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Early Access Statue of Liberty Tour with Ellis Island & Statue Pedestal

Meet NYC’s most famous lady up close and in person on this fantastic Early Access Statue of Liberty Tour. Enjoy a 360-degree experience of not one but two of America's most iconic sites on an Ellis Island and learn the story of Lady Liberty with stunning views over New York Harbour.

Your day begins early with pre-reserved ferry tickets, getting you onto one of the first ferries heading to Liberty Island. That means that during your Statue of Liberty tour, you'll beat the worst of the crowds and be one of the first groups to reach the Statue. Your guide will lead you on a tour of the island, telling you the story of how the statue came into the world in fits and starts, the project almost coming to ruin numerous times.

Then on to the Statue Museum, located inside the base of the Statue Pedestal, where you'll find the original glass torch and some cool displays about the building of Lady Liberty. Your Statue of Liberty tour continues with special access to the Pedestal. Prepare yourself; it's 215 steps to the top - but it's worth every one. As you climb, you'll be able to see the interior metalwork of the Statue, then emerge at the top for arguably the best view in NYC. From here you'll get panoramic views back over the city, its bridges, and the nearby Ellis Island and Governor's Island.

For the second part of the tour you'll take the ferry with your guide over to Ellis Island, for a deep dive into the history of American immigration. Ellis Island was the first place that some 12 million European immigrants set foot on American soil, though as you'll learn on your tour, not all of them went further. Hear stories of second chances and heartbreak, new lives begun and families torn apart, as you see famous parts of Ellis Island's processing centers (now a Museum) like the "Stairs of Separation" the famous "Kissing Post".

When your tour ends you are free to hop back on the ferry with your guide, ending back in Battery Park; or you continue your exploration of Ellis Island. The Museum here is one of the most interesting in NYC, extremely well-curated with video and audio content, and interactive displays. It also includes a special section to help visitors locate the records of any ancestors that were processed here.

Please Note: For 11.00am and 1.00pm tours during the summer months please note that these tours have NO "early access" to the Statue of Liberty

Experience Includes

  • Special access Statue of Liberty tickets including pedestal access
  • Enjoy a guided tour of the Statue of Liberty
  • Ellis Island Immigration Museum tour.
  • Expert local tour guide.
  • All ferry tickets between Battery Park, Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island.
  • Priority ferry boarding from Battery Park – get on one of the first ferries to Liberty Island
  • Small groups of 20 people or fewer for a more intimate experience

Experience Excludes

  • Statue of Liberty Crown
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel Pick-Up/Drop-Off

Departs

Varies, please see calendar.

Departure location

Meet in front entrance of Pier A Harbor House, 22 Battery Place, in Battery Park, to the right of Statue of Liberty ferry and Castle Clinton

Duration

Around 4 hours

Terms & Conditions

  • You will receive a voucher for this experience. Please read it thoroughly.
  • Itinerary subject to change.
  • Gratuities to guides are appreciated but never obligatory.
  • Comfortable walking shoes are recommended.
  • Please note that the tour meeting time is 15 minutes prior to the start time. No refunds or re-bookings can be provided for late arrivals or no shows after tour commencement or departure.
  • This tour has a maximum capacity of 20 guests.
  • Please note this tour does not include a visit to the Statue of Liberty's Crown, due to security measures in place by the National Park Services who manage the Statue of Liberty.
  • Tour participants must be able to climb and descend 215 stairs from the Statue lobby to the top of the pedestal.
  • Please note that guests will need to pass through airport style security to enter the Statue of Liberty. Certain items are not permitted in the Statue of Liberty and such items will be confiscated and will not be returned. Please refer to the Statue of Liberty’s guidelines on specific prohibited items.
  • Please note, the ferry does not operate during heavy rain or other adverse weather conditions; when this occurs, an alternative option is provided.
  • For 11.00am and 1.00pm tours during the summer months please note that these tours have NO early access to the Statue of Liberty.
  • Please be aware that upon arrival at Liberty Island, if you are carrying a backpack or large bags you are required to put your bag/s into a locker which costs $0.25 only. You MUST have a quarter and cannot use a dime and a nickle for example.