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Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island: Ticket Options with Ferry

1. Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island: Ticket Options with Ferry

Hop on board the ferry and enjoy a self-guided tour of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. Visit Liberty Island, explore the Ellis Island Immigration Museum, and learn fascinating facts as you go. Begin your experience by departing from Liberty State Park, located in Jersey City, NJ, easily accessible by car. Once you arrive at the meeting point, bypass the ticket line with your pre-purchased ticket. Board the ferry and see the impressive views of Lady Liberty and the NYC skyline. Take note of the ferry's return times to plan your day. Your ticket gives you access to explore two attractions: Ellis Island and Liberty Island (with the Statue of Liberty). On arrival to Ellis Island, pick up your multilingual audio guide at the Immigration Museum. Then, explore what was America’s busiest immigration station for over 62 years. Walk in the footsteps of millions of people from all around the globe who passed through here looking for a new beginning and a new life for their families in America. With access to the American Family Immigration History Center's records, you can search all ship manifests that came through Ellis Island. Use this unique experience to research your family history. Once you're ready to discover Liberty Island, drop off your audio guide and return to the ferry. Upon arrival on Liberty Island, pick up your multilingual audio guide to start exploring the history of the Statue of Liberty. Children also have the opportunity to enjoy a special narration of this self-guided tour. When you are finished, return to the ferry and make your way back to your original departure point.

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.

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

3. 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.

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

4. 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

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!

Very easy and everything went smoothly . Easy to find the venue . Enjoyable boat ride , everyone practiced safety .

Long queue for security and the ferry. But a great experience once you arrive on the island.

This trip is absolutely amazing! Loved every second