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

Statue Cruises17 Battery Place New York, NY 10004
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  • View Lady Liberty up-close and personal.
  • Pedestal access included with ticket.
  • Priority entry into the Boarding Queue.
  • Self-guided tours of Ellis Island Immigration Museum.
  • Ferries depart from Battery Park.
  • Be prepared for airport-style security.
  • Arrive early for fewer crowds.
  • Audio tours are available.
  • Bring a camera.

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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.


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 for the convenience of out-of-town visitors and local residents alike. .

Visiting the Statue of Liberty National Monument and Ellis Island featuring the Wall of Honor is a memorable experience for people from all over the world.

Statue of Liberty Reserve with Pedestal ticket provides:
•Access up to the Fort Wood section of the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty.
•Priority entry into the Boarding Queue which saves you wait time at the departure point.
•Access to the grounds of Liberty Island and Ellis Island.
•Audio Tours of Liberty and Ellis Island included.
Note: Pedestal access is limited and may not be offered during your visit.
Please be aware that the Statue of Liberty pedestal access requires a 215-step climb, with no elevator access.

The Flex ticket gives visitors flexibility in their departure time and date. The ticket is good for one use within 180 days of the date purchased. Pedestal access not included.

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.
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.
16 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!
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
10 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.
Tip: Arrive at least one hour early.

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TripAdvisor Reviews
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valley cottage
"We went to the Statue...we never got inside...Buyer beware-The Pedestal closes at 5 pm"
TripAdvisor user rating 1 out of 5
Reviewed June 26, 2017 NEW
I purchased four tickets for two families to visit the Statue of Liberty in June 2017. I did research on tips for touring the Statue and Ellis Island and brought them with us on the trip. Unfortunately, cruise times for the day we were available were from 3 pm on. I checked the schedule of the cruises on the Statue Cruises website which listed drop off and pick up times at Liberty State Park, Ellis Island and Liberty Island. We were able to get a trip which arrived at Ellis Island at 3:15. We went to the Island of Hope, Island of Tears movie (which was outstanding!) and on a wonderful free tour with a park ranger who was named Doug. I love a man who loves his job and he really does!! As the last vessel off Liberty Island was at 6:45 pm, we caught the vessel at 4:50 from Ellis to Liberty Island. We wanted to accomplish a short visit to the pedestal which we paid for. It had been described as a small museum which I had been to several years ago and we would have liked to have seen it. We arrived and were told that THE PEDESTAL CLOSES AT 5pm and we could not go in even though we had a ticket. My daughter has never been there and was so upset! The next day, I called Statue Cruises as I had already paid for four tickets thinking that perhaps they would issue another set of tickets since the information about the pedestal closing time IS NOT on their website. This was what the National Park Service at the Statue had suggested. What IS on their website is: "If you have 2:00pm tickets or later, you will only have adequate time to go to one of the two islands, whichever you choose". This does not explain WHY you can't see both islands. Statue Cruises were unwilling, in the spirit of customer service, to make this right for my party. Therefore, in the spirit of trying to be helpful to other travelers, I wanted to forewarn any other purchasers of tickets exactly WHY you can't do both islands. Our trip to Ellis Island was amazing and the Statue up close to truly something to see. However, I cannot begin to tell you how disappointing this was to my daughter and to my friend for whom I had bought these tickets as a birthday gift. I also want to be clear that the ferry runs as a well oiled machine and was on time and their staff was professional. I do, however, feel that given the vague information on the website should be corrected. There was no offer to do so when requested, and no offer of any assistance kind other than to repeat what was printed on the website as if I had somehow missed it. The WHY you can't do both islands is an important factoid and a serious miss on the part of Statue Cruises. The only good news is that we live in the NY area and will be able to organize another visit. Can you imagine if we had been coming from another country? I make it a point, when I write for Trip Advisor, to try to be fair and helpful. That's what this website is all about. Its a shame that Statue Cruises does not feel the same way when this problem occurred.
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Tampa, Florida
"Great way to see both the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed June 19, 2017 NEW
I am in a WC and the crew was extremely friendly, helpful, and accommodating. This is the way to see both the sites in one trip. Never had to wait more than a few minutes for the ship to pick us up. Very convenient. Ships have a small concession stand on each floor of the ship, with bathroom facilities on board also
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Geelong, Australia
"Necessary trip, good views"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed June 16, 2017 NEW
Great views of the statue from the water - great weather and queues weren't too bad but I imagine they can be extensivd
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Buenos Aires, Argentina
"Great attraction!"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed June 16, 2017 NEW
From Battery Park until the Statue of Liberty, it´s a great activity to do. Even though I had a bad weather, it´s a must do for everyone who goes to NYC.
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Alicia G
"Great historical activity to do with children "
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed June 15, 2017 NEW
My 6 year old daughter and I did the tour with the visit to the pedestal. We both enjoyed the trip. First we started at liberty state park in jersey city which has lots of American history, there we took amazing photos of the manhattan skyline! From there we got on the boat, climbed all the way to the top of course and went to Ellis island, the boat ride was extremely short. Once we reached Ellis island, we received audio tour hand sticks and what's really cool is they have an adult version and a kid version which is mor engaging. We explored all three floors and shared a few tears. Once we left Ellis island we headed to liberty island with the Statue of Liberty. As expected, it was packed! You have to go through security again. Once inside there are many steps be prepared for that. There is an elevator, however the line is way too long! Overall, it was Ana amazing experience. Afterward we laid down in the grass and just enjoyed life 👌🏼👌🏼
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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 2pm ticket, will I be able to go to both islands?
If you have 2pm or later tickets, you will only have adequate time to go to one of the two islands, whichever you choose.


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.


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.