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Offbeat Statue of Liberty Tour with Pedestal Access & Ellis Island Ferry Return Transfers

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Key Highlights
  • Enjoy a truly irreverent and fun-filled Statue of Liberty tour with enthralling stories, hearsay and more!
  • Gain special access to the Statue pedestal, usually barred to the general public
  • Get a tongue-in-cheek perspective of the turbulent history of one of New York’s most iconic sites
  • Forget boring history lessons and hear about octopus attacks, JFK’s assassination & more
  • With return ferry transfers to Ellis Island included, explore the historic island on your own
  • The pedestal of the Statue of Liberty provides great photo opportunities!
  • Activity Schedule
    When does it run?

    01 Jun - 31 Oct: Monday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday

    01 Nov - 07 Jan: Monday, Friday and Saturday

    Duration

    Statue of Liberty Tour: Approx. 3 hours
    Ellis Island Tour: Stay as long as you wish

    Start time

    01 Jun - 31 Oct: 1:30pm
    01 Nov -7 Jan: 1:00pm

    Meeting Point

    Front entrance of Pier A Harbor House, 22 Battery Place, in Battery Park, to the right of Statue of Liberty ferry and Castle Clinton.
    Directions by taxi: Tell your driver to drop you off at Pier A Harbor House, Battery Park, near the Statue of Liberty ferry.
    Directions by subway: Take Line 4 or 5 to Bowling Green, or Lines 1 or R to Rector Street. Walk towards the water. Pier A Harbor House is to the right of the Statue of Liberty ferry and Castle Clinton.

    Ending Point

    Liberty Island

  • Overview & Itinerary
    Overview

    Embark on an irreverent and unconventional storytelling tour and visit the iconic Statue of Liberty on this twisted Statue of Liberty tour! Get personal with Lady Liberty, enjoy special access to the Statue Pedestal, not open to the general public and hear interesting stories and myths from your fun local guide.

    Ditch boring history book lessons and be regaled instead with riveting and sometimes outlandish stories about an octopus attack, JFK’s assassination and more! Learn about how NYC’s most unwanted gift became an enduring symbol of the American Dream.

    With return ferry tickets to Ellis Island included in the package, make a trip to Ellis Island, explore its lovely museum and enjoy the riveting multimedia displays on a self-guided visit.

    Itinerary

    Lady Liberty Tour:

    Meet your guide in Battery Park at the pre-decided meeting point. You will be boarding a ferry to Liberty Island with a small group. Your witty and expert guide will regale you with some bizarre stories about Lower Manhattan during the ferry ride.

    Hear irreverent stories, rumors and legends that you haven’t heard anywhere else. Here the story of the sinking of the ferry and the death of 400 people. Rumors have it that the markings of what looked like huge suction cups were discovered on the side of the boat, pointing to an unlikely culprit. See the photographic evidence provided by your guide and decide if it’s a myth or a fact.

    At the Liberty Island, climb to the Statue pedestal, via a stairway (or elevator) inside the structure. Literally, get beneath the skirts of Lady Liberty and hear stories about the creation of the statue. Learn a version very different from the ones in history books - know about how the creator wasn’t always fond of Americans and how many Americans cared even less for his statue and weren’t interested in paying for the pedestal that you’re standing on (which eventually cost more than the statue itself).

    Know about how Lady Liberty’s torch started out as little more than a flicker of light; and how many seagulls lost their lives because of it. You’ll also learn how the statue went from being little known to becoming an icon of the American people, used to advertise everything from immigration and patriotism, to laxatives and cocaine. Step outside for views from the pedestal that reach over the harbour and encompass much of Lower Manhattan, making it a perfect place for great selfies!

    Ellis Island Trip:

    With the end of the guided tour, you are now free to take the ferry to Ellis Island (included in the ticket) to explore the lovely museum by yourself and know more about the history of this famous harbor. Enjoy the videos, audio and huge photographic exhibits at the museum and return to Liberty Island by ferry.

  • Inclusions & Exclusions
    Inclusions
    • Special access to the Statue Pedestal
    • Round-trip transport to Liberty Island & Ellis Island by ferry
    • Fun expert guide
    Exclusions
    • Statue of Liberty Crown
    • Gratuities
    • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • Please note & Additional info
    Please note

    Please call the activity operator at least 24 hours prior to the start of the tour to confirm all departure details.

    The tour meeting time is 15 minutes prior to the start time. No refunds or re-bookings can be provided for late arrivals or no shows after tour commencement or departure.

    This tour does not include a visit to the Statue of Liberty's Crown, due to security measures in place 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. Please refer to the Statue of Liberty’s guidelines on specific prohibited items: http://www.nps.gov/stli/planyourvisit/yoursafety.htm

    Upon arrival at Liberty Island, if you are carrying a backpack or large bags, you are required to put your bag/s into a locker which costs $2.00 in bills only (no coins accepted). Please be sure to have dollar bills for the lockers.

    The ferry does not operate during heavy rain or other adverse weather conditions; when this occurs, an alternative option is provided.

    Ellis Island Tour: Stay as long as you wish, till the last ferry leaves at 5:15pm

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

    Additional info

    The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details and local telephone numbers at the destination. They will happily answer any logistical questions you may have.

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