Guided tour

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

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

Activity provider: Walks - US
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From US$ 63 per person

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.

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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 640 reviews

Review summary

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Our tour guide Sherie was very knowledgeable, and the background she presented about everything we saw was so helpful throughout the rest of my trip to NYC, as she related several things about the city back to Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty. I highly recommend doing a guided tour rather than a self-guided one because of all the background information provided.

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May 6, 2022

We couldn’t find parking because our vehicle was too big so we missed the ferry ride because of that and when we called to ask if we could just get on another ferry over there they said no, even though if you pay for a ferry ride you can use it at anytime any day within a week of buying it. Just because we bought your ticket ferry rides. We paid $130 for those tickets. We showed up to the ferry anyways and thank God they let us on. Super long lines, crowded ferry ride but at the end of the day worth it. I got to walk the halls by grandpa’s grandpa walked when we came through Ellis island.

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April 10, 2022

Cheri’, our Tour Guide was congenial, interesting, knowledgeable and very well spoken; she was just a joy and we were so fortunate to have her guidance! We had a spectacular day and we’re so happy we chose this type of tour vs going on our own. Post Covid restrictions once the Statue & Crown are open, we’ll go once again and hope Cheri’ will once again be our guide❣️

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April 2, 2022

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