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Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island: Ticket Options with Ferry

1. Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island: Ticket Options with Ferry

Hop on board the ferry and enjoy a self-guided tour of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. Visit Liberty Island, explore the Ellis Island Immigration Museum, and learn fascinating facts as you go. Begin your experience by departing from Liberty State Park, located in Jersey City, NJ, easily accessible by car. Once you arrive at the meeting point, bypass the ticket line with your pre-purchased ticket. Board the ferry and see the impressive views of Lady Liberty and the NYC skyline. Take note of the ferry's return times to plan your day. Your ticket gives you access to explore two attractions: Ellis Island and Liberty Island (with the Statue of Liberty). On arrival to Ellis Island, pick up your multilingual audio guide at the Immigration Museum. Then, explore what was America’s busiest immigration station for over 62 years. Walk in the footsteps of millions of people from all around the globe who passed through here looking for a new beginning and a new life for their families in America. With access to the American Family Immigration History Center's records, you can search all ship manifests that came through Ellis Island. Use this unique experience to research your family history. Once you're ready to discover Liberty Island, drop off your audio guide and return to the ferry. Upon arrival on Liberty Island, pick up your multilingual audio guide to start exploring the history of the Statue of Liberty. Children also have the opportunity to enjoy a special narration of this self-guided tour. When you are finished, return to the ferry and make your way back to your original departure point.

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

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

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.

NYC: Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island Tour with Ferry

3. NYC: Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island Tour with Ferry

Embark on an inspiring and educational journey to one of the most iconic monuments in the world, the Statue of Liberty. Your tour begins with a guided orientation at Castle Clinton in Battery Park, where you will learn about the history of the neighborhood and the War of 1812. Next, enjoy priority boarding onto the ferry to Liberty Island. As you cross the New York Harbor, see the beautiful downtown Manhattan skyline behind you and snap photos of Lady Liberty from the water. Once at Liberty Island, freely explore the island and the Statue of Liberty Museum. Once finished at Liberty Island, hop back on the ferry to the infamous Ellis Island, known as the Gateway to America. Here, you are free to visit the Ellis Island Immigration Museum and learn about how newly arriving immigrants were processed. All options include ferry service from Battery Park, Liberty Island, Ellis Island, and back to Battery Park. Both the 2-hour and 4-hour tour options include a guided experience of Liberty Island packed with historical facts about the statue. On the 4-hour tour, enjoy an additional guided orientation of Ellis Island.

Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island Small Group Tour

4. Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island Small Group Tour

Join an expert guide to get the most out of your trip to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. Buy your own ferry ticket beforehand, then meet your guide on the morning of your tour to board the ferry. Upon arrival on Liberty Island, enjoy a fully guided tour of the island and learn about the history of the Statue of Liberty. Take in the sights of the New York skyline from the observation deck. Then, cross by ferry to Ellis Island to explore the fascinating history of America's peak immigration years. Listen to personal stories, see family photos from the period, and even trace your own family history. Break for lunch at your own expense and then continue your visit on your own. Stay as long as you want before returning to Manhattan.

NYC: Central Park Hidden Gems Walking Tour

5. NYC: Central Park Hidden Gems Walking Tour

Avoid the tourist crowds and discover the hidden gems of Central Park with the help of a guide. Explore the rolling landscape to find serene areas and ravines in the less-trodden northern section of the park. Encounter one of the most surprising bird sanctuaries in the US, where you can look for robins, tufted woodpeckers or even a rare great horned owl or red-tailed hawk. Walk under Huddlestone Arch to emerge back into the sunlight and climb up to the historic military Bunker to get spectacular views of Harlem. Descend through North Woods to Harlem Meer, surrounded by willow, oak, beech and gingko trees. Skirt the lake and walk up a short flight of stairs to Nutters Battery overlooking north Manhattan. Discover the historic north/south route through the city at McGowan's Pass, and then breathe in the fragrance of roses and magnolia trees at Conservatory Garden.  Sit on a bench under a crabapple tree to discuss your adventure and plan the rest of your day in peace!

New York City: Liberty Island Tour

6. New York City: Liberty Island Tour

Discover the Statue of Liberty without needing to get up early to catch the first boat over to Liberty Island. Enjoy a leisurely boat ride with your small group and expert guide, taking in a full tour of Liberty Island. Meet your expert guide in Battery Park and marvel at iconic buildings like Castle Clinton (America’s first immigration station) and the Pier A Harbor House before hopping aboard a ferry to the Statue of Liberty. Before entering the statue, your guide will provide you with the most important facts about Lady Liberty and you will then have time to explore it at your own pace. Dive into the story behind the statue's construction and why it almost wasn’t built at all. Inside the statue museum discover artifacts from its construction, telling the story of one man’s monumental dream that brought an entire city together. In just three hours, you’ll have seen the Statue of Liberty and learned its story from an expert guide. No early wake-up calls, no waiting in line, just easy, intimate access to America’s most iconic monument.

Lower Manhattan Tour: Wall Street & 9/11 Memorial

7. Lower Manhattan Tour: Wall Street & 9/11 Memorial

Meet your guide in the Financial District to learn about the early history of New York City, the early Dutch settlement and the transformation into today’s financial capital. It was like the Wild West, a trading outpost on the outskirts of the law where guns and ammunition were traded in exchange for beaver pelts from the Native Americans. You will see financial and historical landmarks such as Wall Street, the New York Stock Exchange, House of Morgan, the Charging Bull, as well as go inside Federal Hall and Trinity Church. At the New York Stock Exchange building, you'll learn how a group of 24 traders wanted to formalize their trading and created the Buttonwood Agreement, which gave birth to the stock exchange. You'll stand at the site of the first terrorist attack on New York City, which remains unsolved to this day.  Walk along Wall Street to 40 Wall Street where your guide will share the story of the Skyscraper Race within the concrete jungle, when two buildings simultaneously being constructed to out-do one another in height takes an surprising turn. Your guide will bring you inside Trinity Church, whose graveyard contains the remains of many great Americans: signers of the Declaration of Independence, and founding Father, Alexander Hamilton and inventor Robert Fulton.  Hear about the political rivalry between Alexander Hamilton and Vice President of the United States Aaron Burr that came to a bloody end. Next, you will have the chance to reflect at the 9/11 Memorial.  Against the peaceful background sounds of the trickling water coming from Reflecting Absence waterfalls, which are built on the actual footprint of the former World Trade Center buildings, your tour guide will give an overview of the events of that day, as well as more emotional and heroic stories of the people who were involved in the attacks and immediate rescue efforts. You'll also learn about the symbolism and design of the memorial itself as well as the new WTC buildings, such as One World Trade. For the last stretch of the tour, walk south down Broadway where you'll see the famous Charging Bull statue, Bowling Green Park, and the Canyon of Heroes. Your tour concludes in Battery Park where your guide will give an overview of our country's immigration history as you stare out the harbor towards the Statue of Liberty. Itinerary includes: New York Stock Exchange Wall StreetFederal HallHouse of MorganTrump BuildingTrinity Church National 9/11 MemorialCanyon of Heroes/Ticker Tape Parade Route Charging Bull Alexander Hamilton Custom House Battery Park and Castle Clinton

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What people are saying about Castle Clinton National Monument

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 5,213 reviews

We enjoyed our trip, especially since it was a beautiful day. The museum was quite interesting and shed much light on the history of the statue. We didn’t get tickets to climb to the pedestal but in retrospect, I wish we had.

You should plan on a full day to see all that is there. Ellis Island has many exhibits that take time. The audio device really is good in that you gain much more information than just reading the information on each display.

Luke was amazing. Super fun and informative! It was so nice to have a great guide, learn history, and not have to worry.

We had a fantastic tour guide called Cherie, she made the whole tour, couldn't recommend her enough!

Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and made the tour interesting as well as fun