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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: Ticket Options with Ferry

2. Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island: Ticket Options with Ferry

Hop on board the ferry and enjoy a self-guided tour of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. Visit Liberty Island, explore the Ellis Island Immigration Museum, and learn fascinating facts as you go. Begin your experience by departing from Liberty State Park, located in Jersey City, NJ, easily accessible by car. Once you arrive at the meeting point, enjoy priority line access with your pre-purchased ticket. Board the ferry and see the impressive views of Lady Liberty and the NYC skyline. Take note of the ferry's return times to plan your day. Your ticket gives you access to explore two attractions: Ellis Island and Liberty Island (with the Statue of Liberty). On arrival to Ellis Island, pick up your multilingual audio guide at the Immigration Museum. Then, explore what was America’s busiest immigration station for over 62 years. Walk in the footsteps of millions of people from all around the globe who passed through here looking for a new beginning and a new life for their families in America. With access to the American Family Immigration History Center's records, you can search all ship manifests that came through Ellis Island. Use this unique experience to research your family history. Once you're ready to discover Liberty Island, drop off your audio guide and return to the ferry. Upon arrival on Liberty Island, pick up your multilingual audio guide to start exploring the history of the Statue of Liberty. Children also have the opportunity to enjoy a special narration of this self-guided tour. When you are finished, return to the ferry and make your way back to your original departure point.

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Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island: Fast-Track Access

3. 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

4. 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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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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NYC: Statue of Liberty, Edge & Ground Zero VIP Tour

6. NYC: Statue of Liberty, Edge & Ground Zero VIP Tour

The Big Apple has a lot to offer. Experience the best of the city on a VIP tour with tickets to Edge Observation Deck, Statue of Liberty, and Ellis Island included.   Start your day by exploring Midtown with your expert local guide. Walk by famous NYC landmarks such as Bryant Park, 42nd Street, 5th Ave, Rockefeller Center, Times Square, and Hudson Yards. See the city from above with your entry ticket to NYC's newest observation deck, Edge. Your guide will then take you on the subway down to World Trade Center where you will have an opportunity to pay your respects at the 9/11 Memorial Pools and learn about the events of September 11, 2001. Your tour will end at the entrance to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island ferry where you will be escorted to the security checkpoint. Your guide will give you an orientation of Battery Park, Statue of Liberty, and Ellis Island. You’ll receive a detailed explanation about where to pick up your self-guided audio tours that are available in 13 languages. Take your time and explore these islands at your own pace. When you’re ready, hop back on the ferry to return to Lower Manhattan and enjoy the rest of your afternoon in New York City.

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Statue of Liberty and Liberty Island Small Group Tour

7. Statue of Liberty and Liberty Island Small Group Tour

Step back in time on an amazing tour of Liberty Island and the Statue of Liberty from Battery Park in Lower Manhattan. Walk through the park and discuss its significant history with your student guide as you make you way to the old military fort of Castle Clinton. Skip the long lines to take the ferry to Liberty Island, and then enter the pedestal of the statue on arrival. Visit the museum to learn more about the monument and get great views of Manhattan from the deck. Climb aboard another ferry and sail over to Ellis Island, where the first immigrants to arrive in New York in the 19th century were processed. Explore the museum and memorials to get an insight into how America was built on immigration from the Old World. Then, take the ferry back to Manhattan or choose to remain on Ellis Island to relax, eat or look up your family records.

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NYC: Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, 911 & Cruise Pass

8. NYC: Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, 911 & Cruise Pass

Receive an access pass to 4 of New York City's top attractions which is valid for 7 days but can be completed in 1 day. Gain Fast- track entrance to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island with a Priority Ferry reserve ticket. Receive exclusive skip-the-line entrance to the 911 Memorial Museum. Enjoy a 60 minute sightseeing cruise or sunset cruise with over 10 departure times per day.  Also, take advantage of a 30-minute guided tour of Battery Park, and learn about unique history with a local guide. Located at the southern tip of Manhattan Island, the park has an interesting history and many monuments. Learn about the Battery Cannon, Battery Oval, Coast Guard Memorial and Bosque Gardens and Fountain. End at Castle Clinton, built in anticipation of the War of 1812 and 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. Benefit from priority boarding and save precious time to visit the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island.

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Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island Small Group Tour

9. Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island Small Group Tour

Join an expert guide to get the most out of your trip to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. Buy your own ferry ticket beforehand, then meet your guide on the morning of your tour to board the ferry. Upon arrival on Liberty Island, enjoy a fully guided tour of the island and learn about the history of the Statue of Liberty. Take in the sights of the New York skyline from the observation deck. Then, cross by ferry to Ellis Island to explore the fascinating history of America's peak immigration years. Listen to personal stories, see family photos from the period, and even trace your own family history. Break for lunch at your own expense and then continue your visit on your own. Stay as long as you want before returning to Manhattan.

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Statue of Liberty Ellis Island & One World Trade Observatory

10. Statue of Liberty Ellis Island & One World Trade Observatory

Meet your guide at Battery Park and enjoy Reserved Timed priority boarding for the ferry to the Statue of Liberty on this program. Designed by Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi, the iconic copper Statue was built by Gustave Eiffel. Dedicated on 28 October 1886, it was a gift to the United States from the people of France. Continue 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. After returning to Battery Park, you’ll visit the National September 11 Memorial, the principal monument commemorating the terrorist attacks of 11 September 2001 that killed 2,507 civilians, 72 law enforcement officers, 343 firefighters, and 55 military personnel. The memorial is located at the former site of the Twin Towers, which collapsed on the day of the attacks. Your guide will escort you to the elevator line skipping the long ticket window line and leave you to enjoy the observation deck of the famous One World Trade located in the Freedom Towers. You will experience an amazing video as you board the high-speed elevators with surprising 360-degree video. As the elevator door opens, you will see the most breathtaking view of the NYC skyline, the Bridges and the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island.

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What people are saying about Castle Clinton National Monument

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 5,113 reviews

A essência da América. Adorei o tour, excelente para conhecer melhor parte da história dos Estados Unidos. Muito bem organizado, com audiobooks em várias línguas. Vista fabulosa sobre Manhattan! Se voltar a NY vou repetir este tour!

It was flawless.. first time to Ellis island and the Statue of Liberty had a wonderful time the experience was unique and very educational.

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

Amazing experience with you company. Really frenulum stuff, everything clean and safe. Thank you for amazing journey.

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