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Early Access: First on the Island Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island
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Early Access: First on the Island Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island

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Beat the big crowds at the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island with this early-access tour. Enjoy special early-morning priority boarding for the ferry, and then cruise over to Liberty Island before most of the crowds arrive. Follow a guide on a tour of two of New York City’s most iconic landmarks as you learn about their significance to the US and world history.
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Ages 0-99, max of 25 per group
Duration: 4h
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Mobile ticket
English

Highlights
  • Avoid the crowds with early access to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island
  • Get more from visiting these two landmarks with a guide who knows the history
  • Choose between two times to best suit your NYC schedule
  • Spend time exploring Ellis Island on your own if you choose

  • First Guaranteed Access (8:30am departure only summer/9am departure only winter)
  • Local English-speaking guide
  • Expertly guided walking tour
  • 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
  • Entry/Admission - Statue of Liberty
  • Entry/Admission - Ellis Island Immigration Museum
What's not included
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel Pick up and Drop off
  • Statue of Liberty Crown and Pedestal
  • Lockers are $2.00

Meet for this early-access Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island tour at Pier A Harbor House. Spend some time visiting the nearby memorials with your guide. Then be one of the first passengers to board your ferry for the ride over to Liberty Island. At the Statue of Liberty, take a guided tour that leads you up to the pedestal for stunning views (available until March 31, 2020). Your guide tells you stories along the way as you get to see the statue closer than with any other standard visit. Hop back on the ferry for the short ride to Ellis Island. Learn all about the complicated immigration progress people went through as your guide takes you through the collection of interactive displays. At the end of your tour, either take the ferry back to Battery Park with your guide or stay on Ellis Island to explore more before returning on your own.

Departure details
  • Pier A Harbor House, 22 Battery Pl, New York, NY 10004, USA 22 Battery Place (Pier A Harbor House). Meet at the front entrance of Pier A Harbor House. Pier A Harbor House is to the right of the Statue of Liberty ferry and Castle Clinton. Your guide will be holding a Walks sign.
Return details
  • Ellis Island, United States Ellis Island (Guest can choose to stay on Ellis Island and return on their own or take the ferry back to Battery Park with Guide.)

  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 7167P6

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • This tour is conducted in English only.
  • This is a walking tour. While there are stops along the way, guests should be able to walk at a moderate pace without difficulty.
  • You are required to go through airport-style security on this tour. No luggage, weapons, or food (except for water in a clear container) is allowed. Confiscated items will not be returned.
  • Please Note: only the earliest booking time has access to the first ferry
  • Due to circumstances beyond our control, sites may occasionally close. We make every effort to stay as close to the advertised itinerary as possible but substitutions/omissions may be necessary.
  • Upon arrival at Liberty Island bags and backpacks must be stored in a locker..
  • This tour does not include access to the Statue of Liberty's Crown.
  • The tour meeting time is 15 minutes prior to the tour start time. No refunds or re-bookings can be provided for late arrivals or no-shows after tour commencement or departure.
  • Tips/gratuities (for your guide) are always appreciated.
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 25 travellers

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

What you can expect during your visit
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.

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What is the Early Access: First on the Island Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island cancellation policy?
Early Access: First on the Island Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island cancellation policy: For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Discover and book Early Access: First on the Island Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island on Tripadvisor
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Early Access: First on the Island Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island is hosted by Walks. Read reviews, discover additonal experiences or contact Walks on Tripadvisor. Discover and book Early Access: First on the Island Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island on Tripadvisor

If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 7167P6

Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    Pier A Harbor House
    22 Battery Pl, New York, NY 10004, USA
    22 Battery Place (Pier A Harbor House). Meet at the front entrance of Pier A Harbor House. Pier A Harbor House is to the right of the Statue of Liberty ferry and Castle Clinton. Your guide will be holding a Walks sign.
    See address & details
  • 1
    Battery Park
    Stop: 15 minutes
    See details
  • 2
    Castle Clinton National Monument
    Stop: 10 minutes
    See details
  • 3
    Liberty Island
    Stop: 15 minutes
    See details
  • 4
    Statue of Liberty
    Stop: 90 minutes - Admission included
    See details
  • 5
    Ellis Island Immigration Museum
    Stop: 30 minutes - Admission included
    See details
  • You'll end at
    Ellis Island
    Ellis Island, United States
    Ellis Island (Guest can choose to stay on Ellis Island and return on their own or take the ferry back to Battery Park with Guide.)
    See address & details
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T5832MWmandyc
T5832MWmandyc
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Would do it all over
Katie was phenomenal and clearly extremely knowledgeable - I could have stayed for 5 hours! Just loved it
lynnf185
lynnf185
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Outstanding
Our guide was Soooooooooooo amazing and I am super sad I am forgetting her name but we did the 3hr guided tour on 1
ShannonC2_
ShannonC2_
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Best 2 hours!
We had exactly 2 hours to spend at the Met so this was perfect. Kevin was fantastic and just a wealth of knowledge
Voyager03753674012
Voyager03753674012
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Well worth the cost
Katie was an awesome tour guide. She was so friendly, knowledgeable and shared so much insight into the collections
gaelb700
gaelb700
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Best way to see NYC
My guided walk and tour of new York’s Grand Central Terminal was amazing. My guide, Ric, was incredibly knowledgeab
Procdog
Procdog
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Super well organised tour
We had a great time - guide was personable ,knowledgeable and kind. Would recommend - even for slightly disengaged
402sundayt
402sundayt
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Fantastic tour with Ric!
The staff and our tour guide, Ric, were super friendly and knowledgeable. We learned a ton of history and fun facts
heidimorning
heidimorning
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Met 2hour Tour
Kevin was excellent! I appreciate his attentiveness to answer questions, knowledge, and enthusiasm. As an art histo
barbarahT8147BA
barbarahT8147BA
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Enjoyable!
Katie was knowledgeable, enjoyable to listen to, and generous with her time and information. Thank you!
DGCapeTown
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Great tour
Kevin was great! Thanks for the tour, very enjoyable and the best way to see the met for the first time. Loved th
Z9469RJjoyc
Z9469RJjoyc
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Great Tour
Cherie was great. The history was succinct but excellent. She kept us on task and provided a great tour.
Voodoo F
Voodoo F
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Wonderful
Cheri D was amazing. So knowledgeable. Wonderful information. Wish she could have been our private guide aroun
dbspsyd
dbspsyd
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Excellent
Mel was a great guide. He was very knowledgeable and was open to questions. I would recommend this tour.
joannemU9652UY
joannemU9652UY
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So engaging even the teenagers loved it!
Earlier in our trip to NYC, we visited other museums but as they were self-led my two teenagers (15, 13) got nothin
jochenb904
jochenb904
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Perfect morning tour with Cherrie
The earliest tour is the best! No crowds and enough time from 9 to… Our guide Cherie was so nice and had so many s
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Beth43323
Minneapolis, MN80 contributions
Great tour and information from our guide Alvarro, from Chile. He gave us context and ferry pointers and time to explore Liberty Island on our own.

Standing and waiting to be screened and then load and unload the ferries first to Liberty Island, then Ellis Island and then back to Manhattan takes a lot of time and energy. The new museum for the Statue of Liberty is nice, there is an attractive and reasonable gift shop too.

Ellis Island Immigration Center building is huge and beautifully restored. We spent an hour there but could have easily stayed several hours to see all three floors and the good exhibits. We were exhausted from all the earlier standing and walking, so left early. I would suggest going only to Ellis Island on your own for most of a day if you are interested in that, no tour guides can go inside at Ellis Island’s main building now.
Written 9 October 2021
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Megan S
1 contribution
Jun 2022 • Family
Cherie, our tour guide, was outstanding. Cherie went above and beyond to provide a meaningful experience for each and every one of the people in our tour group. She prioritized our time with her and made sure to give us all the details of Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty. She took photos of all of the families on our tour and gave us recommendations on where to go in the museums and just for NYC in general. This tour was amazing, I learned a lot and will never forget the experience Cherie gave my family and I!
Written 8 June 2022
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Denise H
Laguna Niguel, CA3 contributions
Alfaro, our guide, was super great all around-he knew the tips to keep our group moving from the security check at front to when you move down to get off the ferry. His history of both sites was just perfect! Not too much and not too little. I wanted to spend more time but my teens weren’t that interested so I’m super thankful for Alfaro and all he knew to highlight!!
Written 16 June 2022
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Laina McFerren
Saugus, CA9 contributions
Apr 2022 • Friends
I love guided tours! I have taken a guided tour on the Statue of Liberty Ellis island once before and thoroughly enjoyed it. Post Covid changes now apparently make it so tour guides are not allowed in any of the interior buildings (at least that is what our guide told us). So - because we paid extra for a guided tour we were not allowed up into the statue (the guide took us on our first trip). Also - this required us to be outside in the wind and rain to listen to any of the facts. Guide was knowledgeable but not very compelling and being forced to stand in very inclement weather rather that being inside the warm space at Ellis Island makes the extra money spent a huge waste.
I would recommend just buying the ticket and doing the self-guided for this one.
Written 10 April 2022
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TakeWalksTeam
Dear lmcferren, Thank you for reviewing our tour. We rely on our guests's experience to always improve, so we are always grateful to receive constructive criticism. First of all, we are terribly sorry we did not meet your expectations, especially since you had such a great time on your previous visit that you decided to book again. Unfortunately the guide is right, they are not allowed inside the buildings any longer, so they do all the explanations prior to entering. They should however choose a comfortable spot, especially if the weather is not great, and provide the necessary background to fully enjoy the tour. We are terribly sorry this was not the case and will make sure to address this with the guide to make sure it does not happen again. We work very hard to ensure the success of our services and feel terrible when something goes wrong. We hope you had a wonderful time in New York and that if you ever find yourself visiting any other location we serve, you will give us another try. Sincerely,
Written 15 April 2022
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sarah s
1 contribution
Dec 2022 • Family
This is not true! You will not be the first on the island statue of Liberty and certainly not on Ellis Island.
By the time we went on the other side, there were other groups that had reached there before us. Once we reached statue of liberty, we felt the tour was rushed, we were given 45mins on the island. No time to take pictures, or to walk through the rooms. We departed the ferry to head to Ellis Island, the tour guide forgot to tell us where to meet, he had started the little tour talk with the people already on the other side by the time we found them. Not worth the extra pennies to get there before everyone else because you wont! Id recommend for the tour guide to give people more time on the statue of liberty island, not so rushed and also to clearly give instructions on meeting points, not sure how someone would start his talks knowing that a group had not joined the team.
Written 28 December 2022
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TakeWalksTeam
Dear P2496, Thank you for taking the time to provide your honest feedback! We sincerely apologize for the way things went for you. We are looking into this situation and appreciate your honest feedback. I would love to help resolve this situation for you. If you would kindly reach out to me at feedback@walks.org, I'd love to discuss this further. Best, Iryna
Written 9 January 2023
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beachgirlie4sure
Jackson Hole, WY7 contributions
Apr 2022 • Family
Today I learned that anyone can be a tour guide. We ended up with a very outgoing actor today, with about 15% of the information we would expect from a NYC tour guide. Late to both ferry’s which gave us limited time at both sites. Even given the time I don’t think this guide would have even been able to share significant facts about the islands without the iPad. My recommendation is to book your ferry rides and download a facts sheet from the web.
Written 15 April 2022
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TakeWalksTeam
Dear Kristin S, Thank you for reaching out to us about your experience on our Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island tour. We work very hard to select only the best professionals available and are sorry to hear you did not find your guide to be knowledgeable and worth the cost of the tour. In regards to some of them being actors as well, we don't see the problem with that, as it gives them better story telling skills. That said, they are all certified tour guides who have passed the NY guide exam (otherwise they could not be allowed to lead the tours) and acting is a side job for them. We also encourage all our staff to use the iPad as it 's a great visual tool for historical pictures. Again, we are terribly sorry you were not satisfied with the service, and would like to receive further details about the guide to help us identify him/her so we can address your comments personally, so please feel free to contact us at feedback@walks.org with any further detail you may have. Looking forward to hearing from you. Kind regards,
Written 2 May 2022
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Julie W
1 contribution
Jul 2022 • Couples
Rob was our tour guide and he was fantastic! Not only was he super knowledgeable, but he was funny, engaging, anecdotal, and inclusive- and really good with the young kids that were in our tour group. The tour exceeded my high expectations. My husband and I both thoroughly enjoyed it. And as a side note, Rob offered to take pics of everyone in the group in front of the Statue of Liberty, and his photographer skills were 100%!
Written 7 July 2022
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TroyF386
Rockford, IL22 contributions
Aug 2022
First of all, our tour guide was both informative and entertaining and did a great job. By no fault of his own, the story telling was more extensive than what we were looking for and the group we were in moved slower than what we wanted so this took quite a bit longer than expected. Secondly, the "Early Access" that is in this experience's title could be considered false advertising because we entered the ferry line at the same time as everyone else and the place was packed. The next time we will just do the self guided audio tour and get there early to be in the front of the line. (Also ridiculous the NPS is still requiring masks to get through their security line but no fault of this tour.....)
Written 16 August 2022
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TakeWalksTeam
Dear Troy, Thank you for providing your feedback! I am glad to hear that our guide Joe provided a great experience for you. Regarding the Early Access to this tour, once we have any updates to our tours, we are doing our best to update its information on all platforms (our direct website, and distributors like Viator) at the soonest possible. However, it might take a little time due to the system's complexity. While these actions are being processed, we would greatly appreciate your understanding and patience, as it is necessary for us to provide you with the best service. If you have any other questions or concerns, please email us directly at feedback@walks.org. Warm Regards, Iryna Guest Experience Manager
Written 18 November 2022
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Eli
2 contributions
Mar 2022 • Family
Rob was excellent! Made the whole experience come to life before our eyes. My kids 8,10,13 enjoyed- it was a little long for the 8 year old but still doable. Rob did a great job engaging us. Fyi- tour took about 3 hours before we starting touring Ellis island museum on our own.
Written 15 March 2022
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zoehannah
Stockton-on-Tees, UK74 contributions
Oct 2022
Sharie was an amazing guide. The weather was truly awful, rain and wind but she made the trip so so interesting. After over 820 visits there is not much she does not know. Worth getting to the early crossing so not too busy. Some great photo opportunities and tips.
The trip was just the right length , enough time to explore, have some free time and ask plenty of questions. Worth the visit, really good start to the day
Written 17 October 2022
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