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Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island Skip the Line Small-Group Tour

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$57

Visit two of New York's most historic attractions on this 4-hour tour of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. Enjoy priority boarding on the ferry to Liberty Island and — together with your small group and guide — enter the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty. Explore Liberty Island and head to the observation decking the Statue for a spectacular view of NYC. Then, visit Ellis Island, where you’ll learn about the vast immigration that took place here between 1892 and 1954.
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- The guided portion of the tour is 3.5-4 hours (subject to ferry schedule). However, to fully experience Ellis Island, it is recommended that you spend an additional hour on the island afterward
- Food and drink is available for purchase on the Statue Ferry, Liberty Island, and Ellis Island
- Involves a moderate amount of walking
- Statue of Liberty pedestal is not wheelchair accessible
- Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
- If canceled because of dangerous weather, you will be given the option of an alternative tour date or full refund
- Backpacks (including drawstring bags), strollers, and other large items are not allowed in the pedestal of the statue. Lockers are available for a 25 cent deposit that is returned.
- Photography is allowed on the tour; monopods and tripods are not
- No food or drink (other than bottled water) is allowed in the pedestal. Canteens of any material are prohibited
- No weapons of any kind (e.g. pocket knives, pepper spray, Swiss Army knives, etc.) are allowed at the Statue of Liberty. Please leave these items at home
- There are two security checkpoints on this tour. One at Battery Park before boarding the ferry and the other at Liberty Island before entering the pedestal
- Please arrive 15 minutes prior to the tour's designated start time. The tour departs promptly and no refunds will be given for guests who miss the tour due to being late
- The Statue of Liberty Museum will be closed through May of 2019. An altered route will be taken on Liberty Island. The same information will be given.
- Not wheelchair accessible
- Stroller accessible
- Service animals allowed
- Near public transportation
- Once the tour begins, if you make the decision to not follow the guide or their instructions, we cannot guarantee we can reunite you with the group.
- This tour is not wheelchair accessible
- Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult at least 21 years of age.
- Most travelers can participate
- DUE TO THE NATURE OF THE TOUR IF YOU ARE LATE WE WILL MOST LIKELY NOT BE ABLE TO CATCH YOU UP WITH THE GROUP.
- This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
- This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
- This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers

Description:

Visit: Statue of Liberty, Liberty Island, New York City, NY 10004

International symbol of hope and freedom

Duration: 2 hours

Visit: Ellis Island Immigration Museum, Battery Park, New York City, NY 10017

Explore Ellis Island's role in immigration history.

Duration: 1 hour

Visit: Ellis Island, New York Harbor, New York City, NY 10017

Main immigration processing center for the US from 1892-1924

Duration: 1 hour

Visit: Battery Park, State Street and Battery Place, New York City, NY 10004

Historic Battery Park

Duration: 10 minutes

Visit: Castle Clinton National Monument, 26 Wall St Battery Park, New York City, NY 10005-1996

Former fort with a colorful history

Duration: 10 minutes

Departure:

Departure point:

Statue of Liberty, Liberty Island, New York City, NY 10004

Departure time:

10:30 AM

Duration:

4 hours

Inclusions:

Exclusions:

Terms and Conditions:

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.


Reviews:

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Sadra B

My daughter and I ended up being the only 2 participants in our small group tour. What could have been awkward,
was a wonderful day! James was an awesome tour guide. Friendly and knowledgeable and easy to talk to! Well done!

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llbader

Hannah was knowledgeable and a great guide. The ferry was fast but you got to see a great view of the city skyline. Ellis Island was my favorite part.

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Great experience tour guide was fun and very informative didn’t make this experience a snooze fest he actually showed passion to what he was doing

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This tour is the. Early skip the line tour so rug up but enjoy relative freedom to look, see, read and photograph without too much people pressure. Our tour guide RJ was fabulous in explaining the history and story behind the Statue of Liberty. RJ met our group at Castle Clinton prior to heading over to see the Statue of Liberty - he explained the past of Castle Clinton- originally built as a fort to ward off the British. Also pointed out a number of features and landmarks in the area. Once we arrived at The Statue of Liberty we had entry to The Pedestal - museum and stairs to the lookout point at the top of the pedestal. This amounted to climbing some 200 odd steps although there is also a lift. Do not do the steps unless you are reasonably fit and even so take your time. We had 75 minutes free time to explore the area on our own and take photos etc. This also allowed us the opportunity to visit the recently opened new museum. We then went on to Ellis Island - which was the entry point for some 12M immigrants. I find the immigration story both sad and one of joy and hope and even though the new arrivals were treated relatively well it just seems such a bleak place that I struggle to stay there for very long.

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Ana K

Excellent tour made even better by our guide Joel who was very knowledgeable and entertaining. Would highly recommend.

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Sandra S

We thoroughly enjoyed our tour of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island! We highly recommend this tour. Our guide, Joel, was a great story teller. We learned so much about the history of immigration and the gift of the statue. In addition to the guided tour, we had an opportunity to explore on our own. We will definitely be doing another tour.

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Mary H

We had a great trip to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. She was informative, organized, pleasant, instructive, and helpful. Thanks for adding fun to our sister's week in NYC.

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Charles C

Our tour guide, Hannah, was animated, intelligent, knowledgeable and seemingly very passionate about the history of the statue and Ellis Island. The time passed very quickly and I would endorse your company very highly. I was with my four adult children and they were equally enthusiastic.

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Claudia P

We took a tour with Sean who was very friendly, knowledgeable, and pleasant. We took our group aside to explain history and background details, complete with a ipad showing us pictures to support his information. We definitely got more out of this tour than just going on our own.

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Jorge M

Strenghts and remarks

- Friendly, careful, didactic and imformed guide - very good job by Liz;
- Adjusted visit time, except for the period in Liberty Island (more 20-30 minutes to vist the new museum);
- Ajusted visite route

Weaknesses

- boarding and disembarking times and time spent in the hot sun while waiting for boarding in Liberty Island - think about pushing for a full (temporary?) cover over the entire platform, closer to the boat.


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Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island Skip the Line Small-Group Tour
Overview:

Visit two of New York's most historic attractions on this 4-hour tour of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. Enjoy priority boarding on the ferry to Liberty Island and — together with your small group and guide — enter the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty. Explore Liberty Island and head to the observation decking the Statue for a spectacular view of NYC. Then, visit Ellis Island, where you’ll learn about the vast immigration that took place here between 1892 and 1954.

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$57

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