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Early Access Statue of Liberty Tour with Ellis Island & Statue Pedestal

Early Access Statue of Liberty Tour with Ellis Island & Statue Pedestal

Early Access Statue of Liberty Tour with Ellis Island & Statue Pedestal

comment Take an early ferry to Liberty Island and arrive often before the crowds!

Ticket Details

Ticket Details

  • Enjoy a guided tour of the Statue of Liberty, including special access to the statue pedestal.
  • Fully guided Ellis Island Museum tour.
  • Expert local tour guide.
  • All ferry tickets between Battery Park, Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island.
  • Priority ferry boarding from Battery Park – Statue of Liberty.
  • Small groups of 20 people or fewer.

Full details

Our guide to Early Access Statue of Liberty Tour with Ellis Island & Statue Pedestal

Your tour starts 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 you to the best seats on the ferry – and since you leave so early 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 in 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, your tour is peaceful and relaxed, removing the stress and frustrations of the average visit. And with an expert guide on hand you’re certain to learn a thing or two, getting more from your experience than you would have on your own. 

Terms and conditions

Terms and conditions for Early Access Statue of Liberty Tour with Ellis Island & Statue Pedestal

  • You will receive a voucher for this experience. Please read it thoroughly.
  • Itinerary subject to change.
  • Gratuities to guides are appreciated but never obligatory. 
  • Comfortable walking shoes are recommended.
  • Please note that the tour meeting time is 15 minutes prior to the start time. No refunds or re-bookings can be provided for late arrivals or no shows after tour commencement or departure.
  • This tour has a maximum capacity of 20 guests.
  • 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 specific prohibited items.
  • 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.
  • Please note, the ferry does not operate during heavy rain or other adverse weather conditions; when this occurs, an alternative option is provided.

FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions for Early Access Statue of Liberty Tour with Ellis Island & Statue Pedestal

I have mobility issues/use a wheelchair, can I take this tour?

Yes! The Statue Pedestal has elevator access so this tour can accomodate wheelchair users or those with limited mobility. The only part you will not be able to visit is a small platform at the very top of the Statue Pedestal.

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