On the same day, or a second chosen date, tour the Lower East Side. The Lower East Side is the ultimate immigrant neighborhood. A popular place for newly arrived immigrants to New York going back to the 1840's, the Lower East Side has seen large immigrant populations from Germany, Italy, Eastern Europe, the Caribbean and Asia. Join us for a walk through history as you learn why immigrants gathered in this area and why they left. Sample food from famous eateries in the area and see landmarks that tell the story of this unique neighborhood.
Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island Portion:
Meet your guide and group at 9:30am in Battery Park on Manhattan’s southern tip of Manhattan. Then head to the ferry terminal and bypass the crowds for priority boarding on to the Liberty Island ferry.
After a relaxing ride, disembark on Liberty Island for a guided tour of the Statue of Liberty Museum. See one of the statue’s original torches, marvel at rare Statue of Liberty memorabilia, and admire the poem "The New Colossus,” which adorns a plaque that was at the base of the statue from 1903 until the 1980s. You’ll also have an opportunity to capture stunning images of the New York skyline from the statue’s observation deck.
Next board the ferry for Ellis Island, where you discover the fascinating history of America's peak immigration years. Visit the Great Hall and learn about the process of going through Ellis Island as an immigrant newly arriving to America. Hear personal stories, view family photos, and learn how you too can trace your own family here.
Your tour concludes around lunchtime, leaving you free to explore the island further at your own pace. Grab lunch (own expense), take in the surrounding views, and savor a few more hours exploring this heart of American history.
Lower East Side Portion on the Same Day or a Second Chosen Date:
We begin our tour at 3:00pm in front of the Eldridge Street Synagogue , a beautifully restored landmark built but Eastern European Jewish immigrants in 1887. Hear about how the Lower East Side became a popular destination for immigrant newly arrived to New York City. View the Manhattan Bridge and learn how transportation changed the neighborhood. Visit Jarmulsky's Bank, the site of several infamous bank runs and the Jewish Forward Building, the publication house for the most popular newspaper in the area in the late 19th and early 20th Century. Lean about entertainment and education for the newly arrived immigrants and how their customs have changed how we do things in America.
We then stop by Kossar's Bialys and The Pickle Guys where you will be given a short break to try some food. As you enjoy your snacks, learn how immigrant food traditions have integrated into American food culture. We then walk to Orchard Street where we discuss the history of tenement buildings and how they changed the housing in New York.
After stops at the Essex Market, Economy Candy, the University Settlement House, and Angel Orensanz, (where we talk about the newly arrived immigrant groups and how the area has changed) we visit 3 famous eateries; Russ & Daughters, Katz's Deli, and Yonah Schimmel Knish Bakery. After the tour concludes, you are within a stones throw of numerous restaurants to catch an early dinner.
- Priority, skip-the-line ferry access
- Expertise of a knowledgeable guide
- Entrance fees to the Pedestal Museum at Liberty Island and the Museum at Ellis Island
- Round-trip ferry ticket
- Small-group tour
- The chance to try local cuisine (at own expense)
- Food and drinks
- Entrance to the Eldridge Street Synagogue Museum
- Hotel pickup and drop-off
- Transportation to/from attractions
- Audio Guide ( that translates the tour)
- Gratuities (recommended)
- Lockers for large items on Liberty Island (available for $2)
- Crown access
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- If the guest wishes to take the Lower East Side tour on a day other than the day following their Statue/Ellis Tour please contact our office to reschedule
- The guided portion of the Statue/Ellis 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 rental for $2 USD (cash only)
- 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 at the Statue of Liberty 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
- Minimum numbers apply. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there are not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund
Terms & Conditions
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
Local operator information
Complete Operator information, including local telephone numbers at your destination, are included on your Confirmation Voucher. Our Product Managers select only the most experienced and reliable operators in each destination, removing the guesswork for you, and ensuring your peace of mind.
Schedule & Info
Statue of Liberty/Ellis Island Tour: Castle Clinton (large round building inside Battery Park)
Your guide will be in front of the bookstore to check you in. There is no need to wait in the ticket line, your guide will have your tickets for you.If you arrive early and the weather is less than ideal, please do not wait inside the bookstore. There is a Castle Clinton exhibit near the north entrance of the building, and you are free to wait in there for your guide.
Lower East Side Tour: Eldridge Street Synagogue
Statue of Liberty/Ellis Island Tour: 9:30am on Day One
Lower East Side Tour: 3:00pm on Day Two