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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: Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island Sunset Cruise

4. 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.

NYC: Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island Tour with Ferry

5. 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

6. 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: Sunset Boat Cruise to Statue of Liberty

7. 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. First, travel to 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, while cruising along the east and west side of Lower Manhattan. Your guide can provide additional information about the sites while you view the Empire State Building, Manhattan Bridge, Governor's Island, and more from the boat.

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

8. 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.

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

9. 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.

From Westchester: Shared Helicopter Tour over New York City

10. From Westchester: Shared Helicopter Tour over New York City

Choose a 30 or 45-minute helicopter flight and lift off from Westchester Airport, reaching New York City airspace in just a few minutes. The skilled pilots will dazzle you with bird’s-eye views of Central Park and Midtown Manhattan. Select the 30-minute tour option, and let skilled pilots will dazzle you with amazing aerial views of Midtown Manhattan, Central Park, Hudson River, Yankee Stadium, outside of game times, and more. Choose the 45-minute tour option for views of the Downtown Manhattan/Statue of Liberty area, including the Freedom Tower, Financial District, Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, and Brooklyn Bridge. This is in addition to all sights seen on the 30-minute tour.

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What people are saying about Ellis Island

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 1,116 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.

This was such a great experience for the start of our week in NYC! We surprised the kids and they couldn't have been more excited! Everyone working here was amazing, the helicopter tour was fantastic. Would 100% recommend!

I would highly recommend this tour to anyone traveling to New York City! Not only was it a lot of fun, but very informative as well!

The Statue is incredible! Having a knowledgeable guide made all the difference.

A definite MUST do! It was amazing to see everything from the air!