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NYC: 1-Hour Cruise Around Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island

1. NYC: 1-Hour Cruise Around Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island

Take a 60-minute boat ride to within 100 feet of the Statue of Liberty. Cruise right under the Brooklyn Bridge and see the most famous skyline in the world. Your live English guide will point out the sites as you journey along the river including the Empire State Building, the new Freedom Tower, the Manhattan Bridge, Governor's Island, and more. Make use of both the indoor and outdoor seating, along with large open windows for your viewing pleasure. Get within touching distance of "Lady Liberty" and then move on to Ellis Island to take photos of the famous entry point to New York City. Marvel at the skyline of Manhattan and its famous skyscrapers, including the new One World Trade Center. Glide down both the east and west sides of Lower Manhattan on this roundtrip cruise, and purchase drinks and food from the concession stand aboard the boat. 

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

2. 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.

NYC: Statue of Liberty Express Skip-the-Box-Office Cruise

3. NYC: Statue of Liberty Express Skip-the-Box-Office Cruise

Departing from Downtown Manhattan in Battery Park, this 50-minute express cruise is the fastest way to get up close and personal with the Statue of Liberty. The best views are definitely from the water and you'll enjoy the insights of your fun, onboard tour guide with live narration. Begin your cruise experience at Battery Park's Slip 6. Get your souvenir photo with Lady Liberty in the background while you wait.  Board the vessel, sit back, and set sail on your round-trip sightseeing cruise. Bask in the panoramic view of downtown New York's celebrated towers, memorials, and Landmarks while you relax on board the state-of-the-art boat.  Cruise right over to see the Statue of Liberty, one of the most iconic symbols in the world. On your way to Lady Liberty, you’ll sail past and learn about Ellis Island, once home to the United States’ busiest immigration station, where approximately 12 million immigrants came through.  You will also see Governors Island, a former military base that has since been redeveloped with a beautiful park for the public to enjoy.

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

4. 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.

New York City: Sunset Boat Cruise to Statue of Liberty

5. New York City: Sunset Boat Cruise to Statue of Liberty

Embark on a scenic boat cruise at sunset around the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, and Brooklyn Bridge. Feel the wind in your hair and watch the colors of the sunset take over the dusk sky as you cruise on the calm waters around Manhattan, marveling at the city views from your unique perspective. First, choose a seat either on the outdoor or indoor decks, then sit back and relax as you travel to see the Statue of Liberty. Continue towards Ellis Island, where you have the opportunity to take photos of the famous entry point to New York City with the sunset in the background. Take in views of the Manhattan skyline and its famous skyscrapers, including the One World Trade Center, as you cruise along the east and west side of Lower Manhattan. Listen to your guide as they share information about these iconic sites, including the history of the Empire State Building, Manhattan Bridge, Governor's Island, and more.

New York City Sunset Cruise: Sail Schooner Adirondack

6. New York City Sunset Cruise: Sail Schooner Adirondack

Experience a New York City sunset from the water on this evening sightseeing sail past some of the borough's waterside landmarks. Climb aboard a beautiful 80-foot Adirondack for a peaceful, picturesque sail away from the concrete and noise of the city. Enjoy an illuminated view of the spectacular New York City skyline and the many famous sights along the way. Admire the beautiful Battery Park, the 20-acre park located at the southern tip of Manhattan, where artillery has been stationed over the centuries. Sail past Ellis Island, the immigrant doorway to America from 1892 to 1954. Take in a unique of New York's famous Statue of Liberty, a French gift that arrived in New York harbor in 1885 and has come to represent our nation's freedom and ideals. During the course of your sail, enjoy a complimentary alcoholic drink and take in the elegance of this unique sailing tour.

NYC: Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island Tour with Ferry

7. 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.

NYC: Macy's July 4th Fireworks Party Cruise from New Jersey

8. NYC: Macy's July 4th Fireworks Party Cruise from New Jersey

Celebrate Independence Day New York style on a 2-story boat cruise with an outdoor deck area. Admire views of Manhattan’s skyline and landmarks being lit up by Macy’s annual 4th of July fireworks. Enjoy a buffet dinner with an open bar, a live DJ, dancing, and toys for children. Departing from Liberty Harbor Marina in Jersey City on the Hudson River, take in unparalleled views of Ellis Island, Liberty Island, the Statue of Liberty, and One World Observatory from the water. See Liberty State Park, Jersey City, Hoboken, Staten Island, and the Manhattan Skyline. Once on the East River, spot the Manhattan and Brooklyn bridges, City Hall, the Woolworth Building, South Street Seaport, the Lower Manhattan Skyline, the Empire State Building, and Wall Street. Enjoy the live DJ with dancing on the outdoor deck as you make your way to your front-row seats to the Macy’s fireworks display. Experience the largest fireworks show in the United States from the water. During the cruise and before the fireworks (which usually start around 9 PM), snack on appetizers and food from the buffet stations. There is also an open bar featuring mixed drinks, beer, wine, juices, and sodas, as well as coffee, tea, and water. Once the fireworks display is over, the boat will make its way back to the meeting point.Menu (may be subject to change): • Assorted appetizers• Taco station• Pasta station• Sliders (burgers and chicken)• Sausage station• Vegetarian station• 4th of July inspired dessert station

New York: Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island Sunset Cruise

9. New York: Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island Sunset Cruise

Watch the sunset behind the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island on this Manhattan cruise. Get panoramic views of the city skyline with excellent photo opportunities of iconic landmarks like the Empire State Building and the Brooklyn Bridge. Depart from Pier 36 right under the Brooklyn Bridge and travel toward South Street Seaport and Battery Park. Travel on a comfortable ship that is well-maintained. Relax as you capture pictures of stunning views of the Manhattan skyline. Get up close to within 100-feet of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island for the most incredible photos opportunities as the sunsets. Admire views of One World Trade Center, the Empire State Building, the Brooklyn Bridge, Battery Park, and more. While aboard, make the most of the full cash bar with snacks and drinks available to purchase.

2-Hour Statue of Liberty Day Sail on the Schooner Adirondack

10. 2-Hour Statue of Liberty Day Sail on the Schooner Adirondack

Experience New York in a whole new way on this 2-hour sailing trip aboard the Adirondack, an 80-foot, wooden pilot schooner. The noise and chaos of Manhattan will be quickly forgotten as you sail out onto New York Harbor with the breeze in your hair. Sailing New York Harbor allows you to take in the famous Manhattan skyline as it was meant to be seen, from the water - plus you'll enjoy spectacular views of Ellis Island, the Statue of Liberty and the Brooklyn Bridge. The tour heads south from Chelsea Piers and down the Hudson River to Battery Park, passing by Ellis Island and sailing out to the Statue of Liberty. Enjoy a complimentary drink, as well as additional drinks being available for purchase. The aim is for an elegant, relaxing, peaceful, and safe experience for all guests. The engines will be shut down for as long as possible to ensure a true sailing experience.

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What people are saying about Ellis Island

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 4,924 reviews

An excellent trip! I traveled with my two kids (13 & 2) and had a fabulous day. Our guide was brilliant, she was super engaging and knowledgeable. My son said he wished she was his history teacher at school lol! The process was easy. We met her by the pier (She wasn’t easy to identify as I was looking for an orange sign to match the app colours) and had a brief tour of the park before making our way through security and on to the ferry. The views from the ferry were stunning. We took a leisurely stroll around Liberty Island with our guide telling us interesting facts with pictures. We visited the museum and had lunch at the cafe which had a good selection of hot and cold foods. We then went to Ellis Island by ferry, again our guide had pictures and interesting facts. We explored the island before heading back to our hotel. This trip was fun for both my kids and our guide made it really interesting. I’d highly recommend this trip you won’t be disappointed.

Our guide Russell gave us information about the Statue and Ellis Island that you just don’t find in the books. Since this was our first time and we wanted knowledge and not just the experience of looking a guided tour with Russell was enjoyable, educational and an experience we will remember forever!

Our guide Alice was so informative, enthusiastic, knowledgeable, friendly, and helpful. I am taking other friends on the tour again and I hope Alice is again our guide. She is great!

Rob was an amazing guide thoroughly fascinating!! The facts he had for the statue and Ellis Island was fabulous!!

Very nice overview of some of the financial history of downtown NYC!