New York City

Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island Tour: All Options

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From USD 44.00

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Free cancellation
Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 3 to 5 hours
  • Offered in: English


One of the most iconic symbols of America, the Statue of Liberty rises up from New York Harbor, welcoming the immigrants who once entered the United States through nearby Ellis Island. Pay a visit to Lady Liberty and learn the stories of those who passed through Ellis Island with this convenient and flexible tour that lets you choose how long you want to spend at each attraction.
  • The comprehensive option gives you a guided tour that covers both Liberty and Ellis Island
  • Quicker options offer a guide for Liberty only or an audioguide for both islands
  • Avoid ticketing hassles: round-tip ferry tickets and museum admission are included
  • Begin your tour at historic Castle Clinton in Battery Park

What's Included

  • Round trip ferry ticket for Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island
  • Access to the new Liberty Island Museum
  • Access to the Immigration Museum at Ellis Island
  • Expert English speaking guide
  • Gratuities
  • Lockers for large items on Liberty Island (available for $0.25)
  • Crown and Pedestal (base) access at the Statue of Liberty, entry not included

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • Castle Clinton National Monument
    New York, NY 10004, USA

    Meet your guide on the steps outside of Castle Clinton's North Entrance. Castle Clinton is inside Battery Park on the southern tip of Manhattan. Your guide will have your entry tickets. Just show up and tell the guide your name. They will be wearing an orange hat and/or a blue jacket/shirt.

End point

  • Ellis Island
    Ellis Island, United States

    Tour 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.

What To Expect

Battery Park

30 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Statue of Liberty

1 hour Admission Ticket Included

Ellis Island

1 hour Admission Ticket Included

Ellis Island Immigration Museum

1 hour Admission Ticket Included

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.
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Please note the earliest time tour will have the least wait. Later tours will encounter longer wait times.
  • Stroller accessible
  • The guided portion of the tour is approximately either 0.5, 2 or 4 hours.
  • Food available for purchase on the ferry, at the Statue of Liberty, and on Ellis Island
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • 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.
  • Photographs are permitted, but tripods and monopods are prohibited.
  • Children 3 and under free with paid adult ticket.
  • Most travellers can participate
  • Guides are wearing orange hats AND/OR blue shirts or jackets.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 25 travellers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

Frequently Asked Questions

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.

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Q:Where is the meeting point for the OPEN: Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island Tour: All Options?

A:The meeting point for this tour is Castle Clinton National Monument, Battery Park, New York.

Dec. 2021

Q:How much walking will we be doing on the OPEN: Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island Tour: All Options?

A:We’ll be on our feet for most of the tour. At both Liberty and Ellis islands, your guide will lead you on a walking tour. The ferry also has multiple levels with stairs and there are about 160 steps to reach the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty.

Dec. 2021

Q:What can I bring with me on the OPEN: Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island Tour: All Options?

A:Food, backpacks, strollers, and large items must be checked into lockers before entering the Statue of Liberty. The locker fee isn’t included in the tour price. Also, plan for security screenings before entering the ferry and/or pedestal.

Dec. 2021

Q:Will the visit to the Statue of Liberty pedestal and the museums on Ellis Island be guided?

A:The National Park Service doesn't allow any guides inside the Statue of Liberty pedestal, Statue of Liberty Museum, or Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration. You will have time to explore these on your own after an introduction from your guide.

Feb. 2021

Q:What if it rains during my OPEN: Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island Tour: All Options?

A:Our tours run rain or shine, so please check the local forecast to plan. In rare cases when we have to cancel for extreme weather, we’ll offer you the chance to reschedule or give a full refund.

Dec. 2021

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Traveller Tips

The Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island are obviously very popular so recommend that you get on the early morning tours to avoid the crowds!
Be prepared to follow instructions and stay with your group for a more pleasurable experience for everyone.


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The company is a scam
JohnB_K, Sept 2023
I ask for a refund and I was told that they would not give me refund because it was after the fact I had told them that I had a family emergency that I was not able to use there tickets
Interesting and beautiful trip
Ali_A, Sept 2023
Very beautiful place to be visiting and very informative guider . Will love to visit it again When I come back to New York
Learned a lot
Chris_R, Sept 2023
Our guide, Chris Tipp did a wonderful job. I’m a former history teacher and I learned a lot from him on this tour. Highly recommended.
As a naturalized American the visit was breathtaking
vicente_z, Sept 2023
Certainly the close range experience was made more enjoyable by Ken. He was punctual, organized, personable and knowledgeable. He kept the large group cohesive and without worries.
A Moving Story
philrob50, Sept 2023
The talk where the guide told us about his grandfather coming into the US as an immigrant. The story was very moving.
Best Tour Guide
Diane_S, Sept 2023
I’ve been on several tours and Matt was the best guide I’ve had. Very up Bear and knowledgeable. He was attentive and watchful of individuals needs.
The tour was excellent. He was very knowledgeable. His jokes were with the program.
Donald_H, Sept 2023
His discussion of the islands. How the statue of Liberty was designed and placed to gather on Liberty Island. His knowledge of the history was excellent. His discussion of Ellis Island was great. We learned a great deal about what our Grandparents went through when the came to the island. Would highly recommend James.
2023 New York
Connie_L, Sept 2023
The entire tour was memorable. Jason our tour guide was incredible. He was very knowledgeable and considerate of all on the tour.
The guide was very kind
safi_j, Sept 2023
Everything was very good and nice in these trip , the guide have a very good experience and so kind ,
Very Knowledgeable and Fun Guide!
Timothy_D, Sept 2023
We appreciated Jett's depth of knowledge when it came to information about both venues. It is obvious he has researched the venues so that he could share information with guests. He was also very willing to answer questions. We appreciated that he kept guests on task so that we did not miss any observations.
Definitely worth it!
Lewis_F, Sept 2023
Amazing Tour! Very comprehensive and informative. Our tour guide James was brilliant! Very friendly, approachable and knowledgeable. Thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience
Mary_W, Sept 2023
Way over priced for what you got ! We were standing the whole time - just listening to silliness and personal Opinions . Very boring
Jennifer_V, Sept 2023
James was a fantastic guide, highly recommended. He had an in depth knowledge of the history of the building of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. He kept us moving and on time.
Tour with James
Juliana_B, Sept 2023
The history and detailed background information provided by the guide was so well done. Fabulous info! Our guide, James, showed a lot of passion for what he does. Also, he was funny, witty. An incredibly enjoyable experience!
Less than expected!
Nichole_L, Sept 2023
We spent about 30 minutes listening to our tour guides jokes and outdated commentary. Then when it was time to go on the ferry he pointed us in the right direction but did not walk us over like all the other tour guides were doing. Then after spending time at the statue we noticed that all the other tour guides were still with their customers. We were the only group that had to go it alone. We are demanding a refund.
Response from Host, Sept 2023
Thank you for your feedback. We are sorry to hear that your experience with our guide was not as you expected. We have a few different tour options, a 2 hours guided tour, a 4 hour guided tour, or a 30 minute pre-ferry tour. The tour option you have booked is our 30 minute pre-ferry tour, where our tour guide gives you an introduction and background to what you will be seeing on both Liberty and Ellis Islands. After the 30 minutes, you will board the ferry and take a self guided visit to the islands, where you can stay and explore as long as you would like. If you wish to discuss the matter further, we encourage you to write to us at: Best wishes, The ExperienceFirst team
Jett does a great job.
Kathleen_W, Sept 2023
We absolutely loved our tour of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. We learned things about both monuments that we didn’t know before. Jett is enthusiastic, knowledgeable, articulate, and a fun guy to have as a tour leader. We really enjoyed the day, and got so much out of his presentation. He is to be commended.
Good day but the tour guide part was a bit of a waste of our time.
Jade_C, Sept 2023
Definitely worth getting the ferry to both Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island but the tour part of it is a waste of time.
Response from Host, Sept 2023
Thank you for your feedback. We are sorry to hear that your experience with our guide was not as you expected. At ExperienceFirst, we are committed to delivering an excellent level of service when it comes to our tours. We would love to know more details about your tour to determine how to improve the quality of our tours, and provide the best possible guest experience in the future. If you are able to reach out to discuss the matter further, we would love to hear from you at: Best wishes, The ExperienceFirst team
Brilliant tour
clairebarker1982, Sept 2023
Timothy was brilliant really knowledgeable and informative. Really recognised everyone's needs. Learnt so much.
A knowledgeable and enthusiastic tour guide
Efren_I, Sept 2023
Our tour guide, James, was very knowledgeable about the history of the Statute of Liberty and Ellis Island. He was enthusiastic about his job and interacted well with us.
Excellent guide!
richard_m, Sept 2023
Sean the guide was excellent!! Prompt and very knowledgeable! We had a blast. He also gave great stories and history lessons.

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