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Twisted Statue Tour: Under the Skirt of Lady Liberty
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Duration: 3 hours
Language: English
Mobile voucher accepted
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  • The most entertaining and irreverent Statue of Liberty Tour in New York
  • Special pre-reserved access to the Statue pedestal with no wait
  • Small group of 20 people or fewer with easier access to your guide
  • Ferry ticket and access to visit Ellis Island for an independent visit
What to expect

This is New York’s funniest and most insightful tour to the Statue of Liberty, giving you to the stories, rumors, legends that you won’t hear anywhere else. Want to know about the other tragedy on the day of JFK’s assassination (the one that involved a giant octopus)? Or what our guides ‘affectionately’ call Lady Liberty behind her back? Then this is your tour.

You’ll meet at Battery Park, home to a beer garden/immigration station, as well as a graphic plaque given to the city of New York by the Dutch to remind us that they stole Manhattan first. With a small group of 20 people or fewer and an expert local guide (carefully vetted for his/her sense of fun) you’ll board the ferry to Liberty Island.

During the crossing they will regale you with some of the more outlandish stories of Lower Manhattan. First and foremost is the tale of a ferry sinking that killed 400. In the wreckage authorities found the markings of what looked like huge suction cups on the side of the boat, pointing to an unlikely culprit. Is this the twisted story NY’s port authorities are hiding from you or is it a complete fabrication? The photographic evidence held by your guide is pretty convincing...

When you reach Liberty Island you’ll have special access to climb up to the Statue pedestal, via a stairway (or elevator) inside the structure. Climb under the skirts of Lady Liberty to marvel at her cavernous interior and hear the story of how she was made. Naturally, this won’t be the polite version from the history books. Instead you’ll learn how here creator was a little dramatic and didn’t always love Americans; 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); how her torch started out as little more than a flicker of light; and how many birds lost their lives because of it. You’ll also learn how the statue went from being little known and less cared for, to an icon of the American people, used to advertise everything from immigration and patriotism, to laxatives and cocaine.

After enjoying this eye-opening, hilarious, and eventually inspirational story, you’ll step outside for views from the pedestal that reach over the harbour and encompass much of Lower Manhattan - the perfect selfie spot.

Your guided tour ends here but your day doesn’t have to. With all-inclusive tickets valid for the rest of the day, you can take the ferry on to Ellis Island to explore the lovely museum by yourself and get even more information about the history of this hallowed stretch of harbor. The museum here is so well-curated, with videos, audio and huge photographic exhibits; you won’t need your guide at all.

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What's included
  • Special access to the Statue Pedestal
  • Round-trip transport to Liberty Island & Ellis Island by ferry
  • Small groups of max 20 people
  • Fun expert guide
What's not included
  • Statue of Liberty Crown
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel Pick-Up/Drop-Off
Where

22 Battery Pl, New York, NY 10004, USA

Meeting point:

Front entrance of Pier A Harbor House, in Battery Park, to the right of the Statue of Liberty ferry and Castle Clinton

What to remember
  • Gratuities to guides are appreciated but never obligatory
  • Tour participants must be able to climb and descend 215 stairs from the Statue lobby to the top of the pedestal
  • 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
  • Tour in English only.
  • This tour may not be suitable for young children under the age of 13, as subject matter may be graphic and disturbing.
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