Full Day Highlights of the Statue of Liberty and Downtown New York City

Travel CuriousCastle Clinton National Monument, Battery Park, New York, NY 10004, United StatesNew York City, NY 10004
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Let downtown New York City unfold before your eyes on this full day walking tour! Aside from seeing several must-see sites in the Manhattan borough like the 9/11 museum and the Financial & Historic Districts, guests will also enjoy tickets to the beloved landmarks of the Liberty Island and Ellis Islands. Don’t miss out on this jam packed NYC adventure!

up to 7 hrs 1 or more people

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from Ashley, one of our New York City Travel Experts
  • Hear about the history of the Statue of Liberty, Ellis’ Island, and Midtown NYC on this walking tour!
  • This entire tour takes up a full day {approximately 8 hours) in duration.
  • Tour is suitable for history buffs of all ages. Families are welcome to join.
  • Entrance and access to the Liberty Island Ferry, The Statue of Liberty, Liberty Island Museum, Ellis Island Museum, and the 9/11 Museum is included.
  • Food and gratuities are not included on this tour.
  • This is an exclusive guided walking tour.


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Explore the most popular landmarks of historic New York City in a day, including the Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island, and embark on a full-day tour perfect for first-time visitors that want to make the most of their time in the city that never sleeps.

On your private tour, you will:

-See the Statue of Liberty up close and learn of her remarkable story, as well as her significance to modern America;
-Explore Ellis Island and the story of US immigration;
-Enjoy a breathtaking view over the Manhattan skyline from the water;
-Learn about New Amsterdam in the Historic District of New York, settled in 1624;
-See several of the area’s highlights, including Trinity Church, Battery Park, the Charging Bull statue and the Fearless Girl statue;
-Hear about the modern financial system, as designed by Alexander Hamilton, and see several of the area’s main sites, including the New York Stock Exchange and the Federal Reserve Bank, from the outside;
-Visit the National 9/11 Memorial and see how the tragic events of 2001 are remembered;
-Finish your tour at Ground Zero with entrance tickets to the 9/11Musem, where you will be able to explore the museum at your own pace.

Please note that tour guides are not allowed to guide inside the Statue of Liberty Museum and the Ellis Island Immigration Museum. Your guide will give you full information on each island and then silently accompany you through the museums. He/she will be able to answer questions you may have but not actually “guide” you through the museums.

You will begin your tour at Castle Clinton, a former Fort in Battery Park, where you will board the ferry to the famous Liberty Island. Along the way, you will learn about the remarkable history of the Statue of Liberty, as well as its significance to modern America. From here, you will also be able to enjoy a breathtaking view over the Manhattan skylines and harbour.

It is estimated that forty per cent of the entire US population can trace at least one relative's arrival to the US, through the port of New York and Ellis Island.

Boarding at Liberty Island, you will hear all about the fascinating history of the Liberty figure, and how this 100th birthday gift to America from France was shipped from Paris to New York, and finally unveiled after 10 years of construction in 1886.

After lunch, your tour continues in the heart of Wall Street, where the history of New York City began as New Amsterdam in the early 1600s. As you make your way through Wall Street, you will discover how an 18th-century street bazaar would eventually become a centre for global commerce.

At the National 9/11 Memorial, your guide will share with you the history of the World Trade Center, discuss the tragic events of 9/11, and walk you through the Memorial’s design. The area formerly known as 'Ground Zero' is now the site of a moving memorial and has indeed become an important historic landmark.

Here your knowledgeable guide will tell you of the events leading up to the untimely destruction of the towers, as well as share some of the heart-wrenching stories of the families, survivors and 9/11 heroes. You will also visit St. Paul's Chapel, which miraculously survived the 9/11 attack.

Your tour finishes with entrance tickets to the 9/11 Museum. Your guide will take you to the queue, and give you your timed tickets before departing with you. Once inside the museum, you are free to explore the museum at your own pace.

- A friendly, professional English-speaking tour guide for your own private group
- Roundtrip ferry tickets to Liberty and Ellis Islands
- Statue of Liberty Museum at Liberty Island
- Immigration Museum access at Ellis Island
- 9/11 Memorial Museum admission tickets

- Food and drink
- Gratuities
- Hotel pick up and drop off
- Tickets to the Statue of Liberty Pedestal/Crown

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Frequently Asked Questions about Full Day Highlights of the Statue of Liberty and Downtown NYC

Where is the meeting point for this Travel Curious tour?

You will be meeting your guide for the Full Day Highlights of the Statue of Liberty and Downtown NYC tour at the base of the flagpole inside Castle Clinton National Monument, Battery Park, New York, NY 10004, or as advised on your e-ticket. Please be at the location 10-15 minutes prior to your tour.

How long is this Travel Curious tour?

The entire Statue of Liberty and Downtown NYC tour lasts for approximately 8 hours long.

What is included in the tour package?

You will be given priority access tickets to the Liberty Island Ferry, Liberty Island, the Statue of Liberty Museum, the Immigration Museum at Ellis Island, 9/11 Museum, a local English-speaking guide, and an expertly guided walking tour. This tour is suitable for all ages, culture vultures, and history buffs. Their tours are all given in English, but numerous guides may speak other languages. Please contact the number provided on the e-ticket to see if they can accommodate any special requests!

What landmarks will we be on the Statue of Liberty and Downtown NYC tour?

You will be seeing and touring the following areas: (1) Battery Park where the ferry to Liberty Island is located at (2) Liberty Island Ferry Screening Facility Queue, where you will have priority entry to. (3) The Statue of Liberty and all her glory at Liberty Island (4) Ellis Island and its story of US immigration (5) The New York Stock Exchange (external) and the Federal Reserve Bank (external), where you will learn about Alexander Hamilton's modern financial system design (6) Other highlights in the Financial District like the Trinity Church, Battery Park, the Charging Bull statue and Fearless Girl statue. (7) The National 9/11 Memorial and how September 9, 2001 is remembered. (8) Ground Zero, with full appreciation of the Memorial Pools (9) The 9/11 Museum, where you will end the tour and explore the building at your own pace

Is transportation included?

This is a family-friendly, guided walking tour. Transportation is not included in the Statue of Liberty and Downtown NYC tour.

Is parking provided?

No, but there are multiple parking garages and street parking available near departure point. Some of which is the State Pearl Garage, Battery Place Parking and the Quik Parking near Battery Park. All garages charge according to length of stay, time of the day, and day of the week. You can also contact the phone number on your e-ticket to ask for advise on how to get to the departure point via car or public transport.

Are there any age/physical/health/etc. restrictions for this tour?

This tour is suitable for all ages. All guests must be at moderate physical fitness as the majority of the Statue of Liberty and Downtown NYC tour will be spent walking.

What should I bring?

Bring your camera and cash on hand for food, any other purchases or gratuities(optional)!

What should I wear?

Wear comfortable clothing on this Travel Curious tour. Wearing casual clothing and comfortable shoes is recommended.

How many people are on a tour?

This is a private walking tour and your group! All of their private tours are 100% exclusive, which means that it will just be you, your group and your guide on the tour.

How does Travel Curious ensure the quality of their guides?

All tour guides currently active go through a vetting process in which they carry out interviews, check previous reviews and employers references if applicable. More importantly, they make sure that these guides provide an excellent experience for the guests.