An average of 20,000 people a day will visit the Statue of Liberty this season so avoid the long ticket lines, secure your entry inside the national monument and enjoy priority boarding from the Battery Park departure point. Beat the crowds with an early ferry and an experienced guide to lead the way.
You'll experience more of the Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island in less time on this well-organized and expertly guided tour. Because you'll hear your guide speaking live through your own personal headset you won't have to waste time standing around to hear the entertaining stories, and get the tips, secrets and directions your guide will share to make this visit easy, fun and memorable. Bring your own earbuds or disposable ones will be provided to you.
Meet your guide just outside Battery Park and begin a short walk through the park to the ferry dock. Your guide will tell you all about the beautiful statues & memorials located along your route including: The Immigrants Statue, Fritz Koenig's Sphere, which once stood in the center of the plaza at The World Trade Center, The American Merchant Mariner's Memorial and others. Then you board the ferry via the reserve ticket holders line for the short trip to Liberty Island.
When you arrive at Liberty Island you'll go inside the Statue of Liberty to see the statue's original torch, removed during a major renovation it's now on display for you to see up close and take photographs with. Then, during a quick visit to the Statue of Liberty Museum you'll get to know the iconic lady, including the material and techniques used to make her, the history and symbolism behind her design and the people involved in the project. Next, you head up to the pedestal level observation deck for an amazing look at the NYC skyline and New York Harbor from 10 stories high. You'll head back to the ferry for Ellis Island but first, remember to smile for your once-in-a-lifetime photo with Lady Liberty.
Disembark the ferry on Ellis Island & walk in the footsteps of millions of desperate immigrants who arrived at Ellis Island drawn by the promise of freedom and opportunity in The New World. From the ferry dock, to The Baggage Room, through The Great Hall, down The Stairs of Separation and on to the Kissing Post, you'll share in their fear, their sorrow, their anxiety and their joy as you re-live the immigrant experience through the stories of your guide. You'll hear all about their time on Ellis Island, the politics of processing, and the corruption and scandals that went along with it. When your ferry departs for Battery Park you will know how Ellis earned the nickname, Island of Hope, Island of Tears.
This informative and entertaining excursion to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island begins outside Battery Park on the southern edge of Manhattan. On your short walk to the ferry see the monuments and memorials of Battery Park including Fritz Koenig’s “Sphere” which stood at the World Trade Center and miraculously survived the terrorist attacks on September 11th, 2001. Then you board the ferry via the reserve ticket holders line for a pleasant trip to Liberty island
Once you arrive at The Statue of Liberty you'll make a short visit to the Statue of Liberty museum where you'll learn all the entertaining history of Lady Liberty as you hear your guides live narration through your personal headset. Then, climb to the observation deck, 10 stories high, and get amazing views of the New York City skyline and sweeping 360 degree views of New York Harbor all fully narrated by your guide. Then take a short ferry ride to Ellis Island where you’ll walk in the footsteps of millions of desperate immigrants who found a new home in America.
Follow them from the ferry dock, to The Baggage Room, through The Great Hall and down The Stairs of Separation as you re-live the immigrant experience through the stories told by your guide. Get a great overview and understanding of the island before hopping back on the ferry to return to Battery Park in Manhattan.
The tour ends on Ellis Island but you are welcome to stay on the island to can research family members who arrived at Ellis Island, experience more of the Immigration Museum or take in a short film about the island.