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What you can expect during this experience
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Contactless payment for gratuities and add-ons
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Hand sanitizer available to travellers and staff
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
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Face mask available for a $1 fee. Under World Travel & Tourism Guidelines, all guests must pass a Health Check before their tour start (which will ask if you have traveled from or through a COVID hotspot).
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Updated 20/08/06 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Overview
Enjoy a seamless visit to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island in New York Harbor. This tour benefits from early reserve-line access for a round-trip ferry trip, as well as an optional early morning departure time that puts you ahead of many sightseers. Your guide takes you through Lady Liberty’s pedestal and its observation decks (if upgrade selected), as well as through the Great Hall exhibits at Ellis Island.
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    Castle Clinton National Monument
    New York, NY 10004, USA
    Please meet your guide on the steps outside of Castle Clinton's North Entrance (the far side from the water). The tour guide will be there 15 minutes before the tour starts and will be carrying an orange flag.
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  • 1
    Statue of Liberty
    Stop: 2 hours - Admission included
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  • 2
    Ellis Island
    Stop: 60 minutes - Admission included
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  • 3
    Ellis Island Immigration Museum
    Stop: 60 minutes - Admission included
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  • You'll end at
    Ellis Island
    Ellis Island, United States
    Tour will end on Ellis Island. Guests can spend more time there if they wish or they can head back on the first ferry returning to Battery Park.
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Highlights
  • Gain early boarding access for your ferry to Liberty and Ellis Islands
  • Take in views from the Statue of Liberty’s observation deck (available as an upgrade)
  • Explore Ellis Island Immigration Museum with your expert guide
  • Wander Ellis Island on your own, and catch the ferry when you’re ready
What to Expect
Meet your guide and group in Battery Park before the start of your Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island tour. From there, your guide escorts you to the ferry, where you can skip the lines with early reserve-line boarding. The ferry drops you off on Liberty Island where your guide takes you on a guided tour of the grounds. Access to the Liberty Island Museum is included. Your guide helps you transition from place to place, so you never waste time asking for directions or getting lost. If you've upgraded, you also enjoy access to the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty and the observation decks. After you’re done at the statue, head back to the ferry for your ride to Ellis Island. Explore the island with your guide in the Ellis Island Immigration Museum. Then decide if you’d like to stay and wander the island more on your own. Your tour ends with a ferry ride back to Battery Park.
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Important Information
Departure Point
Castle Clinton National Monument, New York, NY 10004, USA
Duration
3–5 hours
Return Details
Ellis Island, United States
Inclusions
  • Priority line access to board the ferry to save time at departure
  • [Closed 2020] Access to the Pedestal Monument at Liberty Island if Upgrade Option selected
  • Access to the new Liberty Island Museum
  • Access to the Immigration Museum at Ellis Island
  • Expert English speaking guide
  • Entry/Admission - Statue of Liberty
  • Entry/Admission - Ellis Island
  • Entry/Admission - Ellis Island Immigration Museum
  • Guaranteed to skip the lines
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
  • Lockers for large items on Liberty Island (available for $0.25)
  • Crown Access at the Statue of Liberty
  • Face mask available for a $1.00 fee
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Please arrive 15 minutes prior to the start of the tour. The tour departs promptly and if late, you will NOT be able to catch up and will miss the tour. There are no refunds for missing the tour.
  • Please note the earliest time tour will have the least wait. Later tours will encounter longer wait times.
  • The guided portion of the tour is approximately either 2 or 4 hours. However, we recommended allowing at least 1 additional hour to fully experience Ellis Island. Return to Battery Park is at the participants' own leisure.
  • Food available for purchase on the ferry, at the Statue of Liberty, and on Ellis Island
  • Operates in all weather conditions. Please dress appropriately.
  • Security screening will take place prior to entering the ferry. Visitors to the park are required to undergo airport-style security screening.
  • Backpacks, strollers and other large items must be checked into lockers on Liberty Island. These lockers are available for $2 per locker. This fee is not included.
  • Some parts of this tour are not wheelchair accessible (top of the pedestal is not large enough for a wheelchair).
  • Photographs are permitted, but tripods and monopods are prohibited.
  • Children 3 and under free with paid adult ticket.
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Diane C wrote a review 02 May
Rye, New Hampshire46 contributions20 helpful votes
After visiting NYC many times, my kids were very excited to visit the Statue of Liberty on this trip. Chris was a great guide, kept us entertained while educating us. Dock one star because the meet up place was chaotic-instructions say Meet at the Bookstore which isn’t open.
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Alejandro Sarmiento wrote a review Apr 2021
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The tour was amazing, the guide was very friendly and polite. The city is open again! Everybody should take this tour. Remember to use your mask. I loved it.
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Date of experience: April 2021
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Michelle L wrote a review Apr 2021
Plainfield, Connecticut4 contributions2 helpful votes
One name sums up this entire experience...NICOLA!!! He was without a doubt the best tour guide experience I've ever had. His knowledge was mind blowing, his enthusiasm was infectious and it was very apparent his love for sharing with everyone. Even all the other staff members we
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Date of experience: April 2021
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Katherine R wrote a review Apr 2021
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Nicola from Yellow Shoes Tours was hands down INCREDIBLE!!! His knowledge and ability to provide the tour in such a fun manner is second to none!!! He is also one of the kindest humans I've ever encountered, who's clearly built tremendous relationships with the staff at
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Lady Appleberry wrote a review Apr 2021
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Chris T was fantastic. We learned so much about the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. We took the morning tour and it was well social distanced. Chris took pictures of us and also shared info and map to get us to our next destination. All around champ and great guy
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Date of experience: April 2021
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Brian was an amazing guide for our 9/11 Tour as a lead in to the Museum Tour. His personal insights really brought
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Thank you for the wonderful tour experience. Chris was clear and fun as a tour guide. We had a fun experience.
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NYC in a day!
Jen was very knowledgeable and took us on an amazing walking tour of NYC. She is excellent with making sure to hit
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Wonderful NYC experience
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Jenn Andres was a wonderful guide. She was knowledgeable and fun to spend the day with. It was our first trip to N
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Excellent Experience—One We Will Treasure
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