Ellis Island
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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 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.

Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island Guided Tour

2. 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.

NYC: 9/11 Memorial and Financial District Walking Tour

3. NYC: 9/11 Memorial and Financial District Walking Tour

Explore Manhattan’s oldest district on a 2.5-hour guided walking tour through some of the city’s most famous sights. With your professional, local NY guide, you’ll venture through the famed Financial District, including Wall Street, and end up at the peaceful and hauntingly beautiful 9/11 Memorial plaza.   Meander the Financial District’s narrow, bustling streets where you'll check out the former Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House, the iconic New York Stock Exchange, the Federal Reserve Bank, and more historical sights. You’ll also pass by one of NYC’s most popular and beloved statues: the Charging Bull, a symbol of financial might. The tour culminates with a visit to the 9/11 Memorial, former site of "Ground Zero.” Witness the memorial reflecting pools that occupy the footprints of each of the former Twin Towers of the World Trade Center. Gain insight into what it was like to live through the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks and its aftermath, while learning about many unsung heroes and acts of selflessness.   Other highlights of this comprehensive tour include the beautiful Trinity Church and cemetery, including the final resting place of Founding Father Alexander Hamilton; St. Paul’s Chapel; and views of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island.

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What people are saying about Ellis Island

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 1,930 reviews

The experience was amazing. The tour guide was very nice and even as it rained he made sure we got to hear the history of battery park. What an incredible experience to see Lady Liberty and the New York skyline. The only actual complaint was the treatment of the Alied Security personnel. The male Security guard was very rude and disrespectful. Then the female guard hit my husband with the Security wand on purpose.

We loved our 2-hour tour to the Statue of Liberty. Our guide was so knowledgable and passionate about Lady Liberty. I heard my 10 yo granddaughter tell someone back home it was her favorite learning activity in the NYC visit!

Very good experience, great guide Owen Thomas was our guide and very knowledgeable New Yorker. He was outstanding and made the tour very comfortable and amazing

I wish I could give a 10 star rating. It was amazing tour of the Statue of Liberty and Eli’s island.

Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and made the tour interesting as well as fun