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

1. 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

2. 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

3. 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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NYC: Statue of Liberty Tour with 9/11 Memorial Museum Ticket

4. NYC: Statue of Liberty Tour with 9/11 Memorial Museum Ticket

Enjoy a tour of New York's hotspots all in one day. Explore the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, and the 9/11 Memorial and Museum, and learn about their history and impact on the city from a local guide. Board a ferry and cross the New York Harbor to the Statue of Liberty. Take a self-guided audio tour with the provided headsets. Then, head to Ellis Island to learn about the immigrant experience at the Museum. About 40% of current US citizens can trace their ancestors to Ellis Island, see if you can too. Next, take the ferry back to the mainland and visit the 9/11 Memorial and Museum. These honor all those who lost their lives in the horrific attacks of September 11, 2001, and February 26, 1993. See the 9/11 Museum with its over 10,000 artifacts. Learn how the events of that day impacted the world, and download and listen to the 'Witnessing History Tour" as you tour the exhibits. Explore the exhibition detailing "The Hunt for Bin Laden".

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New York City: Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island Guided Tour

5. New York City: Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island Guided Tour

Since 1886, the Statue of Liberty has welcomed millions to New York City and the United States. You will be able to get up close and personal to this international symbol and learn the history behind the statue and how it came to be on Liberty Island. The tour includes priority, reserved access to the islands; a professional, licensed NYC tour guide who will guide you through both islands; and access to the Statue of Liberty Museum and the National Museum of Immigration on Ellis Island. On Ellis Island, you will learn about the journey of the millions of immigrants who passed through the island from 1892-1924, arriving in America, in search of a better life. Due to site regulations, your guide might not be able to accompany you inside the museums. However, they will offer a complete explanation of what you will experience inside.

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Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island Tour with Reserve Access

6. 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

We loved our 2-hour tour to the Statue of Liberty. Our guide was so knowledgable and passionate about Lady Liberty. I heard my 10 yo granddaughter tell someone back home it was her favorite learning activity in the NYC visit!

Absolutely wonderful. Our guide was Sherrie, she was great in explaining everything, guiding us and giving us every piece of history. My 8 year old son loved it!

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

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!