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NYC: Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island & Pre-Ferry Tour

1. NYC: Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island & Pre-Ferry Tour

Discover the history of Lower Manhattan on a walking tour of Battery Park, then hop on the ferry to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. Upgrade your tour to experience the latter landmarks with a guide. Learn about the unique history of Battery Park on a 30-minute guided tour with an experienced local guide. Located at the southern tip of Manhattan Island, the 25-acre green park has a varied history and many classic monuments to explore. Learn about the Battery Cannon, Battery Oval, Coast Guard Memorial, Bosque Gardens, and the circular Bosque Fountain. Finish at Castle Clinton, built for the War of 1812 as a centerpiece of the revitalization efforts of the park. Board the ferry for Liberty Island. Benefit from priority boarding. Cross New York Harbor to the Statue of Liberty. Built by Gustave Eiffel, Lady Liberty was a gift to the United States from France. Take a self-guided tour with audio headsets that come in multiple languages. Travel to Ellis Island to hear about the immigrant experiences at the Ellis Island Immigration Museum. It is thought that at least 40% of all current US citizens can trace one or more of their ancestors here. Journey how the facility processed new arrivals at the start of their lives in America. Upgrade to a fully-escorted tour and listen to your English-speaking guide bring the history of Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty to life. This option also includes a guided tour of the 9/11 Memorial after you return to Manhattan.

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Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island: Fast-Track Access

2. Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island: Fast-Track Access

Take a 30-minute Live guided tour in English of Battery Park where you can learn its unique history with a local guide. Located at the southern tip of Manhattan Island, the park has an interesting history and many monuments. You will learn about the Battery Cannon, Battery Oval, Coast Guard Memorial and Bosque Gardens and Fountain. Your tour will also encounter Castle Clinton, which was built in anticipation of the War of 1812 and was the centerpiece of the revitalization efforts of the park. Your guide will then assist you through the various procedures to board the ferry to Liberty Island where you will benefit from priority boarding and save precious time. You will receive priority access to the ferry Line to Liberty Island, before crossing New York Harbor to the Statue of Liberty. Built by Gustave Eiffel, “Lady Liberty” was a gift to the United States from the people of France. You can take a self-guided audio tour with the provided headsets, available in English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, Russian, and Arabic Then, cross to Ellis Island to learn about the immigrant experience at the Ellis Island Immigration Museum. It is thought that at least 40% of all current US citizens can trace one or more of their ancestors to Ellis Island. Here you are able to pick up your audio guide on arrival (available in English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, Russian and Arabic) and explore independently. Journey through the 60-plus years that the facility processed new arrivals at the start of their lives in America. Alternatively, upgrade to an escorted tour and benefit from the services of an English-speaking guide on Ellis Island. This option also includes a guided tour of the 9/11 Memorial once you have returned to Manhattan from Ellis Island.

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New York: Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island Early Access Tour

3. New York: Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island Early Access Tour

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, with a visit to the Statue of Liberty Museum and Ellis Island. 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. Hop on the ferry to Ellis Island and 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.

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

4. 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

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Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island Tour

5. Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island Tour

Meet your guide in Battery Park at Castle Clinton, a former fort. For the comprehensive option, you will have a guided tour of both Liberty and Ellis Island. For the express option, you will have a guided tour of Liberty Island and you can visit Ellis Island on your own. For the essential option, you will get the essential information prior to boarding and access to audioguides while on the island. With all options, you will have roundtrip ferry tickets to both Liberty and Ellis Islands and entry into the museums. You may stay as long as you wish after the tour. No Pedestal access.

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New Jersey: Statue of Liberty Ferry & 9/11 Museum Ticket

6. New Jersey: Statue of Liberty Ferry & 9/11 Museum Ticket

Discover Ellis Island, Liberty Island, and the 9/11 Memorial & Museum from New Jersey with this combo ticket. Enjoy a convenient ferry departure from Liberty State Park, located in Jersey City, New Jersey. Board the ferry with priority access and then admire views from the water of the New York City skyline as well as the Statue of Liberty herself. Your first stop will be Ellis Island, which was America’s busiest immigration station for over 62 years. Tour at your own pace with a multilingual audio guide. Wander around the grounds, search the Wall of Honor for your family members, and visit the Ellis Island Immigration Museum. When you are ready to see the Statue of Liberty up close, head to the ferry line for Liberty Island. A short ferry ride later, arrive on the second island and pick up a multilingual audio guide to explore at your own pace. Discover the grounds and visit the Statue of Liberty Museum, which opened in 2019. When you are done, you can choose to return to New Jersey by ferry or continue on to Battery Park in New York. To visit the 9/11 Memorial & Museum on the same day as your visit the Statue of Liberty, you will need to take the ferry from Liberty Island to Battery Park. Your experience will end in New York City after your self-guided visit to the 9/11 Memorial & Museum. You will then need to make your own way back to New Jersey.

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Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island Tour with Reserve Access

7. Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island Tour with Reserve Access

Visit Ellis Island on this 4-hour tour with a local NY expert tour guide. Enjoy priority reserve boarding for the ferry to the Statue of Liberty (also know as Lady Liberty) — an iconic copper statue designed by Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi and built by Gustave Eiffel. Dedicated on 28 October 1886, this statue was a gift to the United States from the people of France, and stands to this day for America's principles of freedom and welcoming. Take breathtaking photos as you travel on the ferry to the Statue of Liberty. You will be able to see the Manhattan Skyline while on the NY Harbor. The World Trade Center is close to battery park and the best views of the new Freedom Tower is from the Ferry. Continue on the ferry to Ellis Island, home to a federal immigration station that opened in 1892 and continued operations for more than 60 years before closing in 1954. Millions of immigrants passed through the station during that period. It is thought that at least 40 per cent of all current United States citizens can trace one or more of their ancestors to Ellis Island. Enjoy a guided tour of this island from your knowledgeable guide. When the tour concludes, you can choose to stay at Ellis Island to search for records of your family members, or return to Battery Park on a ferry that leaves every 15 minutes. 

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What people are saying about Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration

Christian was a wonderful guide. We were greeted immediately at the meeting point and given clear directions throughout the tour.

The tour guide was very nice and especially down to earth person easy to speak with, friendy

Very interesting. Got a lot of background Information one would not get without guide.

Be ready for large groups and crowds. But there's just nothing like it. Fantastic!

Great enthusiastic guide. Made the trip more alive.