the World War II Memorial, Staten Island, and the shining SeaGlass Carousel. Use the animated videos on the app to help visualize the past. Save your data with the offline option. 

New York City: Combination Self-Guided Walking Tours

4. New York City: Combination Self-Guided Walking Tours

See everything New York City has to offer at your own pace with a bundled pack of 6 self-guided walking tours. See the Central Park Zoo, stroll through Times Square, and explore the Grand Central Terminal with your Action Tour Guide app. Your tour of Central Park begins at the corner of 5th and 59th and takes you through the best spots in this historic park. Stop at the Central Park Zoo and meander along the famous, tree-lined mall. Visit the famous statues which dot the park, honoring everyone from Shakespeare to Balto. Snap photos at Bethesda Terrace, a beautiful piece of architecture, then head to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Begin your Midtown tour at the busy Columbus Circle. Head to the iconic NYC landmarks of Carnegie Hall, Rockefeller Center, and Times Square. Stroll down Fifth Avenue and window shop in the high-end stores. As you tour, learn about the city's history and the wealthy families who built many of its famous buildings. Finish your Midtown walking tour with a visit to New York’s most iconic skyscraper: the Empire State Building. Start the Grand Central Terminal tour outside and marvel at the stunning architecture. Head inside and tour the terminal, from its opulent upper levels to the speakeasy-style Oyster Bar below. As you walk through the vast Main Concourse and admire the constellation ceiling, hear the Station's fascinating history, including the multimillion-dollar rivalry between the Vanderbilts and the Astors. Your tour of Wall Street begins near Fraunces Tavern, a historic building from the revolutionary period. See the Charging Bull statue and the New York Stock Exchange while learning about the financial district’s seedy underbelly. Hear about Ponzi schemes, famous embezzlers, and thieves who faked their own deaths. Finish your tour with a somber visit to the 9/11 Memorial and see the towering One World Trade Center up close. Start your Battery Park walking tour in the park itself and enjoy the stunning view of the Statue of Liberty. As you stroll, learn the history of this iconic American symbol, including how it got here in the first place. Continue through the park and see its other famous monuments, including the SeaGlass Carousel. Discover Brooklyn on a self-guided tour starting in the center of the DUMBO neighborhood. Stroll through the borough, see New York’s hippest spots, and learn their history. Walk past the homes of famous authors Truman Capote and Norman Mailer and the hotel where a famous Godfather scene was filmed. Stop by a pair of pizza joints with a long-lived rivalry and enjoy beautiful views of the Brooklyn Bridge and the Manhattan skyline.

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Overall rating

4.2 / 5

based on 55 reviews

Jeff was great and gave us loads of insight as well as his own personal stories. One thing to note is that even though it takes 4 hours this is just the talking part and you need to include extra time in your schedule to explore Ellis island museum… we didn’t realise and had booked another tour in Manhattan fairly soon after so had to leave pretty quick but overall was a great experience.

Best in Class Customer Service! Martin and his Mate were fantastic!. It was a wonderful, safe and beautiful YACHT experience for FIVE Fabulous ladies. The catering was awesome. Fantastic drinks and food. Martin has a passion for sailing and just bought a second boat. The music and sailing were beautiful.

Great handy pass to have, easy to add to apple wallet and away you go. Lots of activities available, downside is that sumit isn't available on the pass which is a real shame.

James was awesome. He gave us an excellent time and informed in details all important data concerned the history of statue and the island

Nice morning trip to Statu of Liberty and Ellis Island.