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

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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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TripAdvisor Reviews
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dianemF1629DC
Toronto, Canada
"Liberty island boat cruise"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed November 14, 2018 NEW
I enjoyed the cruise very much. The tour guide John was funny and very knowledgeable. I only had one complaint is with the tour operator and the lack of correct information online regarding boat cruise hours. I arrived at Battery Park at 1130 am on Saturday November 10th to catch the 1200pm cruise and was advised by the employees that the hours change to winter and weather schedule, instead of hourly as posted online and in the email confirmation that I received the day before I would not have to wait till 1300 pm for the boat. We had to wait 1.5 hours for the next boat in the cold which is not acceptable and unprofessional. I understand that during the winter and for weather isssues the hours for the cruise will change. In this case the site and our confirmation email should have reflected the hours for the cruise from daily on the weekends after 1100 am to every 2 hours. Very poorly organized website.
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WanderlustWriter502
Louisville, Kentucky
"I Don’t Know Why People Say It’s So Bad"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 13, 2018 NEW
After reading all sorts of horrible reviews before my trip, I was already prepared for whatever came my way. Luckily, none of those reviews rang true for me. I ordered my ticket in advance online, so I bypassed the ticket counter. The security process was painless; you put your things in a bucket and go through security, it’s not a big deal. The boat ride was great and the crew was, too.
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michaelpr2016
"Totally underrated"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 11, 2018 NEW
“Go on the Staten Island Ferry it’s cheaper”...”it’s actually a lot smaller in real life”...”you can’t get a decent photo close up”. All of the above are completely incorrect. The best way to really see the Statue is to go to Liberty Island BUT planning is an absolute must. If you want to go up to the Crown you probably have to book six months in advance. If you want to visit the Pedestal on a specific date you probably need to book at least a month in advance, maybe sooner in high season. We booked a Pedestal trip but actually decided against going up in the end. We saw everything we needed to from the Island itself. It’s obviously pretty busy when you get there but if you take your time you get all the views and photos you need.
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KellyM304
Berkley, Michigan
"Ferry Ride to the sights"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed November 07, 2018 NEW
We took the ferry over to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island from Statue Cruises. Buy your tickets from StatueCruises.com as they are cheaper!! Other sites sell them for $25.50 and you can get them on the direct site for the ferry for $18.50. Boats are clean, have bathrooms and snacks. Rides are quick and easy from each location. Plan farther ahead if you want access to the pedestal or crown, as I booked a month out and there were none of those available.
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natalieytan
"Pro Tip: Be prepared & book online for pedestal tickets in advanced"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed November 06, 2018 NEW
Statue cruises is apparently the only legit way to get to liberty island and it is amazing to go up to see lady liberty up close. The big caveat is that you really have to be organised & prepared to make the most out of your time and money! Tips: 1. Book online and reserve your ticket in advance. You will have a much shorter queue to pick up your tickets, and save hours of waiting in line! 2. Book online and reserve a PEDESTAL ticket. Both the pedestal and basic tickets are the same price (18.50), but with the pedestal ticket you get so much more - access to the museum, access to the fort, access to the pedestal of statue of liberty. 3. CROWN tickets require you to book online months in advance, but even if you can't get this, the pedestal tickets were an amazing experience for me. With the pedestal tickets you get to see: - the original torch of lady liberty - the museum which has very cool exhibits, is really well done & you truly get a sense of appreciation of the craft that went into making the statue - access to the fort (great vantage points for photos) and the pedestal If you carry a backpack or food, you will need to rent a locker to place them in before going to the pedestal. We didn't need to carry those things on the day we went, so we avoided the extra locker fee. Overall the experience truly is fantastic, especially if you are organised to get the pedestal tickets. The rangers on the island were very helpful. However, I cannot give it the full 5 stars, knowing that there is a distinct difference in experience for the same price depending on how you organised your tickets.
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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.