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

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

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 American history come to life with the only tour operator that runs ferries this early. 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 city'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.

Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island Small Group Tour

2. Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island Small Group Tour

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.

Secrets of the Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island Walking Tour

3. Secrets of the Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island Walking Tour

On this tour you’ll visit two of the most iconic places in New York - the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. Together a national monument, the importance of these historic places stretches beyond the five boroughs and throughout the whole country. Over the next few hours you’ll explore how and why the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island were built, and how they have come to be so significant in the story of America. First, you’ll talk about the history of New York Harbor and its many islands, from its earliest European settlers to today. Then, take the ferry to Liberty Island to see the most famous woman in New York, Lady Liberty, and discover how she came to be, both physically and as a fixture in the American narrative. After taking in some incredible views of the Manhattan skyline, hop back on the ferry to your final stop - Ellis Island. Here, explore the role of immigration in New York City and American history, and imagine what it would have been like to arrive at Ellis Island after leaving everything behind to start a new life in America.  When reserving your ticket, you will also receive a roundtrip ferry ticket with a visit to both Ellis island and Liberty Island.

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What people are saying about Statue of Liberty Pedestal

Our tour guide Sherie was very knowledgeable, and the background she presented about everything we saw was so helpful throughout the rest of my trip to NYC, as she related several things about the city back to Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty. I highly recommend doing a guided tour rather than a self-guided one because of all the background information provided.

I would highly recommend this tour to anyone traveling to New York City! Not only was it a lot of fun, but very informative as well!

Luke was amazing. Super fun and informative! It was so nice to have a great guide, learn history, and not have to worry.

It was a very cold and windy day but our guide was awesome!! Such a great experience.

The Statue is incredible! Having a knowledgeable guide made all the difference.