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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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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Skip the ticket line
Live tour guide
Audio guide included

What customers loved


  • Go back in time and hear history come alive with your licensed NYC tour guide
  • Explore Liberty Island without distraction as the first tour group of the day
  • Enter the Ellis Island Museum and search for fascinating facts about your family
  • See the famed NYC skyline with beautiful views of the harbor and Lady Liberty
  • Visit Ellis Island and enjoy personal time to explore this living piece history
Full description

Discover the famous Statue of Liberty on a guided tour and ferry ride. Enjoy early access to Liberty Island, see clear views of the iconic New York skyline, and explore Ellis Island.

Begin your day at The Battery (formerly known as Battery Park), the historical gateway to Lady Liberty. Board the earliest ferry of the day (if you choose the earliest tour time) to avoid the crowds of tourists and sail away from Manhattan to greet the Statue of Liberty. Disembark at Liberty Island and join your guide on a walking tour of the island to learn the origins of the iconic Statue of Liberty. As you walk, take in views of the famed New York skyline and the Brooklyn Bridge. Wander through the Statue of Liberty Museum and see Lady Liberty’s original torch. Next, board the short ferry to Ellis Island. Hear a brief introduction about the Island's historical significance and get recommendations on what to do on the island from your guide. Then, explore this special place at your own pace.

Wander the site, enjoy the official audio guide, search the passenger records for family names, or pause for a quick bite to eat at the popular cafeteria. Either return to Manhattan with your guide on the ferry or stay to explore the island as long as you wish.

  • Local guide
  • Guided walking tour
  • First ferry of the day ticket (first tour time only)
  • 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
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Access to Statue of Liberty Crown and Pedestal
  • Tips
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

Not allowed

  • Luggage or large bags

Know before you go

  • You will need to pass through airport-style security to enter the Statue of Liberty. Prohibited items will be confiscated and not returned. Please refer to the Statue of Liberty’s guidelines on prohibited items
  • Only the earliest booking time has access to the first ferry
  • 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 882 reviews

Review summary

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I really recommend this tour. As a first generation citizen. I felt like I learned more on the tour than reading the textbooks in school. Our tour guide did an amazing job walking us through what the immigrants might have experienced on their journey to the USA. Like I mentioned, I would definitely recommend this tour.

October 4, 2022

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

Product ID: 51626