The Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island Tour Includes:
You will be on your feet for most of the tour. There will be stairs.
The tour is approximately 4 hours. You can stay as long as you wish on the Islands and return to NYC when ready. Total time should be approximately 5 hours to return to Battery Park in NYC.
It is important to arrive at the tour starting location at least 10-15 minutes prior to the start time, as we do start the tour promptly. It would be unfair for the others if we need to wait for those that are late. We cannot guarantee you’ll be able to find your tour group if you are late.
We only cancel the tour during extreme weather conditions. Otherwise the tour goes on. Please check the weather report and be prepared.
The National Park Service does not allow any guiding inside the Pedestal or Liberty and Ellis Island museums. You will have time to explore all on your own during the tour after a brief introduction from our guides.
Tips are always appreciated by our guides, but never expected. They should be given if you believe your guide did an outstanding job, and further, if you as an individual want to demonstrate your appreciation to the guide for that job well done.
No, this tour is not included with the pass.
to Bowling Green
To South Ferry
By Car Click here to view a map of nearby paid parking spaces. Not recommended due to unpredictable traffic which may cause you to miss the tour.
Tour Bus Loading/ Unloading and Parking: Click here for a list of DOT’s authorized bus layover locations.
Tour Ends: Ellis Island
After meeting your guide at Castle Clinton on the southern tip of Manhattan you’ll board the ferry to Liberty Island. Enjoy your early Reserve Line Access ticket to avoid the crowds. During the ride to Liberty Island you’ll learn about the history of the famous statue and learn about how perceptions of Lady Liberty have changed over the decades and through generations.
Once on the island, your guide will show you the grounds and tell you more about what you will see inside the Pedestal and the new museum. You will have time on your own to examine the collection housed inside the museum - from the original bones of the statue to one of the first flames of her torch. Then make the climb to the top of the pedestal and enjoy unparalleled views of the NYC skyline from her feet.
As a prominent historian, our tour guide shared his in-depth knowledge with such contagious enthusiasm
(Ellis Island may not be available for afternoon departures due to time constraints during busy season).
You’ll hop back on the ferry and cruise over to Ellis Island to hear the stories of the millions of immigrants that passed through there between 1892 and 1954. After reaching Ellis Island your guide will point out significant monuments on the grounds including The Wall of Honor. You will get a preview of the Museum of Immigration and what to expect so you can plan to see the exhibits important to you.
The rest of your time on Ellis Island will be free for you to visit the Museum of Immigration, which is housed in the original Immigration Station and has been beautifully restored after decades of neglect. Get a complimentary audio guide to hear the arduous and often heartbreaking stories of the millions of immigrants who once walked these halls. Explore the museum collection or search the immigrant archive and discover your own personal history.
When you are ready you can jump back on a ferry to return to Battery Park.