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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.

NYC: Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island Tour with Ferry

2. 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: Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, and 9/11 Memorial Tour

3. NYC: Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, and 9/11 Memorial Tour

Visit over 12 top downtown NYC attractions with this special access ticket and tour. Save time and see more: Statue of Liberty, Museum Access, Ellis Island, 9/11 Memorial, Wall Street, New York Stock Exchange, Charging Bull, Federal Hall, Federal Reserve Bank, Trinity Church, Fearless Girl, and more. Meet your guide in the Financial District to learn about the history of NYC, the early Dutch settlement and how it transformed to the financial capital today. As you walk along Wall Street, you’ll see the New York Stock Exchange, Federal Reserve Bank and other financial and historical institutions. Next stop is the 9/11 National Memorial where you’ll see the enormous reflecting pools, the largest man-made fountains. You’ll hear stories of the events, tragedy and heroism of that day. The guide will take you directly to the Reserve ticket line where you will get priority boarding to the ferry that will take you to Liberty Island. Before sending on your way to Liberty Island, your guide will tell you the key things to check out on Liberty and Ellis Island as well as share the amazing stories of America immigration and the story behind the Statue of Liberty. It is a better experience to explore the Liberty and Ellis Island at your own pace after you are given the history and the key sites to check out. You decide where you’d like to spend more time – whether it is to learn the history and construction of the Statue, admire the views of NYC or look for your ancestors’ names on Ellis Island. As you sail to the island you’ll see the amazing NYC skyline. Get those cameras ready for amazing views of Lady Liberty and NYC. Once on Liberty Island, there are handheld audio guide (available in 9 different languages) you can use while exploring the islands and museums. 8:45: Meet expert guide outside the fence of 24 Broad Street 9:00: Guided tour of Wall Street and the Financial District 10:00: Guided tour of the 9/11 Memorial 11:00: Board Statue Cruises ferry for Liberty and Ellis Island -  Audio Guide available on Liberty 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: Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island Guided Tour with Ferry

5. NYC: Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island Guided Tour with Ferry

Enjoy your visit to an iconic monument on this guided tour to the Statue of Liberty. Experience the beautiful panoramic views of the New York City skyline, which includes the Brooklyn Bridge, The Empire State Building, and more.  Benefit from the experience and knowledge of your guide as they navigate you through the two mandatory security screenings. Immerse yourself in the experience and enjoy the entertaining and informative stories that they will share, bringing your experience to life.  Continue to Ellis Island, home to America’s Immigration Museum and the spot where tens of millions of immigrants took their first steps toward becoming Americans. Follow in the footsteps of this journey, as you visit the Great Hall, the Stairs of Separation, and the Kissing Post.

New York: Statue of Liberty Private Tour for Families

6. New York: Statue of Liberty Private Tour for Families

Meet your guide at the Pier A Harbor House in Battery Park. Hop on the ferry which takes you to Liberty Island. Embark on a guided tour of the island and The Statue of Liberty, a must-see destination of the city and one of the most famous symbols of the United States.  Learn about the history of the monument in a fun and engaging way in a tour designed for all ages. Explore the Pedestal Museum with your guide, and get close to the original torch of the statue. Finish the guided portion of the tour, and your guide can recommend a variety of places to eat, shop, and visit when in New York, You can then continue by visiting the Ellis Island Museum via the ferry, or take the ferry back to Manhattan. Stay as long as you want to explore two of the most visited attractions in the city.

Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island Guided Tour

7. 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

8. 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.

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

9. 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. 

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What people are saying about Ellis Island

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 1,079 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!