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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: 1-Hour Cruise Around Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island

2. NYC: 1-Hour Cruise Around Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island

Take a 60-minute boat ride to within 100 feet of the Statue of Liberty. Cruise right under the Brooklyn Bridge and see the most famous skyline in the world. Your live English guide will point out the sites as you journey along the river including the Empire State Building, the new Freedom Tower, the Manhattan Bridge, Governor's Island, and more. Make use of both the indoor and outdoor seating, along with large open windows for your viewing pleasure. Get within touching distance of "Lady Liberty" and then move on to Ellis Island to take photos of the famous entry point to New York City. Marvel at the skyline of Manhattan and its famous skyscrapers, including the new One World Trade Center. Glide down both the east and west sides of Lower Manhattan on this roundtrip cruise, and purchase drinks and food from the concession stand aboard the boat. 

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

3. 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: Circle Line Harbor Lights Cruise Skip-The-Box-Office

4. NYC: Circle Line Harbor Lights Cruise Skip-The-Box-Office

Experience New York at sunset on a cruise of the harbor, and take in all the sights and lights of Manhattan aboard a climate-controlled boat. Grab your friends, family, and coworkers - or even a random stranger - and embark on an unforgettable journey of the harbor with "Lady Liberty" keeping watch. With a drink in your hand, purchased from the fully stocked bar, feel the breeze on your face and be mesmerized by the shimmering skyline. Get endless photo opportunities to make you an Instagram star as you sail past legendary attractions such as the Statue of Liberty and get perfect views of the Freedom Tower - One World Trade Center, Empire State Building, Pier 54 (Titanic Pier), Battery Park, and more. See where millions of immigrants were processed when they arrived in America at Ellis Island, cruise past Governors Island, the South Street Seaport, and Brooklyn Bridge. Marvel at unrivaled views of the Manhattan Bridge, Williamsburg Bridge, and Chrysler Building, and discover the East Village, United Nations Building, and USS Intrepid Pier from a different perspective. 

New York: Pier 36 Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island Cruise

5. New York: Pier 36 Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island Cruise

Enjoy views of famous landmarks on the Manhattan skyline during a 60-minute roundtrip sightseeing cruise by boat. Depart from Pier 36 right under the Brooklyn Bridge then travel toward South Street Seaport and Battery Park. Get up close to within 100 feet of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island for the most incredible photos opportunities. Admire views of One World Trade Center, the Empire State Building, the Brooklyn Bridge, Battery Park, and more. Make the most of the full cash bar with snacks and drinks available to purchase onboard.

NYC: Macy's 4th of July Fireworks Display Dinner Cruise

6. NYC: Macy's 4th of July Fireworks Display Dinner Cruise

Celebrate Independence Day New York style on a 2-story boat with an outdoor deck area. Admire views of Manhattan’s skyline and landmarks being lit up by Macy’s annual 4th of July fireworks. Enjoy a buffet dinner with unlimited non-alcoholic drinks, a live DJ, and toys for the children. The cruise departs from Pier 36 and passes under the Manhattan and Brooklyn bridges. On your right, views of City Hall, the Woolworth Building, South Street Seaport, the Lower Manhattan Skyline, and Wall Street. On your left, the districts of DUMBO and Brooklyn Heights. Pass by Governors Island at the southern tip of Manhattan with panoramic views of the whole of Lower Manhattan. Admire by the Freedom Tower, the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere, as well as views up the Hudson River to Hudson Yards. After passing Ellis Island, Liberty Island and the Statue of Liberty come into view. The boat will pause so you can take photos from the boat with this Iconic symbol of America before it makes its way to the best viewing point for the fireworks. During the cruise, and before the fireworks (which usually start around 9 PM), you can enjoy appetizers and food from the buffet stations. Unlimited non-alcoholic drinks are also included, as well as coffee, tea, and water. Alcoholic drinks are available from the cash bar. Enjoy front-row seats for the Macy’s fireworks display, the largest fireworks show in the United States. Once the fireworks display is over, the boat will make its way back to the meeting point. Menu (may be subject to change): • Assorted appetizers • Taco station • Pasta station • Sliders (burgers and chicken) • Sausage station • Vegetarian station • 4th of July inspired dessert station

New York City: Brunch, Lunch, or Dinner Buffet River Cruise

7. New York City: Brunch, Lunch, or Dinner Buffet River Cruise

See the sights of New York City from onboard the Spirit of New York with a cruise on the East and Hudson Rivers. Enjoy an al-fresco buffet dining experience sailing through the Big Apple. While boarding the vessel at Chelsea Piers you will be personally greeted and your picture will be taken by the ship's photographer to capture the memory. After being seated at your private outdoor table, enjoy your brunch, lunch, or dinner buffet consisting of creative meals prepared fresh daily. While you feast, listen to tunes by an onboard DJ. After your meal, watch the skyscrapers of New York City's distinctive skyline glide by. Sample Brunch Menu: Early Riser • Breakfast pastries • Scrambled eggs • Breakfast meats • Breakfast potatoes Late Riser • Field green salad • Kale quinoa salad • Green goddess pasta salad • Honey sesame chicken • Oven-roasted whitefish • Root vegetable fricassee • Roasted broccoli Dessert • Cakes• Brownies• Seasonal fruit Sample Lunch/Dinner Buffet Menu: Salads • Organic mixed field greens • Organic spinach and kale salad • Green bean salad • Kidney bean, black bean, and chickpea salad • Red beetroot salad • Bow tie pasta salad • Vegetables, potatoes, and pasta • Roasted broccoli florets • Creamed corn and cheddar cheese casserole • Baked ziti pasta • Mashed potatoes Entrees • Oven-baked Atlantic flounder filet • Honey and sesame chicken • Italian beef meatballs • Braised beef short ribs (dinner only) Desserts • Seasonal fruit • Raspberry mousse • Lemon pound cake and fresh strawberries • Coconut vanilla cake • Carrot cake • Red velvet and chocolate chip brownie (dinner only)

NYC: Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, and 9/11 Memorial Tour

8. NYC: Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, and 9/11 Memorial Tour

Visit over 12 top downtown NYC attractions with this special access ticket and tour. Save time and see more: Statue of Liberty, Museum Access, Ellis Island, 9/11 Memorial, Wall Street, New York Stock Exchange, Charging Bull, Federal Hall, Federal Reserve Bank, Trinity Church, Fearless Girl, and more. Meet your guide in the Financial District to learn about the history of NYC, the early Dutch settlement and how it transformed to the financial capital today. As you walk along Wall Street, you’ll see the New York Stock Exchange, Federal Reserve Bank and other financial and historical institutions. Next stop is the 9/11 National Memorial where you’ll see the enormous reflecting pools, the largest man-made fountains. You’ll hear stories of the events, tragedy and heroism of that day. The guide will take you directly to the Reserve ticket line where you will get priority boarding to the ferry that will take you to Liberty Island. Before sending on your way to Liberty Island, your guide will tell you the key things to check out on Liberty and Ellis Island as well as share the amazing stories of America immigration and the story behind the Statue of Liberty. It is a better experience to explore the Liberty and Ellis Island at your own pace after you are given the history and the key sites to check out. You decide where you’d like to spend more time – whether it is to learn the history and construction of the Statue, admire the views of NYC or look for your ancestors’ names on Ellis Island. As you sail to the island you’ll see the amazing NYC skyline. Get those cameras ready for amazing views of Lady Liberty and NYC. Once on Liberty Island, there are handheld audio guide (available in 9 different languages) you can use while exploring the islands and museums. 8:45: Meet expert guide outside the fence of 24 Broad Street 9:00: Guided tour of Wall Street and the Financial District 10:00: Guided tour of the 9/11 Memorial 11:00: Board Statue Cruises ferry for Liberty and Ellis Island -  Audio Guide available on Liberty Island

NYC: Circle Line Speedboat Skip the Box Office Ticket

9. NYC: Circle Line Speedboat Skip the Box Office Ticket

Tour New York Harbor in the Beast, a jet powered, custom-built, 70-foot, off shore racing power boat that bursts with energy as it leaves all others in its wake! Your captain will take you up to speeds of 45mph on a spin down to the Statue of Liberty. It's New York's very own thrill ride, a wet n' wild adventure through New York Harbor that will require you to hold onto your hat for 30 fun-filled minutes. You will soar past the city’s legendary skyline and skyscrapers at a heart-pounding rate. Pause for a close-up of the Statue of Liberty, regain your breath, and then set off again on the return journey to Pier 83.

New York City: Sunset Boat Cruise to Statue of Liberty

10. New York City: Sunset Boat Cruise to Statue of Liberty

Embark on a scenic boat cruise at sunset around the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, and Brooklyn Bridge. First, travel to the Statue of Liberty. Continue towards Ellis Island, where you have the opportunity to take photos of the famous entry point to New York City with the sunset in the background. Take in views of the Manhattan skyline and its famous skyscrapers, including the One World Trade Center, while cruising along the east and west side of Lower Manhattan. Your guide can provide additional information about the sites while you view the Empire State Building, Manhattan Bridge, Governor's Island, and more from the boat.

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What people are saying about Statue of Liberty Museum

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 9,882 reviews

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.

Fabulous, on time and everyone able to get a photo with the Statue of Liberty from wherever you were. totally recommend for a lovely short cruise around.

It was a great day to take my family on a quick cruise. No bells and whistles but we had a nice time. The music was very fitting for the occasion.

Amazing views, quick and easy access and multiple levels for views. It’s an amazing experience and view of the New York Skyline!

We just love it so much !!!!!!!!!!! You have TO DO IT.