Before the Crowds Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island Tour

With our local expert guide learn the history of the gateway to New York, Lady Liberty

Travel Flexibly 5 / 5 See All 8 Reviews · 3.00h 20 max · New York, United States

See New York as over the 12 million people did who entered the US through Ellis Island between 1892 and 1954. On this tour you will visit the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island with roundtrip ferry transport included all with a local guide who will describe the city's amazing history as you visit the picturesque monument.

Tour Details
  • Guided Tour
  • Ferry From Manhattan
  • Liberty Island
  • Statue of Liberty
  • Statue of Liberty Museum
  • Ellis Island
  • Ellis Island Immigration Museum
  • Best Views of New York
  • Return to the City

Did you know over 12 million people entered the US through Ellis Island between 1892 and 1954? Do you want to visit the 151 ft (46 meter) tall representation of freedom that acts as the gateway to New York? Can you imagine copper color that Lady Liberty originally was before statue became green from oxidation? Join us on the exploration of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. With your expert English speaking guide you will learn the stories of those who came to America searching for a better life. This 3 hour tour includes:

  • Skip the Line Statue of Liberty Tickets

  • Roundtrip Ferry Tickets bypassing the line

  • Guided tour of the Statue of Liberty and Liberty Island

  • Admission to the Statue of Liberty Museum and Exhibit

  • Audioguide Tour of the Ellis Island Immigration Museum

  • A local expert guide

  • Convenient meeting point in Battery Park, Manhattan

Statue of Liberty

One of the United States' most important and recognizable landmarks, it is almost as famous for its incredibly long lines and its tickets selling out really fast. From Manhattan, you will skip the long ferry lines and embark for the ship directly to Liberty Island. Designed by Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi, it was built by Gustave Eiffel. Yes, that name does sound familiar, it's the same architect who designed the Eiffel Tower in Paris. The Statue of Liberty was a gift from the French Government to the US as a representation of freedom after the abolition of slavery in the US in the 1860's. Reportedly in 1865 at dinner, Édouard René de Laboulaye the famous French abolitionist told Bartholdi: "If a monument should rise in the United States, as a memorial to their independence, I should think it only natural if it were built by united effort—a common work of both our nations." Dedicated 20 years later in 1886, the Statue of Liberty stands as a symbol of not only Freedom and Liberty but the friendship between France and the United States.

Ellis Island

Until its closure in 1954, Ellis Island was the primary entrance into America from Europe.You will experience their first moments in America, from the first sight of the flame from a top Lady Liberty to the processing they undertook once they disembarked from weeks long sea voyages. Here each hopeful migrant would be processed, medically examined and if all went well they would be granted entrance into the United States of America. In the museum, your guide will take you through the journey that millions took as they disembarked the ship that they had been on for weeks. You will see the Baggage Room, Registry Room, and Medical Examination Areas that each passenger went through. You will also see the the areas that determined whether Ellis Island was the "Isle of Hope" or the "Isle of Tears" as those who did not pass the examinations could be detained in the dormitories for weeks. With your guide you will be immersed in this emotional experience of hope, tragedy and more.

What you get with this tour
Round Trip Ferry Tickets
Statue of Liberty Tickets
Ellis Island Access
Expert Local Guide
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04 September 2022
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Janet Hobbs

30 August 2022
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Julianne Lillie

Lady liberty!
26 August 2022
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Abigail Turner

Tour was great. My husband and I saw all the main sites. We said goodbye to the guide at Ellis island and stayed for a while longer, just taking in all the history. Thanks for the tour.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Where to meet?

In Battery Park, exact details will be provided upon booking

What to bring?

As you will be on your feet we recommend wearing comfortable shoes and bringing a water bottle in the summer

What to bring?

As you will be on your feet we recommend wearing comfortable shoes and bringing a water bottle in the summer

Where to meet?

In Battery Park, exact details will be provided upon booking

Does this tour visit the crown or pedastal?

Guided tour groups are unable to visit the pedastal or crown due to new regulations from the State of Liberty

Is Ellis Island Included?

The final portion of the tour is Ellis Island. Your guide will provide an introduction outside the museum then provide audioguides for a self guided visit

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