Bye! You have logged out from ExperienceFirst.
All NYC Tours
play icon See Tour Preview
tour cover tour cover
review-star 20,133 Reviews

Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island Guided Tour

The global award-winning tour of New York’s two most iconic landmarks
  • When 8:30 AM, 9:30 AM, 12:30 PM daily
  • Duration 5 hours (4 hours guided)
  • Meeting Point Outside the front entrance of Castle Clinton

$67 for adults

review-star
  • Local experts
    Personal stories and insider travel tips
  • Top-rated
    Thousands of reviews averaging 4.9 stars
  • Worry-free booking
    Flexible scheduling and refunds

$67 for adults

$67 for adults

review-star
  • Local experts
    Personal stories and insider travel tips
  • Top-rated
    Thousands of reviews averaging 4.9 stars
  • Worry-free booking
    Flexible scheduling and refunds

Highlights

  • Prep for your visit by learning all about the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island from an expert New Yorker.
  • Climb Lady Liberty to reach the pedestal at her feet with spectacular views of the bay (if open and guided tours allowed).
  • Visit the Statue of Liberty Museum to learn how this French sculpture became the icon it is today.
  • Discover America’s rich cultural history at the Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration, audio guide included.
  • Avoid the crowds with your early reserve-line tickets to access the ferry to Liberty Island.
  • Explore Ellis Island as your guide points out monuments such as the American Immigrant Wall of Honor.
  • Marvel at the stunning panoramas of New York’s skyline with your included round-trip ferry tickets.
  • Get insider tips for the rest of your day here in New York City.

Itinerary

  • Castle Clinton

    The sandstone fort that doubles as our meeting point and a national monument

  • Statue of Liberty

    With access to the Statue of Liberty museum

  • Ellis Island

    Including monuments like the American Immigrant Wall of Honor

  • Ellis Island Immigration Museum

    Stories of the millions of immigrants who came through here from 1892-1954

Make this tour private

Book this tour for just your group, starting from $75 per adult.

Book Private Tour

Plan your trip

Tour ending point

The guided portion of the tour ends at Ellis Island. You can stay as long as you wish and then take the ferry (ticket included) back to Battery Park.

12:30 p.m. tour

Visiting Ellis Island is dependent on the ferry schedule for our 12:30 p.m. tour. Ellis Island may not be available for afternoon departures during the busy season.

Accessibility

This tour is accessible for strollers and wheelchairs.

Refund policy

We offer a 100% refund up to 24 hours before the start time.

Reviews

This tour was so worth it! Nothing to worry about as far as lines, which boat to take, how to get into the attractions, when to arrive, when to leave, what to do, what not to do. All the stress was taken out of the excursion, especially for visitors who don't know NYC well.

Jane
review-star
Great tour and amazing guide & info!
Chris T. had amazing history of a Lady Liberty, Ellis Island, and many interesting facts on how statue came to America. Even though we are social distancing this was an awesome day, great tour, and no lines! If you are thinking of coming to the city, do it! These guides deserve a few more visitors!

— Jacqui

review-star
Amazing Guide (Benoit), Amazing Tour!
The tour guide was Benoit, and he was the best! He was incredibly knowledgeable and had a great personality. He took the time to answer all of our questions. The Statue of Liberty visit was great. He gave a lot of information and then let us explore on our own. He has a great passion for Ellis Island and I left with a much better understanding of the challenges immigrants faced when coming to America through Ellis Island.

— Mark

review-star
Steven Is the Best Tour Guide
Steven was funny, knowledgeable, and amazing!!!! He gave us fun facts, made jokes, and made sure that we saw all the best stuff!!! He went above and beyond, even laying on the cold, cold ground to take our pictures in front of the statute of liberty. One of the best guided tours I’ve ever been on!!!! Would love to see one of his shows on Broadway one day!!!

— Kathy

Meeting point

Outside the front entrance of Castle Clinton in Battery Park

Your guide will be on the steps outside of the north entrance of the castle, holding an orange flag.  This is the entrance facing the buildings in Manhattan.

Already booked your tour? Visit our pre-tour welcome page for more about how to connect with your guide plus tips for your trip.

Castle Clinton

FAQs

How much walking is there?

We’ll be on our feet for most of the tour. At both Liberty and Ellis islands, your guide will lead you on a walking tour of the grounds to point out the different sights. The ferry also has multiple levels with stairs, and there are about 160 steps to reach the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty. If mobility is an issue, please arrange for a private tour.

What can we bring?

Food, backpacks, strollers, and large items must be checked into lockers before entering the Statue of Liberty. The locker fee (typically around $0.25) isn’t included in the tour price. You should also plan for security screenings before entering the ferry or pedestal. Persons and property are subject to search. Prohibited items include weapons, locking blades, tools, non-folding umbrellas, tripods, laptops, tablet keyboards, coolers, luggage, drones, sewing kits, lighter fluid, and anything propelled by aerosol.

Are the Statue of Liberty pedestal and the museums on Liberty and Ellis islands included?

The National Park Service does not allow any guiding inside the Statue of Liberty pedestal, the Statue of Liberty Museum, or the Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration. You will have time to explore these landmarks on your own during your visit after an introduction from your guide.  Currently only the Pedestal is closed.  There has been no information provided on the reopening date.

What is the rescheduling policy?

We understand plans change. We offer a 100% refund up to 24 hours prior to your tour start time. We also offer rescheduling to another date the tour is running at no extra cost if you’re unable to make this tour. Please keep in mind there are no refunds available if you have already rescheduled your tour.

What if it rains?

Our tours run rain or shine, so please check the local forecast to plan. In rare cases when we have to cancel for extreme weather, we’ll offer you the chance to reschedule or give a full refund.

What about gratuities?

Tips are always appreciated but never expected. They’re a great way to tell your guide they did an awesome job and show your appreciation.

NYC travel guides

blog tips cover

Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island: Tips and Updates

As two of the most popular attractions in New York City, the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island are probably on your must-see list — and they should…

blog tips cover

3 Reasons Not To Miss the Statue of Liberty Museum

The Statue of Liberty is without doubt one of the most amazing monuments you will see in New York. That feeling of awe that becomes you as the…