Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island Tour in New York, NY

Statue Cruises17 Battery Place New York, NY 10004
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Overview

When visiting NYC, you must make a stop at Lady Liberty and Ellis Island. This one-of-a-kind Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island tour offers multiple departures throughout the day in addition to unparalleled views. Tour guests receive access to the grounds of Liberty Island and Ellis Islands along with in-depth audio narration throughout the experience.

Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our New York Travel Experts
  • Ferries depart from Battery Park or New Jersey.
  • Be prepared for airport-style security.
  • Arrive early for fewer crowds.
  • Audio tours are available.
  • Bring a camera.
  • View Lady Liberty up-close and personal.
  • Self-guided tours of Ellis Island Immigration Museum.

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It is helpful to have $1 bills handy for lockers at security since backpacks are not allowed at the Statue of Liberty.

Description

from Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island
No visit to the New York City area is complete without a trip the world’s most famous landmarks – the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. Statue Cruises offers departures throughout the day from New York or Jersey for the convenience of out-of-town visitors and local residents alike.

Visiting the Statue of Liberty National Monument and Ellis Island Immigration Museum is a memorable experience for people from all over the world. Today, the statue is visited by millions of people a year and continues to remain an icon for freedom as well as a welcoming symbol to immigrants arriving to America.

Statue of Liberty Flex ticket provides:
  • Round trip ferry service.
  • Access to the grounds of the Statue of Liberty National Monument.
  • Access to the grounds of Ellis Island.
  • Audio Tours of Liberty and Ellis Island included.


Departure points are located in The Battery at the southern tip of Manhattan in New York or Liberty State Park in Jersey City. Ferries depart from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. approximately every 20-35 minutes. All guests must go through a mandatory airport grade security screening prior to boarding the ferry vessel.

Audio tours are included with every ticket purchase. The Audio Tours are available for the Statue of Liberty National Monument and Ellis Island. The Audio Tour is available in different languages including Arabic, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, Russian and Spanish.

Reserve New York City Customer Reviews

3 Reviews
David Stutzman
Urbanna, VA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Wonderful for Foreign Student, Inspiring for US Citizens"
July, 2016
We took our exchange student trip on a trip around NY, PA & VA. She was very impressed with the Statue of Liberty, not so much with Ellis Island. For us, Ellis Island was more emotional. Our print at home tickets were excellent and got us directly onto the boats. We really liked the efficiency and friendliness of the crews and the flexibility of no fixed time to board. Overall, an excellent deal, but we didn't plan ahead far enough to get pedestal or crown tickets.
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Tip: Order tickets at least six weeks or more in advance to get pedestal or crown tickets. Print tickets at home for better flexability!

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Megan A.
18 Reviews
"A must do for visiting the Statue of Liberty!"
May, 2016
We went in April at a 10am time, they were so busy from Spring Break. Luckily, we bought our tickets in advance and avoided a massive line. I would highly suggest reserving a specific time before you arrive. You have to go through what seems like airport security to board the boat. They have beverages and snacks on the enclosed lower deck for purchase and an upper open deck for better views. If your boarding from the NY side, they go to the Statue of Liberty first.. then Ellis Island. If you can reserve the Pedestal or Crown tickets, do so. You have to go through security again to get into the pedestal. This is certainly a full day experience to see both islands. I had no idea the museum and all things to look at Ellis Island would be so big, be prepared to walk. This is a must do if you have never been!
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Tip: Purchase tickets online to avoid massive lines. It takes a full day to experience everything on both islands. You can take the subway to get there.

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Reserve New York City Customer
14 Reviews
"Amazing Visit!"
May, 2016
We went on a very cold and windy day. The lines were long but they moved very quickly. We had plenty of photo opportunities. It was a short ride from to the Statue and then other short ride to Ellis Island.
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Tip: Arrive at least one hour early.

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Margaret I
"excellent trip"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed May 23, 2018 NEW
We recently visited these 2 iconic sights during a few days in NYC with a joint ferry/attraction ticket. We booked our tickets in advance (from the UK) and we only experienced short queues to board the ferry and pass security checkpoints. All the staff we met were cheerful, courteous and helpful. The only drawback was the wait for the lift to the pedestal at the Statue of Liberty for those who were unable to walk up 195 steps (lots of people waiting could have walked up !!). The exhibition on Ellis Island was well laid out , informative and poignant.. Overall we had a great day and it was well worth the entrance/ferry fee. All in all we found good organisation.
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joolz42
Ontario
"Never Again"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed May 22, 2018 NEW
Apparently the people in charge of organizational management don’t understand the job. Be prepared to wait in line for 1-2 hours, which I can understand due to the number of people wishing to visit the island, before being herded into a giant corral with mass confusion as everyone tries to enter a single door to security, then are pushed into “not single file, fill in the gaps” except once you do, you can’t get on the ferry as the walkway isn’t as wide as the herding area so the side people need to squeeze into the middle anyway. Someone needs to figure out a better, more organized way to handle the crowds. The island wander was interesting, but not interesting enough to convince me to go through the mass confusion of entering ever again.
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Fairplay4all2
London, United Kingdom
"Hard work"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed May 21, 2018 NEW
What nobody tells you is that the queues are loooooong If you booked tickets in advance or not (book tickets in advance the queue is shorter). The boat trip goes to statue of liberty then on to Ellis island. Be prepared to wait a long time and possibly in the sun (sunscreen + hat essential) everyone rushes to the top deck so don’t expect a seat - it’s pot luck what you get / where you sit due to the long security queues. The staff selling food apart from in the lower deck shop are unhelpful and generally surly (nyc style) and close a lot when the boat isn’t moving. Overall a must do BUT be prepared to be herded like cattle and prepare for sunny days.
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Lyn K
Chicago, Illinois
"Very well run tour"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed May 17, 2018 NEW
Recommend that you pre-purchase tickets with a scheduled time. It saved us a lot of time in lines. The tour was well run and all crew delightful.
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Pongtorn K
Bangkok, Krung Thep, Thailand
"Visit you should not miss !"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed May 16, 2018 NEW
Advanced booking is the must of you do not have enough time to wait 2 hours.........Nut be prepared for confusing que and poorly managed line.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island

How do I redeem the E-ticket?
The admission tickets can be picked up at the office Will Call window (at either the New Jersey or New York ticket office) by the ticket purchaser. You can tell them the confirmation number (separate number than the Reserve Direct order number) or present the E-ticket provided, must present a valid Government Issued Photo ID.

Are Pets allowed on the ferry or in the park?
No. Pets are prohibited from using the ferry system and being on Liberty and Ellis Islands. However, documented service/assist animals are exempt from this policy. Please contact Statue Cruises.

Where do the ferries depart from?
The ferries depart from Battery Park in New York or Liberty State Park in New Jersey.

If I take the ferry from one side, must I return on that side?
No. You may depart from and return to different locations. Be sure to use the appropriate boarding location at each island. Once you disembark on the other side, you will not be able to board the ferries back to your original departure location. However, you can take the Liberty Landing Ferry between Liberty State Park and Manhattan for an additional fee.

What languages are available for the audio tours?
The Audio Tours are available for the Statue of Liberty National Monument and Ellis Island. The Audio Tour is available in different languages including Arabic, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, Russian and Spanish.

Are backpacks and food permitted inside the Statue of Liberty?
No. Before accessing the Pedestal and Crown areas of the Statue, all visitors with backpacks, food and drinks must place these items in key-secured visitor lockers. Lockers are located and can be rented in the security tent area for a nominal fee.

Are wheelchairs available for rental?
A limited number of wheelchairs are available for use on a first-come, first-served basis for no fee from the National Park Service. An identification card with a photo is needed to obtain one while visiting the island. Park staff are available to assist visitors at the information desk. There are no wheelchairs at the departure locations or onboard the vessels.

Do I need to purchase a separate ferry ticket if I want to go to Ellis Island as well?
No, our boats run to both Liberty Island and Ellis Island; no additional ticket purchase is necessary. The ferry ticket provides round trip transportation to, from, and between the islands throughout the day but is not valid for reentry once a visitor disembarks at either the New Jersey or New York.

Can minors visit unaccompanied by an adult?
All minors (17 and under) must be accompanied by a responsible adult 25 years old or older. If they arrive without an adult, they may be denied entrance into the park.

Children under 4 are free, but do I still need a reservation for them?
No. You may bring your children up to 4 years of age and they do not need a ticket to board the ferry.

I have a 2:00 pm ticket, will I be able to go to both islands?
If you have 2:00 pm or later tickets, you will only have adequate time to go to one of the two islands, whichever you choose.

ELLIS ISLAND

What programs are available at Ellis Island?
American Immigrant Wall of Honor - For families who choose to honor a member of their family by having their name etched in the external wall outside of Ellis Island.

Can I visit other buildings on the Island?
Visitors will have limited access the Ellis Island featuring the American Immigrant Wall of Honor.

Can people visit Ellis Island other than by ferry boat?
No, public access to Ellis Island is only via ferry boat operated by Statue Cruises. The docking of private vessels is strictly prohibited. The bridge to Ellis Island is not open to the public and is available to authorized personnel only.

How long do I need to visit Ellis Island?
The tour is self-guided and self-paced. The time spent on each Island is entirely up to the visitor and what they wish to view while visiting. Generally, one hour to two hours are enough time to visit Ellis Island. Ferries depart from Ellis Island approximately every 20 minutes.

Do I need a reservation to visit Ellis Island?
No. Your Reserve Ticket grants you access to Ellis Island.

Can I get a tour?
Ranger-guided tours are offered to the public on a first-come, first-served basis and cannot be reserved. Program listings are posted each day on program boards at Battery Park, Liberty State Park and at the Ellis Island information desk and are available dependent upon staffing levels.
Audio tours for the Statue of Liberty National Monument and Ellis Island are provided with every ticket purchase and provide a wonderful enhancement to your visit.

Are there storage facilities at Ellis Island?
No. Visitors must carry and keep personal possessions with them at all times.

If I’m using a car to get to the ferry, is parking available?
Ferries depart from Battery Park in New York City and from Liberty State Park in Jersey City, New Jersey. We strongly recommend visitors travelling by auto or bus to use the ample car and bus parking at the ferry area in Liberty State Park in New Jersey. Parking at Liberty State Park is $7 per car. Although private parking garages may be available to you near Battery Park in New York City, parking is usually very limited and can be costly.

LIBERTY ISLAND

Is the Crown included with my admission ticket?
No, this is a separate ticket type that we do not offer. Crown tickets book up far in advance.

What other programs are available at Liberty Island?
There are many scenic views for photos and guided tour opportunities. Liberty Island Ranger Tours are free outdoor tours which provide the opportunity to learn more about the history of Liberty Island and the Statue. Liberty Island Junior Ranger Programs are self-paced activities documented in a book on both Islands. Audio tours for the Statue of Liberty National Monument provide a wonderful enhancement to your visit and are especially useful for those with limited time.

Is the Statue of Liberty on Ellis Island?
No, there are two separate islands, Liberty Island and Ellis Island. The Statue of Liberty is on Liberty Island.