Castle Clinton National Monument

Castle Clinton National Monument: Our most recommended tours and activities

NYC: Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island First Tour of the Day

1. NYC: Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island First Tour of the Day

Discover the famous Statue of Liberty on a guided tour and ferry ride. Enjoy early access to Liberty Island, see clear views of the iconic New York skyline, and explore Ellis Island. Begin your day at The Battery (formerly known as Battery Park), the historical gateway to Lady Liberty. Board the earliest ferry of the day (if you choose the earliest tour time) to avoid the crowds of tourists and sail away from Manhattan to greet the Statue of Liberty. Disembark at Liberty Island and join your guide on a walking tour of the island to learn the origins of the iconic Statue of Liberty. As you walk, take in views of the famed New York skyline and the Brooklyn Bridge. Wander through the Statue of Liberty Museum and see Lady Liberty’s original torch. Next, board the short ferry to Ellis Island. Hear a brief introduction about the Island's historical significance and get recommendations on what to do on the island from your guide. Then, explore this special place at your own pace. Wander the site, enjoy the official audio guide, search the passenger records for family names, or pause for a quick bite to eat at the popular cafeteria. Either return to Manhattan with your guide on the ferry or stay to explore the island as long as you wish.

NYC: Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island Tour with Ferry

2. NYC: Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island Tour with Ferry

Embark on an inspiring and educational journey to two iconic New York islands, the Statue of Liberty National Monument and Ellis Island. Visit the world famous Statue of Liberty and see where thousands of immigrants entered the United States on Ellis Island. Your tour begins with a guided orientation at Castle Clinton in Battery Park, where you will learn about the history of the neighborhood and the War of 1812. Then enjoy priority boarding onto the ferry to Liberty Island. As you cross the New York Harbor, admire the beautiful downtown Manhattan skyline behind you and snap photos of Lady Liberty from the water. Once at Liberty Island, freely explore the island and the Statue of Liberty Museum or choose the option that includes a guided tour of the island. Once you're finished at Liberty Island, hop back on the ferry to the infamous Ellis Island, known as the Gateway to America. Learn about how newly arriving immigrants were processed as you explore the Ellis Island Immigration Museum by yourself or with a guide. Both the 2-hour and 4-hour tour options include a guided experience of Liberty Island packed with historical facts about the statue. On the 4-hour tour, enjoy an additional guided orientation of Ellis Island.

New York City: Statue of Liberty Tour

3. New York City: Statue of Liberty Tour

Discover the Statue of Liberty without needing to get up early to catch the first boat over to Liberty Island. Enjoy a leisurely boat ride with your small group and expert guide, taking in a full tour of Liberty Island. Meet your expert guide in Battery Park and marvel at iconic buildings like Castle Clinton (America’s first immigration station) and the Pier A Harbor House before hopping aboard a ferry to the Statue of Liberty. Before entering the statue, your guide will provide you with the most important facts about Lady Liberty and you will then have time to explore it at your own pace. Dive into the story behind the statue's construction and why it almost wasn’t built at all. Inside the statue museum discover artifacts from its construction, telling the story of one man’s monumental dream that brought an entire city together. In just three hours, you’ll have seen the Statue of Liberty and learned its story from an expert guide. No early wake-up calls, no waiting in line, just easy, intimate access to America’s most iconic monument.

Lower Manhattan Tour: Wall Street & 9/11 Memorial

4. Lower Manhattan Tour: Wall Street & 9/11 Memorial

Meet your guide in the Financial District to learn about the early history of New York City, the early Dutch settlement and the transformation into today’s financial capital. It was like the Wild West, a trading outpost on the outskirts of the law where guns and ammunition were traded in exchange for beaver pelts from the Native Americans. You will see financial and historical landmarks such as Wall Street, the New York Stock Exchange, House of Morgan, the Charging Bull, as well as go inside Federal Hall and Trinity Church. At the New York Stock Exchange building, you'll learn how a group of 24 traders wanted to formalize their trading and created the Buttonwood Agreement, which gave birth to the stock exchange. You'll stand at the site of the first terrorist attack on New York City, which remains unsolved to this day.  Walk along Wall Street to 40 Wall Street where your guide will share the story of the Skyscraper Race within the concrete jungle, when two buildings simultaneously being constructed to out-do one another in height takes an surprising turn. Your guide will bring you inside Trinity Church, whose graveyard contains the remains of many great Americans: signers of the Declaration of Independence, and founding Father, Alexander Hamilton and inventor Robert Fulton.  Hear about the political rivalry between Alexander Hamilton and Vice President of the United States Aaron Burr that came to a bloody end. Next, you will have the chance to reflect at the 9/11 Memorial.  Against the peaceful background sounds of the trickling water coming from Reflecting Absence waterfalls, which are built on the actual footprint of the former World Trade Center buildings, your tour guide will give an overview of the events of that day, as well as more emotional and heroic stories of the people who were involved in the attacks and immediate rescue efforts. You'll also learn about the symbolism and design of the memorial itself as well as the new WTC buildings, such as One World Trade. For the last stretch of the tour, walk south down Broadway where you'll see the famous Charging Bull statue, Bowling Green Park, and the Canyon of Heroes. Your tour concludes in Battery Park where your guide will give an overview of our country's immigration history as you stare out the harbor towards the Statue of Liberty. Itinerary includes: New York Stock Exchange Wall StreetFederal HallHouse of MorganTrump BuildingTrinity Church National 9/11 MemorialCanyon of Heroes/Ticker Tape Parade Route Charging Bull Alexander Hamilton Custom House Battery Park and Castle Clinton

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What people are saying about Castle Clinton National Monument

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 3,042 reviews

Was challenging to find the group. The App that we had to use was horrible. Once we got on our way Joe the guide was awesome. Directed us in best place to take pictures on the ferry, where to find all the amenities at each stop!!

The tour was well organised, easy to book and helpful instructions about meeting points etc. we were warmly welcomed by the check in lady before the tour started.

Great tour, very well organized, lots of information and tips from our guide

Easy to book, good directions for meeting up with our guide.

Tour Guide was very helpful and had tons of knowledge.