Guided tour

Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island Small Group Tour

4.9 / 5

92 reviews

Activity provider: TopDogTours

Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island Small Group Tour

Activity provider: TopDogTours

From US$ 61 per person

Take informative guided tours of 2 of New York's most iconic locations, the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. Purchase your own ferry ticket so you can get pedestal access to the statue.

About this activity

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Duration 4 hours
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Live tour guide
Small group
Limited to 10 participants


  • Explore 2 of New York's most famous landmarks with an expert guide
  • Learn the history of the Statue of Liberty and see the original torch
  • Follow in the footsteps of the 12 million immigrants who passed through Ellis Island
  • View the magnificent skyline of Manhattan with exclusive access to the Statue's Pedestal
Full description
Join an expert guide to get the most out of your trip to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. Buy your own ferry ticket beforehand, then meet your guide on the morning of your tour to board the ferry. Upon arrival on Liberty Island, enjoy a fully guided tour of the island and learn about the history of the Statue of Liberty. Take in the sights of the New York skyline from the observation deck. Then, cross by ferry to Ellis Island to explore the fascinating history of America's peak immigration years. Listen to personal stories, see family photos from the period, and even trace your own family history. Break for lunch at your own expense and then continue your visit on your own. Stay as long as you want before returning to Manhattan.
  • Entrance fees to the Pedestal Museum at Liberty Island and the museum at Ellis Island
  • Expert guide
  • Round-trip ferry ticket (must buy your own before the tour)
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Gratuities (recommended)
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • 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

The tour guide will meet you at the steps of 1 Bowling Green (Alexander Hamilton Customs House/Museum of American Indian).

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes

Not allowed

  • Pets
  • Weapons or sharp objects
  • Oversize luggage
  • Luggage or large bags

Know before you go

  • This tour is not wheelchair accessible
  •  The guided portion of the tour is 3.5 to 4 hours subject to the ferry schedule but to fully experience Ellis Island it is recommended to spend an additional hour on the island before returning to Manhattan
  •  It is recommended to wear comfortable shoes because a moderate amount of walking is involved
  • If the tour is canceled due to poor weather you will be given the option of an alternative date or full refund
  •  The tour departs promptly and if you are late you will not be able to join the tour or be entitled to a refund
  • Backpacks, strollers, and other large items are not permitted in the pedestal of the statue and there are lockers available for a deposit of 25 cent
  •  Photography is permitted but monopods or tripods are not
  •  You are not permitted to bring food or drink (except bottled water) or weapons of any kind at the statue
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.9 /5

based on 92 reviews

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Our guide, Luke, was amazing! So knowledgeable, personable and engaging. Luke had a wealth of information that he shared with us. Additionally, he was able to answer questions we had regarding what we were seeing and kept us entertained. We couldn't have asked for a better person to guide our tour.

April 5, 2022

Brooke was our tour guide and was very well informed and had lots of pics to enhance the information she shared. She kept the group together and gave clear instructions on where to go, how to get there, and what to see. Unfortunately it was a cold day (-9) so by the end there was nothing poor Brooke could say that could hold our attention as we just wanted to get inside and out of the cold.

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December 29, 2019

Fabulous tour and guide

This small group tour was excellent and memorable, largely due to our fantastic guide Joel who was so enthusiastic and made the history of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island come alive. The tour could not have been any better and was definitely well worth much better than an audio guide or a large group tour!

October 20, 2018

Product ID: 72307