Guided tour

NYC: Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island First Tour of the Day

Activity provider: Walks - US

NYC: Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island First Tour of the Day

Activity provider: Walks - US
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From US$ 69 per person

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Make the most of your time in New York and enjoy this early-access guided tour of Liberty Island and the Statue of Liberty. Join the only tour allowed on the first ferry of the day to Liberty Island.

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Duration 4 hours
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Live tour guide
Audio guide included

What customers loved


  • Feel the wind in your hair on your ferry ride to the State of Liberty
  • See the famed NYC skyline with views of NY Harbor and the Statue of Liberty
  • Learn about the stories and history of Lady Liberty from a licensed NYC guide
  • Enter the Statue of Liberty Museum and see artifacts like the original torch and building plans
  • Explore the island at your leisure and research your heritage in the archives
  • Catch the first ferry to the Statue of Liberty before the crowds arrive
Full description

Be the first of the day to discover two of New York’s most iconic monuments with exclusive first ferry tour departure to Liberty Island, including a visit to the Statue of Liberty Museum and Ellis Island. Watch American history come to life with the only tour operator that runs ferries this early. Arrive at the grounds just under the watchful eye of Lady Liberty, where great views across NYC's skyline, Lower Manhattan, and the Big Apple await. Then, board the city's earliest ferry to Ellis Island (early morning tour only), ensuring you avoid the swelling afternoon crowds.

Follow in the footsteps of some 12 million immigrants and learn about the process those hopeful individuals went through to settle in America. View and walk the Stairs of Separation, growing to understand the Island's two very unique names - "The Island of Hope" and "The Island of Tears". After your guide has explained to you the history, they will give you the option to continue your exploration of Ellis Island on your own with the audio guide (included) or return to The Battery on the ferry with them. If you wish, feel free to stay on Ellis Island a bit longer to explore your personal heritage and find all the unique and interesting sights in the special location.

  • Local guide
  • First ferry tickets to Liberty Island (only for 8:30 AM and 9 AM departure)
  • Guided walking tour
  • Reserved ticket to Statue of Liberty Island (exterior access)
  • Reserved ticket to Ellis Island (includes Ellis Island museum)
  • Official audio guide on Ellis Island
  • Statue of Liberty Crown
  • Tips
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drinks
  • Guided tour inside the Pedestal and museums, an introduction will be given outside
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • You must present either proof of full vaccination, proof of a Covid-19 infection in the past 3 months, or a negative test taken no more than 24 hours before the activity starts
  • All participants 5 and older must present proof that they have received two vaccine doses of an FDA or WHO-approved vaccine or one dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Proof of vaccination may include the NYC COVID Safe App, Excelsior Pass, CDC Vaccination Card (or photo), NYC Vaccination Record, or official immunization record from outside NYC or the US
  • In addition to proof of vaccination, all participants who are over 18 years old must present a government-issued photo ID (e.g. driver’s license, passport, etc)

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Meeting point

Meet your guide at the front entrance of Pier A Harbor House, 22 Battery Place (to the right of the Statue of Liberty ferry and Castle Clinton). Directions by taxi: Ask 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. If you are looking for a car park close to the meeting point you can park at 22 Battery Pl, New York, NY 10004, USA.

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Important information

Know before you go

  • You will need to pass through airport-style security to enter the Statue of Liberty
  • Certain items are not permitted in the Statue of Liberty, these will be confiscated and not returned. Please refer to the Statue of Liberty’s guidelines on specific prohibited items
  • The tour complies with all local government health regulations
  • Upon arrival at Liberty Island, if you are carrying a backpack or large bag, you will be required to put your bag(s) into a locker at a cost of 25 cents, payable only with a quarter
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.8 /5

based on 826 reviews

Review summary

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Great experience. Rob, our tour guide, was great, very informative. Learned a lot of history, especially for our kids, who he included in the questions to keep them entertained and engaged. Just hoped we could have toured the Statue of Liberty longer. We didn't have much time to enjoy the musuem. But overall, the experience was great.

September 30, 2022

Rob was an excellent guide. Very knowledgeable about Statue of Liberty history, lots of interesting information. Small group and very organised but the ferries were so full! Rob had a personal history to share as his family were italien immigrants. He was very well informed about what life had been like and about entering via Ellis Island. We were an older couple in his group and he looked after us very well Thank you.

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September 27, 2022

Having Alvaro as our guide made the experience much more meaningful and educational! From the initial meeting point, before we were even on the ferry, he was telling us about the area that we were on battery park and about items of interest we were walking by. While waiting in line he gave us other recommendations on places to eat and drink before and after our show later that evening. Alvaro was awesome and so generous with his time and knowledge!

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September 2, 2022

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