Early Access Statue of Liberty Tour with Ellis Island in New York, NY

Walks LLCPier A Harbor HouseNew York, NY 10004
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Offering four hours of exploring and learning about some of New York’s top attractions, the Early Access Statue of Liberty Tour with Ellis Island is an ideal experience for guests of all ages. The tour features a local tour guide, admission and ferry boarding to the Statue of Liberty Museum and Pedestal, the Castle Clinton National Monument, the Ellis Island Museum, The Sphere, and more.

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Good To Know

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  • Small groups of 20 people or fewer.
  • Expert guide on hand.
  • Once finished at Ellis Island, you can stay longer or return with group to Battery Park.
  • Priority boarding for ferry from Battery Park to Liberty Island.
  • Arrive at Statue of Liberty before the crowds.
  • Statue of Liberty pedestal access.


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Meet NYC’s most famous lady up close and in person on our Early Access Statue of Liberty Tour.

We’ll start our tour with a little context, visiting the sites around Battery Park. The memorials here rarely get the attention they deserve, from visitors rushing past to board the ferry. The stories they have to tell are well worth hearing though, so we’ll spare some time for the Castle Clinton National Monument, Pier A Harbor House, the American Merchant Mariner’s Memorial, the Sphere and New York Korean War Veteran’s Memorial.

Then it’s off to Liberty Island, with priority boarding to get us the best seats on the ferry – and since we leave so early (often on the first ferry, depending on the time of year) you’ll arrive at the Statue before the crowds. Once there, you’ll enjoy stunning views back over the city and a guided tour that takes you right into the pedestal, getting you closer to Lady Liberty than a regular visit.

Here your guide will teach you a little about the city’s greatest icon. Gifted to the US by France and designed by their finest architects including Gustav Eiffel (whose Parisian Tower you may be familiar with), Lady Liberty wasn’t as warmly received as you would think. With your expert guide on hand, you’ll hear all about the struggle that got her on her feet and made her even more special to the people of New York.

Then it’s back on the ferry and on to Ellis Island, where you’ll follow in the footsteps of 12 million immigrants. With your expert guide on hand, you’ll learn about the lengthy immigration process they went through, walking the Stairs of Separation to understand the island’s two very different names – ‘The Island of Hope’ and ‘The Island of Tears’. Together you’ll explore the museum’s impressive collection of interactive displays, asking all the questions you want of your expert guide. Our tour ends on Ellis Island, so you can stay a little longer if you’d like, or head back on the ferry with your guide.

With small groups of 20 people or fewer and early morning ferries to the islands, we ensure that your tour is peaceful and relaxed, removing the stress and frustrations of the average visit.

  • 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 specifically prohibited items: http://www.nps.gov/stli/planyourvisit/yoursafety.htm

  • 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 $2.00 in bills only (no coins accepted). Please be sure to have dollar bills for the lockers.

  • The ferry does not operate during heavy rain or other adverse weather conditions; when this occurs, an alternative option is provided.

Tripster Customer Reviews

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Wellman Rood
Albion, ME
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"Awesome educational tour"
August 2016
We toured statue of liberty and Ellis island learned so much about both places that I never heard and would to have read every poster and lots of books for all the information
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Tip: Good walking shoes

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Jeffrey M.
Tuscaloosa, AL
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"Wonderful tour with a fantastic guide"
July 2016
Our family of four thoroughly enjoyed this tour of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. Every feature was as promised, and the entire process went smoothly. Our guide, Amanda, was marvellous. She was well-informed and charming. The tour was well worth the price, and we would certainly try another one in our next trip.
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Jon Douglass-Bull
New York City, NY
1 Review
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"A view of liberty"
June 2016
Had an amazing tour with really good weather which help! Nikki , our guide really knew her stuff and kept everyone engaged with her stories during the tour,
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Tip: Bring notes for the lockers, and comfortable footwear too.

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Rachel Morton
Prairieville, LA
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"Great experience"
June 2016
I really enjoyed the tour and as I watched he'd others standing in long linest, I was grateful to have a guide who got us through quickly. Having a guide to answer questions and provide information that you might otherwise miss was invaluable. Only thing I would change would be to add more guided time on Ellis Island
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Tip: Also, plan to go to the 9/11 museum while in the area.

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J Close
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"Great experience"
May 2016
Great tour. Uncle Jeffrey, our guide, was entertaining, engaging and very knowledgeable.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Early Access Statue of Liberty Tour with Ellis Island

How long is the tour?
The tour begins at 8:30 am and is approximately 4 hours long.

What is included in the tour?
All guests receive:

  • Expert local tour guide
  • Fully guided Statue of Liberty tour
  • Ellis Island tour
  • Statue of Liberty Pedestal tickets
  • Ferry to Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, including all tickets
  • Priority ferry boarding from Battery Park – Statue of Liberty
  • Small groups of 20 people or fewer

Is the tour wheelchair or handicap accessible?
The pedestal access to the Statue of Liberty involves a 215-step climb. No elevators are available.

Will we visit the Statue of Liberty’s crown?
No. National Park Services has put a security measure restriction on guest access to this area of the Statue of Liberty.