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Early Access: First on the Island Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island

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Early Access: First on the Island Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island

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icon4 hours  (Approx.)
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English

Overview

Sail across the waters of New York’s harbor as part of the only tour group allowed on the first ferry of the day to Liberty Island. Learn the history of Lady Liberty and explore the Statue of Liberty Museum on this well-timed tour. Then, head to Ellis Island to discover the stories of the millions of immigrants who journeyed through this historic site.
  • Be the first tour group of the day on Liberty Island (early morning tour only)
  • Discover artifacts at the Statue of Liberty Museum.
  • Visit Ellis Island with personal time to explore.
  • Listen to the award-winning audio guide at the Ellis Island Immigration Museum.
  • Two of New York’s top attractions in one trip.
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First Exclusive Access (8:30am departure only summer/9am departure only winter)
Local English-speaking guide
Expertly 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
Gratuities
Hotel Pick up and Drop off
Statue of Liberty Crown and Pedestal

Departure Point

22 Battery Pl, New York, NY 10004, USA

22 Battery Place (Pier A Harbor House). Meet at the front entrance of Pier A Harbor House. Pier A Harbor House is to the right of the Statue of Liberty ferry and Castle Clinton and your guide will be holding a blue-green Walks sign.

Return Details

Ellis Island, United States

Ellis Island (Guest can choose to stay on Ellis Island and return on their own or take the ferry back to Battery Park with Guide.)

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Please note, the first early access to Statue of Liberty and arrival before the crowds is only applicable if 8:30 AM / 9:00 AM Departure is selected.
  • Tour runs in English only
  • Please note: This tour does not include a visit to the Statue of Liberty Crown and Pedestal
  • All guests will need to pass through airport-style security to enter the Statue of Liberty if the Pedestal Option is chosen. Certain items are not permitted and such items will be confiscated and not be returned. Please refer to the Statue of Liberty’s guidelines on specific prohibited items at nps.gov/stli/planyourvisit/yoursafety
  • 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 which cost only 0.25 cents, clients must have a quarter and cannot use a dime and a nickle for example.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 25 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Take Walks New York by Walks
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.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Early Access: First on the Island Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island?
A:The policy on face masks and attendee health is:

  • Face masks provided for travelers
See all safety measures taken by Early Access: First on the Island Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Early Access: First on the Island Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island?
A:The policy on sanitization is:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
See all safety measures taken by Early Access: First on the Island Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Early Access: First on the Island Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Early Access: First on the Island Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island.

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  • "Early Access - You will avoid hours of standing in queues2." See review
  • "Do respect the fact, it's up to the guide to make it good." See review

Reviews

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star-5
Seeing the statue up...
Barbara_C
, Jan 2022
Seeing the statue up close was amazing. Also, searching for relatives on Ellis Island. The tour leader was exceptional.
star-5
An absolute must visit
mitra_r
, Jan 2022
It was worth every penny. Though the weather was extremely cold, my family adored the tour. From standing to the Statue of 🗽 to visiting the Ellis Island, every moment of tour represented what this incredible nation is about. An absolute must for every one. The tour guide was also kind and helpful.
star-5
Seeing the Statue of...
Dustin_B
, Jan 2022
Seeing the Statue of Liberty in person was such an amazing experience. So much memories were made, thank you!
icon Response from Host , Jan 2022
Dear Dustin_B, Thank you for sharing your experience on our page! We are extremely happy to read you enjoyed seeing the Statue of Liberty in person so much and that you were able to make memories you will cherish for a long time! We hope your time in New York was amazing as well, and that you will have the chance to visit us again soon. All the best,
star-5
California family enjoying NY
jesus_a
, Jan 2022
By far the best spent money I did in New York. My wife and I have seen the Statue of Liberty before but this time we brought our two teenage daughters. Rob was our tour guide and he was exceptional. His knowledge and way to connect with the group was awesome. My girls walk away saying they actually learn something new and could not wait to get back to school and tell their history teacher. Rob did a great job of interacting and asking us questions. Highly recommended. And please don't be cheap, I saw other folks just walk away at the end. These guys earn their tips so please be considerate.
icon Response from Host , Jan 2022
Dear jesus_a, Thank you for posting such a lovely review on our Early Access: First on the Island Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island with our wonderful Rob. We are thrilled to read you enjoyed spending time with him and that he was able to connect with your entire group while providing you with interesting information your daughters can't wait to share with their history teacher! I hope you had a wonderful time in New York and that you will have the chance to "walk with us" again soon! Sincerely,
star-5
Wake up early and don’t miss this fabulous tour!
Vicki_S
, Jan 2022
Very organized and highly informative! Full of interesting history that we were unaware of! Well worth getting up early for!
star-5
Fun and enlightening!
Alex_W
, Jan 2022
Fun tour! Christian was a Knowledgeable guide and it was cool to see behind the history :) We highly recommend!
star-5
Sara our guide was...
Alexandra_G
, Jan 2022
Sara our guide was amazing! She knew so much and her stories were beautiful. We loved the whole experience thank you!
icon Response from Host , Jan 2022
Dear Alexandr, Thank you for taking the time to review our Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island tour! We are thrilled to read you enjoyed our guide Sara so much and spent such a lovely day together. Looking forward to walking together again soon. Sincerely,
star-5
We really enjoyed our...
Debra_R
, Dec 2021
We really enjoyed our guide Sara explaining the history behind everything. She was very informative.
star-5
Book with Sara! She’s fabulous!
Alisa_B
, Dec 2021
Sara was an amazing guide! So enthusiastic and positive and a bundle of information and energy. Could not say more good things about her your.
star-5
A bucket list trip!
Robert_H
, Dec 2021
Sara gave a fantastic tour full of historical details! She provided lots of information and also made it very entertaining.
icon Response from Host , Dec 2021
Dear Robert_H, Thank you for reviewing our First on the Island Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island with Sara. We are happy you enjoyed your time together so much, and that she was both knowledgeable and entertaining at the same time, as that is indeed a wonderful mix! Looking forward to hosting you again soon. Happy Holidays,

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