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.

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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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Anonymous
"Great time"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed May 21, 2017 NEW
We had a great time on this cruise to the Statue of Liberty. Very informative. Very nice boat with restrooms and a snack bar.
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NTink2
New York City, New York
"Not as busy in January"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed May 13, 2017 NEW
We lucked out with weather during our visit, and we didn't have to stand in line for hours. Short lines, orderly security process, quick ride across the harbor, and helpful staff. Signs for boat destinations were clearly marked.
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Sharky2-1956
Sydney, Australia
"Our New York adventure"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed May 10, 2017 NEW
You can't go to New York without seeing the Statue of Liberty, everyone says so. And they are right. You need to go to Battery Park and inside Fort Clinton to get your tickets if you haven't booked on line which I suggest you do. If not you have a long wait in the mornings. In addition you will probably not get pedestal tickets and definitely won't get crown tickets. The cruise boats are large and have indoor and outdoor areas although you may have difficulty getting a seat. In any event you get a great view of the lady as they sail past to dock. Once docked you can walk around the base of the Statue for various photo opportunities. There are no food shops available but there is a gift shop. Once done you board your cruise to Ellis Island. A stop here is well worth your while as you see how immigrants were treated in the early years. Overall a great tour.
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Derbylou21
"Very enjoyable"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed May 07, 2017 NEW
Could not fault statue Cruises . I booked tickets online , which I suggest is a must , save you standing in the queues . Friendly staff
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khoughton4
Buffalo, New York
"Enjoyed our trip!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed April 30, 2017 NEW
We had a great experience with Statue Cruises out of Battery Park. Once you get past the folks trying to sell you tickets to somewhere when you get off of the subway, you'll meet the very helpful Statue Cruises staff. We were early for our boarding, and the attendant told us exactly when to be back to get in line. Wherever we went in the boarding area, folks were helpful. Nice clean bathrooms too! Definitely recommend!
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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.

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.