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Privileged Access to the Statue of Liberty Pedestal and Ellis Island Tour

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Activity Schedule

  • When does it run?


  • Duration

    4 hours

  • Start time

    8:15am & 11am

  • Meeting Point
    Make your way to Front entrance of Pier A Harbor House, 22 Battery Place, in Battery Park, to the right of the Statue of Liberty ferry and Castle Clinton.
  • Ending Point

    Ellis Island (You can choose to stay on Ellis Island and return on your own or take the ferry back to Battery Park with the guide)

Key Highlights

  • Be the first tour group of the day to access Liberty Island
  • Visit Ellis Island with personal time to explore
  • Deepen your visit to the Ellis Island Immigration Museum with the official audio guide
  • Explore incredible artifacts (including the original torch!) and building plans at the Statue of Liberty Museum
  • Hear history come alive with your licensed New York City tour guide
  • Join a small group with of more than 25 people


Get up, close and personal with the Statue of Liberty and delve into the dramatic past of Ellis Island with this guided tour from New York. Led by an expert guide, learn more about these iconic sites.

You will be among the first to reach the Statue of Liberty, avoiding the hordes of crowd that come to visit the Statue each day. Enjoy special access to the pedestal and get closer to this iconic site, plus appreciate uninterrupted views across the city harbor.

The tour also takes you to Ellis Island where 12 million new arrivals were processed through the island’s Immigration Center. Explore the museum and the Stairs of Separation as your guide tells the stories of immigrants’ journeys to the United States of America.

Your Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island tour begins from Battery Park where you will meet your guide. Walk past some of the major sites around Battery Park, like the Castle Clinton National Monument, Pier A Harbor House, the American Merchant Mariner’s Memorial, the Sphere and New York Korean War Veteran’s Memorial, before taking the first boat to Liberty Island to see the iconic Statue of Liberty.

Once you reach the towering Statue of Liberty, enjoy privileged access to the Statue pedestal and have a closer view of Lady Liberty, a gift from the French government to the United States of America during its 100th year of Independence. Climb the 215 steps from the Statue lobby to the top of the pedestal and savor stunning views of the Manhattan skyline.

Explaining the historic and cultural significance of the statue, your guide reveals how the Statue of Liberty became a beacon of hope for the millions of immigrants who migrated to the United States of America after its inauguration in 1886. You will hear all about the struggle that got Lady Liberty on her feet, making her the most iconic and important sites to the people of New York.

Moving forward, you will return to your ferry for a short cruise to Ellis Island, which served as an immigrant processing station from 1892 until 1924. Follow the footsteps of 12 million immigrants and learn about the strict immigration procedure they went through. Visit the Stairs of Separation and gain insight into the horrors that the immigrants faced once they reached here.

At Ellis Island, you will also visit the Immigration Museum that houses a large collection of artifacts, photographs, prints, videos, interactive displays and temporary exhibits. You will also come across the American Immigrant Wall of Honor that lists the 60,000 names of the men and women who passed through Ellis Island on their way to the United States of America.

Your tour ends at the island, after which you may spend time exploring the island on your own or take a ferry back to Battery Park with your guide.


  • Local English-speaking guide
  • Expertly guided walking tour
  • First ferry of the day ticket (first tour time only)
  • 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 & Pedestal
  • Hotel Pick-Up / Drop-Off
  • Gratuities

Please note

Voucher Information: You must print and surrender a paper version of your booking voucher for this activity (showing your voucher on a smartphone is not accepted).

New York City tourist sites are among the most popular in the world. 

Skip the Line Access and careful planning limit our crowd exposure, but please be aware that some locations may be unavoidably busy during standard hours.

So there’s no last-minute rush, please arrive at the start point 15 mins early Guests arriving after departure cannot be accommodated and missed tours or tickets cannot be refunded.

This tour does not include a visit to the Statue of Liberty's Crown, due to security measures by the National Park Services who manage the Statue of Liberty.

Tour participants must be able to climb and descend 215 stairs from the Statue lobby to the top of the pedestal.

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 and such items will be confiscated and will not be returned.

No refund can be given for customers without a printed copy of their voucher.

The ferry does not operate during heavy rain or other adverse weather conditions; in such cases an alternative will be provided.

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