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

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Pricing Info: Per Person

Duration: 4 hours

Departs: New York, New York

Ticket Type: Mobile or paper ticket accepted

Free cancellation

Up to 24 hours in advance.

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Early Access Morning Tour
Avoid the crowds by joining the only tour operator with access to guaranteed tickets on the first ferry of the day to Liberty Island.

Afternoon Tour
Visit the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island in the afternoon with a knowledgeable guide.

What's Included

Expertly guided walking tour

First Guaranteed Access (8:30am departure only summer/9am departure only winter)

Local English-speaking guide

Official audio guide on Ellis Island

Pre-reserved ticket to Ellis Island (includes Ellis Island museum)

Pre-reserved ticket to Statue of Liberty Island (exterior access)

What's Not Included

Lockers are $2.00


Hotel Pick up and Drop off

Statue of Liberty Crown and Pedestal

Traveler Information

  • INFANT: Age: 0 - 1
  • CHILD: Age: 2 - 14
  • ADULT: Age: 15 - 99

Additional Info

  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Please Note: only the earliest booking time has access to the first ferry
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • 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.
  • This tour does not include access to the Statue of Liberty's Crown.
  • Tips/gratuities (for your guide) are always appreciated.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Infants are required to sit on an adult’s lap
  • Public transportation options are available nearby
  • Suitable for all physical fitness levels
  • This is a walking tour. While there are stops along the way, guests should be able to walk at a moderate pace without difficulty.
  • This tour is conducted in English only.
  • Upon arrival at Liberty Island bags and backpacks must be stored in a locker..

Cancellation Policy

What To Expect

Battery Park
Begin your day at The Battery (formerly known as Battery Park). This historical landmark is the gateway between lower Manhattan and the small island in the midst of New York Bay - and of course, Lady Liberty

15 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

Castle Clinton National Monument
Pause at Castle Clinton, a national monument and for your guide to lay the context of your tour ahead

10 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

Liberty Island
Board the earliest ferry in the morning to avoid the afternoon crowds. Sail through the open waters and take in the incredible views of New York Bay as you head for Liberty Island with your local tour guide

15 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

Statue of Liberty
Delve deep into the story of how Lady Liberty started in France and came to America. As you tour the island, your expert guide shares incredible historical facts of this greatest of American icons. Wander through the Statue of Liberty Museum and stand mere feet from Lady Liberty’s original torch!

1 hours • Admission Ticket Included

Ellis Island Immigration Museum
Head to Ellis Island to discover the stories of the millions of immigrants who journeyed through this historic site. Wander at your leisure with the award-winning Audio Guide (included). You can peruse the museum, dive into your own family history, or enjoy a bite at the Island’s popular cafeteria. You are also welcome to return on the ferry with your guide.

30 minutes • Admission Ticket Included


Amazing Tour
Ann_S, 22-12-2022
Amazing day. Allison Rose was an extraordinary guide and made it fun and informative. Highly recommend!!!
Super interesting!
FarAway13513050636, 20-12-2022
Rob was an excellent tour guide! He was energetic and full of a lot of really interesting info about that Statue of Liberty and Ellis island.
Fabulously informative
Lisa_H, 18-12-2022
We had Alvaro, who was fabulous. He gave very clear instructions on where we needed to be and brought the whole experience to life. We would highly recommend this tour.
Memorable trip
jojoq88, 17-12-2022
Cherie is such a wonderful tour guide. She’s so knowledgeable and a historian to boot. Definitely a memorable experience . She’s highly recommendable.
Rob is a legend; get one with him.
Z550NTtomb, 17-12-2022
Brilliant tour with Rob who went above and beyond to share the history of both the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. His knowledge was second to none and his approach engaging and entertaining - he knew how to read the room and keep everyone engaged!

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