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Skip the Line Small-Group Tour of Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island

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Visit two of New York's most historic attractions on this 4-hour tour of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. Enjoy priority boarding on the ferry to Liberty Island and — together with your small group and guide — enter the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty. Explore Liberty Island and head to the observation decking the Statue for a spectacular view of NYC. Then, visit Ellis Island, where you’ll learn about the vast immigration that took place here between 1892 and 1954.
  • Skip-the-line ferry access gives you more time to see the sights
  • Commentary from your guide on Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island history
  • Admission tickets to the Pedestal, the statue museum, and the Museum at Ellis Island included
  • Round-trip ferry ticket included
  • Tour Ellis Island at your leisure, returning to Manhattan on your schedule
What to Expect
Make your way to Battery Park to meet your guide and group at least 15 minutes before your departure. Together, skip the lines for priority access to Liberty Island Ferry. The ferry whisks you to Liberty Island where, with your guide leading the way, you’ll tour the Statue of Liberty Museum and hear commentary on the statue’s rich history to go along with the displays. Head to the observation deck for views and photos before hopping back on the ferry, bound for Ellis Island. Land on Ellis Island and listen as your guide paints a verbal picture of what it must have been like for immigrants landing there throughout the years. Visit the Great Hall to see family photos, hear personal stories, and trace your own family history. Finish up around midday. You are free to explore further and return to Manhattan via ferry when you wish.
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Important Information
Departure Point
Castle Clinton National Monument, Battery Park, New York, NY 10004, USA
Departure Time
9:30 AM
Return Details
Ellis Island, United States
  • Priority, skip-the-line ferry access
  • Expertise of a knowledgeable guide
  • Entry/Admission - Statue of Liberty
  • Entry/Admission - Ellis Island Immigration Museum
  • Entry/Admission - Ellis Island
  • Guaranteed to skip the lines
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Lockers for large items on Liberty Island (available for $2)
  • Audio Guide (translates the tour)
  • Crown access
  • Gratuities
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • The guided portion of the tour is 3.5-4 hours (subject to ferry schedule). However, to fully experience Ellis Island, it is recommended that you spend an additional hour on the island afterward
  • Food and drink is available for purchase on the Statue Ferry, Liberty Island, and Ellis Island
  • Involves a moderate amount of walking
  • Statue of Liberty pedestal is not wheelchair accessible
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • If canceled because of dangerous weather, you will be given the option of an alternative tour date or full refund
  • Backpacks (including drawstring bags), strollers, and other large items are not allowed in the pedestal of the statue. Lockers are available for a 25 cent deposit that is returned.
  • Photography is allowed on the tour; monopods and tripods are not
  • No food or drink (other than bottled water) is allowed in the pedestal. Canteens of any material are prohibited
  • No weapons of any kind (e.g. pocket knives, pepper spray, Swiss Army knives, etc.) are allowed at the Statue of Liberty. Please leave these items at home
  • There are two security checkpoints on this tour. One at Battery Park before boarding the ferry and the other at Liberty Island before entering the pedestal
  • Please arrive 15 minutes prior to the tour's designated start time. The tour departs promptly and no refunds will be given for guests who miss the tour due to being late
  • The Statue of Liberty Museum will be closed through May of 2019. An altered route will be taken on Liberty Island. The same information will be given.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Once the tour begins, if you make the decision to not follow the guide or their instructions, we cannot guarantee we can reunite you with the group.
  • This tour is not wheelchair accessible
  • Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult at least 21 years of age.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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The first time we went to Liberty and Ellis Island several years ago we waited in line in Battery Park for such a long time, we didn't get to spend much time at either place once we got there. This time, that wasn't an issue. We had a great size group - not too large. Joel
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One generally ends up doing the boat trip around the Statue of Liberty - which i also did. However, i wanted to know more about Ellis Island and that is how i ended up on this tour. I would definitely recommend this as this is the tour that really explains the history behind the
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Response from NKelly86, Owner at Skip the Line Small-Group Tour of Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island
Responded 1 week ago
Hello, We really appreciate you taking the time to leave such a glowing review of your tour with Joel and are pleased that you had such a good time. We agree that a guided tour is the ideal way to see these historic sites and are glad that we were able to make the experience a pleasurable and educational one. We hope to see you again in the future. -The Team at TopDogTours
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Joel was informative and entertaining. We will recommend him to our friends He was clear with instructions and very kind, answered all our questions, humorous and we could tell he enjoys his work.
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Response from NKelly86, Owner at Skip the Line Small-Group Tour of Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island
Responded 1 week ago
Hello Rudy, Thank you for taking the time to leave a review of your Statue/Ellis Tour with Joel. We are so pleased you had a good time and really appreciate the great feedback. We hope the rest of your stay in the city was just as enjoyable and we hope to see you again soon. Safe Travels! -The Team at TopDogTours
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We took a tour of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. Our tour guide was Victoria and she was great! She was very personable and quite knowledgeable. She gave us a ton of information and made it fun. This was our first time visiting the monument and we were so glad we did a
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Response from NKelly86, Owner at Skip the Line Small-Group Tour of Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island
Responded 1 week ago
Hello, We are so happy that you had a great time on your Statue/Ellis Tour with Victoria. We really appreciate you taking the time to leave a review. We hope we do indeed see you in the future. Safe travels! -The Team at TopDogTours
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Our guide RJ was excellent. He was knowledgable, personable and was very upbeat even though it rained on us the whole tour. I would highly recommend RJ
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