Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island & 9/11 Memorial & Museum Tour in New York, NY

Walks of New York Pier A Harbor HouseNew York, NY 10004
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Overview

Offering a visit to three of New York City’s most iconic landmarks and attractions, the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island and 9/11 Memorial & Museum Tour provides a unique experience for guests of all ages. Guests can enjoy learning about the historic statue, seeing the gateway that brought more than 12 million immigrants to the U.S., and remembering those lost during the 9/11 terrorist attack.

Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our New York Travel Experts
  • Guided group tour.
  • Avoid long-lines with pre-arranged tickets.
  • Wear comfortable shoes.
  • Tour duration: 8 - 8.5 hours.
  • Statue of Liberty visit includes special statue pedestal access.
  • Local guides give insight into Ellis Island and 9/11 Memorial.

Description

from Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island And 9/11 Memorial & Museum Tour
Take an early ferry to Liberty Island (arriving before the crowds!) for a guided tour with special statue pedestal access.

Enjoy a guided tour of historic Ellis Island immigration center and museum, following in the footsteps of 12 million immigrants.
Visit the 9/11 Memorial and surrounding areas (including St. Paul’s Cathedral), learning about the tragic events of that infamous day from a local perspective.

With pre-arranged tickets at the 9/11 Memorial Museum, you’ll avoid long lines. Because this space is so well curated (and best enjoyed in peace) we’ll leave you to enjoy it on your own.

With a well-planned itinerary, pre-reserved tickets and special access to the ferry, we’ve thought of everything – so you can relax and enjoy your time with our expert local tour guides.

As home to two of NYC’s most important sites – the Statue of Liberty & the 9/11 Memorial and Museum – Lower Manhattan is high on the priority list of most visitors. Get the most from your time in the Big Apple on our full-day, Complete Lower Manhattan Tour, a combination of our 9/11 Tour and our Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island tour (but at a lower price), with expert local guides and small groups of only 20 people or fewer.

Our day starts early, at Battery Park. With priority boarding, you’ll be one of the first people aboard one of the first boats to Liberty Island. Snag the best seats for a stunning ride across the water and get to know your guide a little. Once docked, they’ll lead you on a tour of the island and on to the great lady of NYC – the Statue of Liberty. During your guided tour, you’ll enjoy special access to the statue pedestal, allowing you to get closer to the statue than general access visitors. All the better to admire her beauty!

It’s back aboard the ferry then for the short ride to Ellis Island. Here you’ll be particularly grateful for your expert guide as they lead you through the immigration process undergone by 12 million new arrivals. Walk the Stairs of Separation and get a feel for how it must have felt for lovers and families as they awaited their fate – and the start of a new life in the land of the free.

Your guide will walk you through the fantastic exhibits of the Ellis Island Museum, answering any questions you may have. This is where the first part of your tour ends, and with 2-2.5 hours before the next leg of our Lower Manhattan journey, you have plenty of time to spare. Spend a little while more on Ellis Island if you like, before hopping on the ferry back to Battery Park (included in the price) and getting lunch on your way to the meeting point for our afternoon activity – a complete 9/11 tour.

Rather than just visiting the memorial and museum, we want to offer you a full picture of what happened on that terrible day from a local perspective. With a local guide on hand you’ll learn how it impacted the community (and the rest of the world), and how hard NYC fought to get back on its feet.

With that in mind, we start not at the 9/11 Memorial itself, but at St. Paul’s Chapel. This is where people gathered after the attack to await news of their loved ones, to mourn, pray and offer support. The walls here are still covered in touching handmade memorials, reminding visitors that 9/11 wasn’t just a huge global and political event, but a crippling personal tragedy for thousands of New Yorkers.

Next we’ll visit Brookfield Place (previously known as the World Financial Center) where you’ll learn about the massive economic effects that the 9/11 attacks had. We’ll see the Eleven Tears Memorial, a touching and personal memorial, which commemorates the 11 American Express employees that died in 9/11; plus the stunning Winter Garden atrium.

Your guide will take you next to the official 9/11 Memorial and the two Memorial Pools, each one built in the footprint of one of the towers and inscribed with the names of victims. You’ll visit the Fireman’s Memorial and learn of the endless courage of those who worked around the clock for days to save the victims of the attack – often at the cost of their own lives. The Survivor Tree is another poignant site you may have missed on your own. Don’t worry, with our expert local guides on hand, you won’t miss a beat.

The last site on our tour, the 9/11 Memorial Museum, is wonderfully curated, with artifacts salvaged from the attack and harrowing personal stories. We’ve found that it’s best to visit on your own, as the displays can be quite emotional, but do we have a parting gift. We’ve pre-reserved your tickets so you don’t have to waste time waiting in lines here.

With all the details taken care of throughout the day, our Lower Manhattan Tour takes the hassle out of navigating NYC’s two busiest attractions. And with small groups and an expert local guide, you’re guaranteed to get so much more from these special experiences.

  • Please note that guests will need to pass through airport style security to enter the 9/11 Museum. Certain items are not permitted in the Museum and such items will be confiscated and will not be returned. Please refer to 9/11 Museum's guidelines on specifically prohibited items.

  • Museum entry is at 5:00 pm and non-guided. An average visit takes approximately two hours.

  • Please note the ferry does not operate during heavy rain or other adverse weather conditions; when this occurs, an alternative option is provided.

  • St Paul's Chapel is closed on Tuesdays & Thursdays for renovations for the foreseeable future and may also be closed on other dates. On the days when St. Paul's Chapel is closed, we will tour the grounds and substitute our inside visit for additional sites important to the events of 9/11 but not normally covered on the tour.

Reserve New York City Customer Reviews

Barbara Ballow
1 Review
"Great tour"
June, 2016
Derrick was our guide. He is very knowledgeable about the history as well as the things you are seeing. We had two teens with us. If I were to do it again I probably would leave the 911 Memorial for another day. Not enough time to explore Ellis Island and a lot of walking in one day. But it was an excellent tour. Would book with them again.
Tip: Make sure what the weather is going to do. It was chilly and rained, we did not have a jacket nor umbrella.

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Laura M
"New York in a Day"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed August 15, 2017 NEW
We did the "New York in a Day" walking tour with Rob on Saturday and it was fantastic! We saw many of the NYC iconic sites all the while getting a history lesson. Although it was a long day if felt like it went by in a flash and we were able to cover a lot of ground. Our small group size also made for a relaxed and personalized experience. Rob was informative, funny, and a joy to spend the day with. We had a great time and would highly recommend this tour and Rob in particular!
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sarchii2017
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
"Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island Walking tour"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed August 10, 2017 NEW
My family and I took a walking tour of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. Our tour guide Uncle Jeffrey was the best. He was knowledgeable, passionate about the subject and made the tour meaningful and left a lasting impression. If you take this tour, ask for uncle Jeffrey.
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Noresevations
Dallas, Texas
"Uncle Jeffrey is great"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed August 09, 2017 NEW
Very patient, friendly tour. Tour started with information about trip, highlights. He even gave advice on best photographic places. Overall, I highly recommend the tour and tour guide.
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Cheryl C
"Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island tour"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed July 31, 2017 NEW
Can't say enough nice things about our tour guide "Uncle Jeffrey". He was knowledgeable, friendly, funny and what a great voice! Our tour's gain was Broadway's loss. Both sites were remarkable and historical and a must see for everyone.
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Teresa D
"NYC In A Day including Empire State Building Statue of Liberty West Village and Wall Street"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed July 28, 2017 NEW
I decided to book this tour NYC IN A DAY because it already included tickets to the Empire State Building. One less thing for me to arrange for our limited stay in NYC. This was the best decision I made, because our tour guide Rob was amazingly informative and engaging!!! In spite of the super hot weather that day (in the 90’s), our group thoroughly enjoyed walking around and looking at sites while Rob gave vivid descriptions of the history, art, culture, social relevance, and funny little-known anecdotes. He was also perceptive and tailored his talks to our interests. We left the tour with much more knowledge and appreciation of NYC. I highly recommend this tour! Make sure to ask for Rob.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island And 9/11 Memorial & Museum Tour

How long is the tour?
The tour is about 8 to 8.5 hours long.

What should I wear for the tour?
Since the tour involves a considerable amount of walking, we ask that guests wear comfortable walking shoes and weather appropriate clothing.

Do the tickets include entry to the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, and the 9/11 Memorial and Museum tour?
Yes. All tour guests have the privilege of skipping the long lines into the attractions.