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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.

Sailing Tour New York with Brooklyn Sail

2. Sailing Tour New York with Brooklyn Sail

Experience the magic of NYC from the water on this sailing cruise from Brooklyn. Feel free to bring your own food and drinks. Capture pictures of iconic sights like the Manhattan skyline and Brooklyn Bridge.  Meet your captain and begin your sailing adventure. Get up close to sights like Governors Island and the towering Statue of Liberty. View the immense Brooklyn Bridge from the water. See a piece of history as you pass by Ellis Island. Take in views of the World Trade Center.  Celebrate a birthday or anniversary, make a memorable proposal, build a tighter work team, or make a regular day special with an NYC cruise. Return to your meeting point at the end of your cruise. 

New York City: Morning Skyline Tour

3. New York City: Morning Skyline Tour

Join a morning of spectacular panoramic skyline views of the legendary New York City. This 4-hour morning tour is designed to fascinate all visitors: history, movie, and photography buffs alike. Take this opportunity to experience the incredible skyline views from New York tourism's best-kept secret, New Jersey’s waterfront. Then, treat your palate to one of America’s best and well-known pastries at Carlo’s Bakery (from the hit TV show "Cake Boss"). Along your adventure, you will be introduced to the city of Frank Sinatra, the Statue of Liberty, and the Empty Sky Memorial. Your morning tour will take place during the day when the city's famous skyline stand out from across the Hudson River. Visitors report feeling chills, being in complete awe, and feeling speechless when standing in front of Manhattan’s magnificent panoramic views and the most iconic symbol of freedom.

Jersey City: Taste of Downtown Food Tour

4. Jersey City: Taste of Downtown Food Tour

Discover Jersey City's diverse culinary scene. Make your way through local establishments and savor some of the most delicious food and drinks in town. With 100s of restaurants to choose from, you'll experience an exciting and simple method of tasting your way through the local food scene. Count on a mix of four unique hand-picked restaurants, varying from classic Italian (it is Jersey after all), Mexican fusion, new American, and so much more. Come away feeling deeply satisfied, not just by the delicious variety of food but by your newfound appreciation for the food scene in the Heights. Potential Tasting Locations: - Gringo’s- Freetown Road Project - Razza- Luna- Ghost Truck Kitchen- Torico Ice Cream- Bang Cookies Spirit Partners: - Misunderstood Whiskey - Corgi Spirits- Jersey Wine and Spirits

Jersey City: Taste of the Heights Food Tour

5. Jersey City: Taste of the Heights Food Tour

Eat like a local while learning about the history and inspiration behind six diverse eateries during this food tour through Central Ave in Jersey City. Discover why New Jerseyans travel from all over the state to get the most authentic and delicious bites they can’t find anywhere else. Count on a mix of 5-6 unique hand-picked “mom-n-pop” restaurants, ranging from authentic Mexican and Peruvian to West African and so much more. This tour has 2 sit-down tastings and 4 standing (Subject to change). While your local guide will focus on the stories behind the dishes, you’ll also leave with an appreciation for the eclectic art and rich history of the area. Come away feeling deeply satisfied, not just by the delicious variety of food, but by your newfound appreciation for the food scene in the (JC) Heights. Potential Tasting Locations: - Andrea Salumeria (Rated best deli in NJ) - Irmas (Mexican/Salvadorian) - Ozu Foods (Japanese) - El Gordo (Peruvian) - Griot Cafe (Afro-Caribbean inspired) - The LoDG (Rated the best donuts in Hudson County)

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Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 42 reviews

I’m a born & raised New Yorker that never saw the Statue of Liberty up close. I was really surprised at this whole experience. Both islands are very beautiful and clean and you get a stunning view of Manhattan. The ferries get full, but not overbearing. Both the islands and ferries sell food & beverages. Each island has a museum which is fascinating. Make sure you give ample time to see the Museum on Ellis Island. I didn't know that to expect, and wish I had more time to view the museum in full.

Excellent! In any case, get the free audio guide and have the individual stations explained. I almost liked Elis Island better than the Statue of Liberty itself. Definitely recommended.

Once we were on the first ferry it was smooth sailing. We moved at our own pace and saw what we wanted, then got on the next ferry. When we were done, we headed back to Battery Park.

Very convenient to have no time constraints except for the first ferry that takes you to Liberty Island. The museums are beautiful

Remains a must even if super touristic View on Manhattan is just amazing