DO THIS BECAUSE...
- Avoid the crowds: take an early ferry to Liberty Island
- Guided tour Statue of Liberty + special access statue pedestal
- Visit Ellis Island and follow in the footsteps of 12 million immigrants
- Follow your expert guide at the Ellis Island Immigration Museum
WHAT TO EXPECT
Meet NYC’s most famous lady up close and in person on our Early Access Statue of Liberty Tour.
We’ll start our tour with a little context, visiting the sites around Battery Park. The memorials here rarely get the attention they deserve, from visitors rushing past to board the ferry. The stories they have to tell are well worth hearing though, so we’ll spare some time for 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.
Then it’s off to Liberty Island, with priority boarding to get us the best seats on the ferry – and since we leave so early (often on the first ferry, depending on the time of year) you’ll arrive at the Statue before the crowds. Once there, you’ll enjoy stunning views back over the city and a guided tour that takes you right into the pedestal.
Here your guide will teach you a little about the city’s greatest icon. Gifted to the US by France and designed by their finest architects including Gustav Eiffel (whose Parisian Tower you may be familiar with), Lady Liberty wasn’t as warmly received as you would think.
Then it’s back on the ferry and on to Ellis Island, where you’ll follow in the footsteps of 12 million immigrants: ‘The Island of Hope’ and ‘The Island of Tears’. Together you’ll explore the museum’s impressive collection of interactive displays, asking all the questions you want of your expert guide. Our tour ends in Ellis Island, so you can stay a little longer if you’d like, or head back on the ferry with your guide.
With groups of 20 people or fewer and early morning ferries to the islands, we ensure that your tour is peaceful and relaxed, removing the stress and frustrations of the average visit. And with an expert guide on hand you’re certain to learn a thing or two, getting more from your experience than you would have on your own.
- Statue of Liberty Museum and Pedestal
- Ellis Island Museum
- Castle Clinton National Monument
- Pier A Harbor House (from exterior)
- American Merchant Mariner’s Memorial
- The Sphere
- New York Korean War Veterans Memorial
- Expert local tour guide
- Statue of Liberty Pedestal tickets
- Fully guided Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island Museum tour
WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED
- Statue of Liberty Crown
- Hotel pick-up/drop-off
Front entrance of Pier A Harbor House, 22 Battery Place, in Battery Park, to the right of Statue of Liberty ferry and Castle Clinton
- Arriving by taxi: Tell the driver Pier A Harbor House, in Battery Park, near the Statue of Liberty ferry
- Arriving by subway: 4, 5 to Bowling Green, or 1 or R to Rector Street. Walks towards the water. Pier A Harbor House is to the right of the Statue of Liberty ferry and Castle Clinton.
WHAT TO REMEMBER
- The ferry does not operate during heavy rain or other adverse weather conditions; when this occurs, an alternative option is provided
- Gratuities to guides are appreciated but never obligatory
- Please note that 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
- Tour participants must be able to climb 215 stairs from Statue lobby to the top of the Pedestal (There is an elevator, but it is for emergency only or special circumstances, such as a guest with a disability and elevator can only fit 6 people at a time.)
- Please note 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
- 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/safetyandsecurtiy.htm"
- There is an elevator at Statue pedestal, but it is for emergency only or special circumstances, such as a guest with a disability. Although both Liberty Island (Statue) and Ellis Island are wheelchair accessible, Pedestal access to the Statue is NOTpossible due to narrow space of the pedestal. Please see FAQs for additional details.
- Please be aware that 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.
- Food and beverages must be stored in lockers upon arrival at Statue.
- Every day
- Check calendar for updated dates
Until 31st May 2016:
- Meeting Time: 8:45 AM
- Departure Time: 9:00 AM
From 1st June 2016 until 30th September 2016:
- Meeting Time: 8:15 AM
- Departure Time: 8:30 AM
From 1st October 2016:
- Meeting Time: 8:45 AM
- Departure Time: 9:00 AM
- Infants (0-3): free (no reservation required)
- Children (4-11): reduced price
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