Guided tour

NYC: Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island First Tour of the Day

Activity provider: Walks - US
Guided tour

NYC: Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island First Tour of the Day

Activity provider: Walks - US
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From US$ 56 per person

Likely to sell out

Make the most of your time in New York and enjoy this early-access guided tour of Liberty Island and the Statue of Liberty. Join the only tour allowed on the first ferry of the day to Liberty Island.

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Duration 4 hours
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Live tour guide
Audio guide included

What customers loved


  • Go back in time and hear history come alive with your licensed NYC tour guide
  • Explore Liberty Island without distraction as the first tour group of the day
  • Enter the Ellis Island Museum and search for fascinating facts about your family
  • See the famed NYC skyline with beautiful views of the harbor and Lady Liberty
  • Visit Ellis Island and enjoy personal time to explore this living piece history
Full description

Discover the famous Statue of Liberty on a guided tour and ferry ride. Enjoy early access to Liberty Island, see clear views of the iconic New York skyline, and explore Ellis Island.

Begin your day at The Battery (formerly known as Battery Park), the historical gateway to Lady Liberty. Board the earliest ferry of the day (if you choose the earliest tour time) to avoid the crowds of tourists and sail away from Manhattan to greet the Statue of Liberty. Disembark at Liberty Island and join your guide on a walking tour of the island to learn the origins of the iconic Statue of Liberty. As you walk, take in views of the famed New York skyline and the Brooklyn Bridge. Wander through the Statue of Liberty Museum and see Lady Liberty’s original torch. Next, board the short ferry to Ellis Island. Hear a brief introduction about the Island's historical significance and get recommendations on what to do on the island from your guide. Then, explore this special place at your own pace.

Wander the site, enjoy the official audio guide, search the passenger records for family names, or pause for a quick bite to eat at the popular cafeteria. Either return to Manhattan with your guide on the ferry or stay to explore the island as long as you wish.

  • Local guide
  • Guided walking tour
  • First ferry of the day ticket (first tour time only)
  • Pre-reserved ticket to Statue of Liberty Island (exterior access)
  • Pre-reserved ticket to Ellis Island (includes Ellis Island Museum)
  • Official audio guide on Ellis Island
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Access to Statue of Liberty Crown and Pedestal
  • Tips
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
  • Wheelchair users

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Meeting point

Meet your guide at the front entrance of Pier A Harbor House, 22 Battery Place (to the right of the Statue of Liberty ferry and Castle Clinton). Directions by taxi: Ask your driver to drop you off at Pier A Harbor House, Battery Park, near the Statue of Liberty ferry. Directions by subway: Take Line 4 or 5 to Bowling Green, or Lines 1 or R to Rector Street. Walk towards the water. Pier A Harbor House is to the right of the Statue of Liberty ferry and Castle Clinton. If you are looking for a car park close to the meeting point you can park at 22 Battery Pl, New York, NY 10004, USA. Your guide will be holding a sign that reads 'Walks.'

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Important information

Not allowed

  • Luggage or large bags

Know before you go

  • You will need to pass through airport-style security to enter the Statue of Liberty. Prohibited items will be confiscated and not returned. Please refer to the Statue of Liberty’s guidelines on prohibited items
  • Only the earliest booking time has access to the first ferry
  • The tour complies with all local government health regulations
  • Upon arrival at Liberty Island, if you are carrying a backpack or large bag, you will be required to put your bag(s) into a locker at a cost of 25 cents, payable only with a quarter
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.8 /5

based on 950 reviews

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Excellent guide, Sara, was so knowledgeable and clearly knew how to time every part of our trip, from getting on the boat, where to stand for best pictures, when to provide free time, etc. Her passion for history + NYC was evident. We were so glad we chose a guided tour for this experience- it truly made the history of Statue of Liberty + Ellis Island and the immigrant experience come to life.

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March 9, 2023

We had an amazing tour of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis island. Our tour guide Sara was outstanding. She was extremely attentive throughout the tour. She explained the history of both islands alongside some interesting facts about New York City. She answered any and all questions with a smile. Sara also took the time to take amazing photos of us at each stop. It was certainly beneficial to have a local guide to give us context about what we were seeing. Highly recommend both the tour and Sara as a guide!

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March 1, 2023

We had an early start, but it was so worth it to be among the first group at Liberty Island. Our tour guide Rhiannon was FANTASTIC! She made this such an enjoyable tour. She was extremely informative - we barely needed to read anything in the museums as she had told us all the info beforehand. She was also an excellent photographer, making sure we got great photos in front of Lady Liberty.

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February 17, 2023

Product ID: 51626