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Skip-Line Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island: Tour + Pedestal Ticket Upgrade provided by EXP1 - ExperienceFirst

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Skip-Line Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island: Tour + Pedestal Ticket Upgrade

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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.
You'll start at
Castle Clinton National Monument
Battery Park, New York, NY 10004, USAPlease meet our tour concierge inside Castle Clinton in front of the Park Store. They will be there 15 minutes before the tour starts and will be holding and orange flag or paddle.
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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 StatesTour 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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  • 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, Battery Park, New York, NY 10004, USA
3–5 hours
Return Details
Ellis Island, United States
  • Priority line access to board the ferry to save time at departure
  • 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
  • Gratuities
  • Lockers for large items on Liberty Island (available for $0.25)
  • Crown Access at the Statue of Liberty
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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 it is recommended to allow 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 $2.00 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, 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 tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travellers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Calmjohn wrote a review Mar 2020
Leavenworth, Kansas2,511 contributions423 helpful votes
We took a weekend to fly into New York as I had never been on Ellis Isalnd before. Took the ferry over and it was enjoyable as I always love ferries. We had a great tour guide who was entertaining as well as informative. It was well worth the time and now I can say that I have
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Date of experience: February 2020
Jen_A wrote a review Mar 2020
Houston, Texas9 contributions7 helpful votes
Had a great experience with our tour guide Jimmy. We got lots of in-depth info about statue of liberty as well as Ellis Island. My teens enjoyed all of Jimmy's accents when portraying immigrants that could have come through Ellis Island. Would definitely recommend this tour
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Date of experience: March 2020
Emoi21 wrote a review Mar 2020
1 contribution
We had great experience! Our tour guide Benoit was knowledgeable, fun and enthusiastic. Our 9 and 11 year old boys enjoyed the tour very much!
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Date of experience: March 2020
LeenaRanas80 wrote a review Mar 2020
Los Angeles, California9 contributions4 helpful votes
Although we did not expect 100's of other people to be at the tour initial meeting place, we still ended up with less than 20 people in our own private tour. I would recommend doing the earliest of the tour option start times, and even though it ends at 1pm, give yourself
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Date of experience: September 2019
Gina S wrote a review Mar 2020
2 contributions
Owen was so informative and fun. The best. Our first visit to NYC, and it was such a good choice to do this tour.
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Date of experience: March 2020
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