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New York: Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island Early Access Tour

New York: Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island Early Access Tour

From US$ 59 per person

Make the most of your time in New York and enjoy this early-access guided tour of Liberty Island and the Statue of Liberty. Join the only tour allowed on the first ferry of the day to Liberty Island.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
Special health and safety measures apply. Learn more
Mobile ticketing
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Duration 4 hours
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Live tour guide
Audio guide included

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  • Exclusive first ferry access to Statue of Liberty
  • See the famed NYC skyline with beautiful views of New York Harbor and Statue of Liberty
  • Learn about the fascinating stories and history of Lady Liberty and her origins from a licensed New York City tour guide
  • Enter the fascinating Statue of Liberty Museum and see incredible artifacts including the original torch and building plans
  • Free time to explore the island at your leisure
  • - Catch the first ferry to the Statue of Liberty for a tour before the crowds arrive (only with earliest booking time)
Full description

Be the first of the day to discover two of New York’s most iconic monuments with exclusive first ferry tour departure to Liberty Island, including a visit to the Statue of Liberty Museum and Ellis Island. Watch as your licensed guide brings American history to life. Arrive at the grounds just under the watchful eye of Lady Liberty, where great views across NYC's skyline, Lower Manhattan, and the Big Apple await. Then, board the day's earliest ferry to Ellis Island (early morning tour only), ensuring you avoid the swelling afternoon crowds.

Follow in the footsteps of some 12 million immigrants and learn about the process those hopeful individuals went through to settle in America. View and walk the Stairs of Separation, growing to understand the Island's two very unique names - "The Island of Hope" and "The Island of Tears". After your guide has explained to you the history, they will give you the option to continue your exploration of Ellis Island on your own with the audio guide (included) or return to The Battery on the ferry with them. If you wish, feel free to stay on Ellis Island a bit longer to explore your personal heritage and find all the unique and interesting sights in the special location.

  • Local English-speaking guide
  • First Ferry Tickets to Liberty Island (only for 8:30 AM and 9:00 AM departure)
  • Guided walking tour
  • Pre-reserved ticket to Statue of Liberty Island (exterior access)
  • Pre-reserved ticket to Ellis Island (includes Ellis Island museum)
  • Official audio guide on Ellis Island
  • Statue of Liberty Crown
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pick-up and drop off
  • Food and drinks
  • Guided tour inside the Pedestal and museums, an introduction will be given outside
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • All participants 5 and older must present proof that they have received two vaccine doses of an FDA or WHO-approved vaccine or one dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Proof of vaccination may include the NYC COVID Safe App, Excelsior Pass, CDC Vaccination Card (or photo), NYC Vaccination Record, or official immunization record from outside NYC or the US
  • In addition to proof of vaccination, all participants who are over 18 years old must present a government-issued photo ID (e.g. driver’s license, passport, etc)

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Meeting point

Meet your guide at the front entrance of Pier A Harbor House, 22 Battery Place (to the right of the Statue of Liberty ferry and Castle Clinton) Directions by taxi: Tell your driver to drop you off at Pier A Harbor House, Battery Park, near the Statue of Liberty ferry Directions by subway: Take Line 4 or 5 to Bowling Green, or Lines 1 or R to Rector Street. Walk towards the water. Pier A Harbor House is to the right of the Statue of Liberty ferry and Castle Clinton

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Important information

Know before you go

  •  Please note that guests will need to pass through airport-style security to enter the Statue of Liberty. Certain items are not permitted in the Statue of Liberty, these will be confiscated and not returned. Please refer to the Statue of Liberty’s guidelines on specific prohibited items
  •  Please be aware that upon arrival at Liberty Island, if you are carrying a backpack or large bag, you will be required to put your bag(s) into a locker at a cost of 25 cents, payable only with a quarter
  • Please note, early access to Statue of Liberty and arrival before the crowds is only applicable if 8:30 AM/9:00 AM departure is selected
  •  Please note, only water in a clear container/bottle is allowed through security and on Liberty Island
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.8 /5

based on 585 reviews

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Despite a half hour delay in getting started due to some ticketing glitch, the tour was excellent, primarily due to the skills and delivery by our guide Alvaro. He knew all the details and his delivery was superb - just right amount of humor, detail, even suspense to keep our attention. The tour ended at Ellis Island and gave us as much time as we wanted to explore, but the tour description should note that for a full experience at Ellis Island, one should allot at least 2-3 hours

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February 5, 2020

Don’t tour the Statue without a guide. For most people it’s a once in a lifetime visit, and if you go without a guide you’ll miss some good things. Our Guide Jacob was fun. He was knowledgeable and presented the information in an interesting way. He knew the short cuts to take, things not to miss (like the Kissing Post on Ellis Island) and never made me feel like this was just a job to him. He more than deserved his tip!

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November 24, 2019


Jacob our tour guide, and local Nycer was absolutely fantastic. His knowledge of the tour was second to non and his knowledge of the city meant his tour continued throughout our stay because of his recommendations. He was incredibly approachable, friendly and got a real camaraderie going between the group. I would highly recommend This tour and hope to get Jacob as your guide because he is a great guy and host.

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October 8, 2019

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