Twisted Statue Tour: Under the Skirt of Lady Liberty

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516 E. 84th St.
ste. 5E
New York, NY 10028
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This unique experience is a wickedly tongue-in-cheek look at the turbulent history of one of New York’s most iconic sites. With special pedestal access you’ll literally get beneath the skirt of Lady Liberty, learning about strange happenings in New York harbor; the ambivalent feelings that her French creator had towards America; the disdain that many Americans originally had for the statue herself; and an untold number of dead seagulls. With Ellis Island tickets included in the price, this is the perfect tour for people who want to learn everything they didn’t teach you in school about Lady Liberty.
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Highlights

  • Get inside tips from a local
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Fully narrated tour

This is New York’s funniest and most insightful tour to the Statue of Liberty, giving you to the stories, rumors, legends that you won’t hear anywhere else. Want to know about the other tragedy on the day of JFK’s assassination (the one that involved a giant octopus)? Or what our guides ‘affectionately’ call Lady Liberty behind her back? Then this is your tour.

You’ll meet at Battery Park, home to a beer garden/immigration station, as well as a graphic plaque given to the city of New York by the Dutch to remind us that they stole Manhattan first.

With a maximum group size of 25 people or fewer and an expert local guide (carefully vetted for his/her sense of fun) you’ll board the ferry to Liberty Island.

During the crossing they will regale you with some of the more outlandish stories of Lower Manhattan. First and foremost is the tale of a ferry sinking that killed 400. In the wreckage authorities found the markings of what looked like huge suction cups on the side of the boat, pointing to an unlikely culprit. Is this the twisted story NY’s port authorities are hiding from you or is it a complete fabrication? The photographic evidence held by your guide is pretty convincing!

When you reach Liberty Island you’ll have special access to climb up to the Statue pedestal, via a stairway (or elevator) inside the structure. Climb under the skirts of Lady Liberty to marvel at her cavernous interior and hear the story of how she was made. Naturally, this won’t be the polite version from the history books. Instead you’ll learn how here creator was a little dramatic and didn’t always love Americans; how many Americans cared even less for his statue and weren’t interested in paying for the pedestal that you’re standing on (which eventually cost more than the statue itself); how her torch started out as little more than a flicker of light; and how many birds lost their lives because of it. You’ll also learn how the statue went from being little known and less cared for, to an icon of the American people, used to advertise everything from immigration and patriotism, to laxatives and cocaine.

After enjoying this eye-opening, hilarious, and eventually inspirational story, you’ll step outside for views from the pedestal that reach over the harbor and encompass much of Lower Manhattan - the perfect selfie spot.

Your guided tour ends here but your day doesn’t have to. With all-inclusive tickets valid for the rest of the day, you can take the ferry on to Ellis Island to explore the lovely museum by yourself and get even more information about the history of this hallowed stretch of harbor. The museum here is so well-curated, with videos, audio and huge photographic exhibits; you won’t need your guide at all.

Inclusions

  • Special access to the Statue Pedestal
  • Round-trip transport to Liberty Island & Ellis Island by ferry
  • Fun expert guide

Exclusions

  • Statue of Liberty Crown
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel Pick-Up/Drop-Off

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • 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.

Terms & Conditions

If you cancel at least 7 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee.
If you cancel within 2 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.

Voucher Info

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

Departure Point
Battery Park
(location provided on voucher)

Departure Time
October 1, 2016 - May 31, 2017: 9:00am
June 1, 2017 - September 30, 2017: 8:30am
October 1, 2017 - October 31, 2017: 9:00am
November 1, 2017 - January 08, 2017: 9:00am

From 01 March 2018: 
01 March 2018 -  31 October 2018 at 1:30PM 

Duration
3 hours

Return Details
Liberty Island

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