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Skip-Line Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island Tour + Pedestal Ticket Upgrade

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icon3 to 5 hours  (Approx.)
iconOffered in: English

Keeping you safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Regular temperature checks for staff
Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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Overview

Check two New York landmarks off your bucket list on this exciting guided tour of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. Start the tour by getting early Reserve Line Access boarding on the ferry to Liberty Island. Once there, go inside the pedestal of the statue (if upgrade selected) and head to the observation decks for an awesome view of New York City and its surroundings. Then hop back on the ferry to Ellis Island to learn about the intriguing history of immigration to America that took place here between 1892 and 1954.
  • Guided visit to the Statue of Liberty National Monument and Ellis Island
  • Explore the grounds at Liberty Island and upgrade for pedestal access
  • View exhibits at the Great Hall inside the Immigration Museum on Ellis Island
  • Early Reserve Line boarding on the ferry to Liberty Island and Ellis Island

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

Get early-morning departure and reserve ferry boarding on your way to Ellis Island—rare perks.
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Priority line access to board the ferry to save time at departure
[Closed 2020] Access to the Pedestal Monument at Liberty Island if Upgrade Option selected
Access to the new Liberty Island Museum
Access to the Immigration Museum at Ellis Island
Expert English speaking guide
Gratuities
Lockers for large items on Liberty Island (available for $0.25)
Crown Access at the Statue of Liberty
Face mask available for a $1.00 fee
New York, NY 10004, USA

Return Details

Ellis Island, United States
After meeting your guide on the southern tip of Manhattan, board the ferry. Enjoy your early Reserve Line Access boarding to avoid the crowds. During the ride to Liberty Island learn about the history of the famous statue and learn about how perceptions of Lady Liberty have changed over the decades and generations. 

Once on the island, take a guided tour of the Liberty Island grounds.
Take in the sights of the New York skyline as well as New Jersey and Ellis Island. Access to the Liberty Island Museum is included. If you've upgraded, head into the pedestal of the statue and then up to the observation decks for a superlative view of the surroundings.

After some time, hop back on the ferry and cruise over to Ellis Island, as your guide give you the historic low-down on the millions of immigrants that passed through here between 1892 and 1954. 

After reaching Ellis Island, explore the place deeper with your guide by wandering around the Great Hall and taking in the exhibitions that explain further about the 12 million people that passed through here. Learn also how Americans can trace their ancestry here. 

You are on your own for the remainder of the visit, staying as long as you want before you return to Manhattan.

Please note the earliest tour has the least wait. Later tours encounter longer wait times.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Statue of Liberty
Enjoy a guided tour of Liberty Island as well as access to the Pedestal and Museum!
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Ellis Island
Enjoy a guided tour of the Ellis Island grounds!
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Ellis Island Immigration Museum
Guests will have access to the Immigration Museum. The tour ends on Ellis Island so guests can spend longer in the museum if they wish.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Please arrive 15 minutes prior to the start of the tour. The tour departs promptly and if late, you will NOT be able to catch up and will miss the tour. There are no refunds for missing the tour.
  • Please note the earliest time tour will have the least wait. Later tours will encounter longer wait times.
  • The guided portion of the tour is approximately either 2 or 4 hours. However, we recommended allowing at least 1 additional hour to fully experience Ellis Island. Return to Battery Park is at the participants' own leisure.
  • Food available for purchase on the ferry, at the Statue of Liberty, and on Ellis Island
  • Operates in all weather conditions. Please dress appropriately.
  • Security screening will take place prior to entering the ferry. Visitors to the park are required to undergo airport-style security screening.
  • Backpacks, strollers and other large items must be checked into lockers on Liberty Island. These lockers are available for $2 per locker. This fee is not included.
  • Some parts of this tour are not wheelchair accessible (top of the pedestal is not large enough for a wheelchair).
  • Photographs are permitted, but tripods and monopods are prohibited.
  • Children 3 and under free with paid adult ticket.
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • OPERATED BY ExperienceFirst (formerly New York Tour1)

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

Learn more about cancellations.

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 Skip-Line Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island Tour + Pedestal Ticket Upgrade?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by Skip-Line Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island Tour + Pedestal Ticket Upgrade.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Skip-Line Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island Tour + Pedestal Ticket Upgrade?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Skip-Line Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island Tour + Pedestal Ticket Upgrade.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Skip-Line Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island Tour + Pedestal Ticket Upgrade?
A:
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Skip-Line Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island Tour + Pedestal Ticket Upgrade.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Skip-Line Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island Tour + Pedestal Ticket Upgrade?
A:
The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Skip-Line Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island Tour + Pedestal Ticket Upgrade.
Q:
Where is the meeting point for the Skip-Line Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island Tour + Pedestal Ticket Upgrade?
A:
The meeting point for this tour is Castle Clinton National Monument, Battery Park, New York.
Feb 2021
Q:
How much walking will we be doing on the Skip-Line Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island Tour + Pedestal Ticket Upgrade?
A:
We’ll be on our feet for most of the tour. At both Liberty and Ellis islands, your guide will lead you on a walking tour. The ferry also has multiple levels with stairs and there are about 160 steps to reach the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty.
Feb 2021
Q:
What can I bring with me on the Skip-Line Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island Tour + Pedestal Ticket Upgrade?
A:
Food, backpacks, strollers, and large items must be checked into lockers before entering the Statue of Liberty. The locker fee isn’t included in the tour price. Also, plan for security screenings before entering the ferry and/or pedestal.
Feb 2021
Q:
Will the visit to the Statue of Liberty pedestal and the museums on Ellis Island be guided?
A:
The National Park Service doesn't allow any guides inside the Statue of Liberty pedestal, Statue of Liberty Museum, or Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration. You will have time to explore these on your own after an introduction from your guide.
Feb 2021
Q:
What if it rains during my Skip-Line Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island Tour + Pedestal Ticket Upgrade?
A:
Our tours run rain or shine, so please check the local forecast to plan. In rare cases when we have to cancel for extreme weather, we’ll offer you the chance to reschedule or give a full refund.
Feb 2021

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Traveler Tips


  • "Do this tour early, 8:30 or 9:30..it takes 4 hours and you have security to go through." See review
  • "The Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island are obviously very popular so recommend that you get on the early morning tours to avoid the crowds!" See review

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Statue of Liberty tour with Nicola
denis_b
, Apr 2021
Nicola was an excellent tour guide! Very knowledgeable, pleasant With great looking yellow shoes Would highly recommend him
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Fun
Colleen_C
, Apr 2021
The tour guide was very knowledgeable. He was very helpful with answering any questions. He even took pictures for us.
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ibeth... great amimated...
Jim_H
, Apr 2021
ibeth... great amimated energetic tour guide. very helpful and informative. took extra time to take pictures of us.
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Not worth the cost.
Eric_R
, Apr 2021
You can take the cruise to Liberty Island on your own for half the price. The tour guide was nice and informative, but I didn’t feel like I got anything significantly extra on this tour.
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A cold but perfect day
Ursula_P
, Apr 2021
It was a great experience. Our tour guide was fantastic. She had great energy and was so much fun. The day was so cold but ibetta made it so great. The process was easy and enjoyable.
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Wonderful
Carolina_M
, Apr 2021
Wonderful everything was wonderful highly recommend I was running a little late but they work with us thank you Angel
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A must see attraction in NY!
Francisco_R
, Mar 2021
Covid-19 precautions are still in effect on the tour which is great because NY was hit pretty bad compared to other states. The tour was excellent, we met our guide at Battery Park and hopped on the fairy after that. The weather was dreary but not cold at all, the statue views were amazing and Ellis Island was an unforgettable experience! Overall awesome!
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I love the energy and the dedication that the tour guide Chris Triebel had with me and my wife on the tour
Maria_M
, Mar 2021
Our tour guy his knowledge and information that he brought to the table to the tour how he kept us involved it didn’t matter if it was cold raining we wanted to hear more and all about that he had to offer He did an amazing job can’t wait and bring my whole family to have a tour
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Liberty up close
Tammy_S
, Mar 2021
We loved the Statue of Liberty and the museum. Tour guide was awesome. Very knowledgeable. We got soaked from the rain but we survived.
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Fantastic
Suely_R
, Mar 2021
Everything was absolutely amazing. It was a wonderful experience and our tour guide made it so fun for us.
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