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NYC: Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island First Tour of the Day

1. NYC: Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island First Tour of the Day

Be the first of the day to discover two of New York’s most iconic monuments with exclusive first ferry tour departure to Liberty Island, including a visit to the Statue of Liberty Museum and Ellis Island. Watch American history come to life with the only tour operator that runs ferries this early. Arrive at the grounds just under the watchful eye of Lady Liberty, where great views across NYC's skyline, Lower Manhattan, and the Big Apple await. Then, board the city's earliest ferry to Ellis Island (early morning tour only), ensuring you avoid the swelling afternoon crowds. Follow in the footsteps of some 12 million immigrants and learn about the process those hopeful individuals went through to settle in America. View and walk the Stairs of Separation, growing to understand the Island's two very unique names - "The Island of Hope" and "The Island of Tears". After your guide has explained to you the history, they will give you the option to continue your exploration of Ellis Island on your own with the audio guide (included) or return to The Battery on the ferry with them. If you wish, feel free to stay on Ellis Island a bit longer to explore your personal heritage and find all the unique and interesting sights in the special location.

New York: Pier 36 Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island Cruise

2. New York: Pier 36 Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island Cruise

Enjoy views of famous landmarks on the Manhattan skyline during a 60-minute roundtrip sightseeing cruise by boat. Depart from Pier 36 right under the Brooklyn Bridge then travel toward South Street Seaport and Battery Park. Get up close to within 100 feet of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island for the most incredible photos opportunities. Admire views of One World Trade Center, the Empire State Building, the Brooklyn Bridge, Battery Park, and more. Make the most of the full cash bar with snacks and drinks available to purchase onboard.

NYC: Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island Tour with Ferry

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

Embark on an inspiring and educational journey to one of the most iconic monuments in the world, the Statue of Liberty. 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. Next, enjoy priority boarding onto the ferry to Liberty Island. As you cross the New York Harbor, see 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. Once finished at Liberty Island, hop back on the ferry to the infamous Ellis Island, known as the Gateway to America. Here, you are free to visit the Ellis Island Immigration Museum and learn about how newly arriving immigrants were processed. All options include ferry service from Battery Park, Liberty Island, Ellis Island, and back to Battery Park. 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: Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island Guided Tour

4. New York City: Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island Guided Tour

Take a ferry and see two of New York's iconic islands: Liberty Island and Ellis Island. Get up close and personal with the Statue of Liberty and learn the history behind the statue and how it came to be on Liberty Island. The tour includes priority, reserved access to the islands; a professional, licensed NYC tour guide who will guide you through both islands; and access to the Statue of Liberty Museum and the National Museum of Immigration on Ellis Island. On Ellis Island, you will learn about the journey of the millions of immigrants who passed through the island from 1892-1924, arriving in America, in search of a better life. Due to site regulations, your guide might not be able to accompany you inside the museums. However, they will offer a complete explanation of what you will experience inside.

NYC: 9/11 Memorial, Wall Street, and Statue of Liberty Tour

5. NYC: 9/11 Memorial, Wall Street, and Statue of Liberty Tour

See iconic sights in New York City with this walking tour. See the somber 9/11 monument. Walk by Wall Street's Charging Bull statue on the way to Battery park. Ride the Ferry to the Statue of Liberty and visit the Ellis Island Museum. Meet your guide at St Paul's Chapel and walk to the 9/11 Memorial. Reflect at the Memorial Pools and learn about the design choices used for this monument. Marvel at the skyscrapers in NYC’s financial district. Snap pictures of the emblematic Charging Bull. Let your guide tell you about the Statue of Liberty at Battery Park. Board a ferry to the Statue of Liberty. Listen to your audio commentary as you take a self-guided tour at the Statue of Liberty. Continue to the Ellis Island Museum. Explore this former immigration complex on a self-guided tour. Find out about the history of immigration in this diverse city.

Sailing Tour New York with Brooklyn Sail

6. Sailing Tour New York with Brooklyn Sail

Experience the magic of NYC from the water on this sailing cruise from Brooklyn. Feel free to bring your own food and drinks. Capture pictures of iconic sights like the Manhattan skyline and Brooklyn Bridge.  Meet your captain and begin your sailing adventure. Get up close to sights like Governors Island and the towering Statue of Liberty. View the immense Brooklyn Bridge from the water. See a piece of history as you pass by Ellis Island. Take in views of the World Trade Center.  Celebrate a birthday or anniversary, make a memorable proposal, build a tighter work team, or make a regular day special with an NYC cruise. Return to your meeting point at the end of your cruise. 

New York: 9/11 Memorial Museum & Statue of Liberty Cruise

7. New York: 9/11 Memorial Museum & Statue of Liberty Cruise

The Hunt for Bin Laden opened at the 9/11 Memorial Museum in November 2019. The exhibition examines the 10-year search for Osama bin Laden, documenting the intelligence and military activities that led to a compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, where the leader of al-Qaeda was killed nearly 10 years after 9/11. With this experience, you will enter the museum on the memorial pool grounds with express tickets. The museum preserves the memory of past events and the promise of renewal through reconstruction. The museum recognizes the power of place and highlights the authentic archaeological remnants of the World Trade Center. The Survivors’ Stairs lie at the end of the ramp. This staircase at the edge of the elevated World Trade Center Plaza provided an unobstructed exit for people fleeing the site. As you enter the museum you will walk in the steps that lead hundreds of survivors to safety on September 11, 2001. When you conclude, you can enjoy views of famous landmarks on the Manhattan skyline during a 1-hour scenic sightseeing cruise from Pier 36. From right under the Brooklyn Bridge, travel toward the South Street Seaport and Battery Park. You will then get to within 100 feet of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island for incredible photo opportunities. Make the most of t. Cruise departs daily at 10:30am, 12:30pm, 2:30pm & 4:30pm.

Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island Guided Tour

8. Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island Guided Tour

This 3-hour guided tour runs daily and it includes entrance fees, a professional art historian guide and private and small group tour options. The tour begins at Battery Park, one of the oldest parts of Manhattan. Here you’ll find the country’s first immigration center, Castle Garden Immigration Station, which operated until Ellis Island opened. Take a ferry to visit Liberty Island where the Statue of Liberty keeps an eye on incoming ships. Visit the statue at your own pass. Before, you will learn all about Fort Wood, which now acts as the base for the statue, offered to the US by France in 1886. Hear all about its creator, Bartholdi, as well as contributions by famed architect Gustave Eiffel, of Tower fame. Another ferry will whisk you across the water to Ellis Island. Here, millions of European newcomers wandered the very luggage rooms and registry rooms that you will enter, learning about the medical examines and surprising conditions faced by immigrants. Feel the fear at the separation stairs or the elation at the kissing post where families’ lives changed forever. You’ll end your tour at the Wall of Honor, where you can search for your family’s name among the some 700,000 names commemorating those who entered the United States here. This tour is the ideal way to remember, and celebrate, the immigrants that contributed so much to America’s success.

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What people are saying about Ellis Island

Overall rating

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based on 207 reviews

Everything went smoothly. Processing was easy. Guide was on time. Guide was pleasant and knowledgeable and had a great sense of humor. It was an enjoyable and memorable experience. I would recommend this company.

What a great way to start the day in Manhattan! Super chance to be on the day's first ferry and to have the support and experience of Sara, a great storyteller and guide! Highly recommended!

Great sights by the boat and talks about the buildings along the way. It is with stating to walk around the building and follow tour signs since that was a little confusing at the pier.

Ian is a wonderful host. Respectful, caring, great story teller. The route was well designed to showcase nyc sights. It’s been truly amazing day.

Our guide was waiting for us where and when promised. Check-in was smooth and easy. Tour started on time.