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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danielh318
Vacaville, California
"Must Do Crown - Get Advance Tickets Online"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed September 17, 2018 NEW
Subway to/from Battery Park from downtown Manhattan a breeze. Simple walk across park led right to castle for "will call." Get tickets in advance for crown. They sell out quickly. Considering other NY attractions price more than reasonable (senior discount available) Security line simple--boarding was easy. Ship was noticeably clean. Snacks and drinks available on board. We were amazed at how efficient the entire process went given the large number of passengers. Walk to the crown was tedious (about 200 steps--some no wider than 19 inches in a very compact space) but well worth the effort. Close to 9/11 memorial by subway (7 day pass for $32--no senior discount unless written application submitted in advance).
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Paul G
Kirkcudbright, United Kingdom
"Cruise down the Hudson River"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed September 16, 2018 NEW
We had visited The Statue of Liberty the previous day but wanted to take a river cruise and see some of Manhattan and the Statue again (never get tired of seeing her) The cruise was really pleasant and the gentle breeze out on deck was very refreshing from the high humidity we were experiencing. The captain was very informative during the cruise and pointed out and described buildings to us. This made the cruise both helpful, relaxing and refreshing. The statue being the main reason I was able to take more photos of her along with Manhattans buildings. Recommended for anyone wanting to take a break from all the walking you will do in New York.
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Linda B
Perth, Australia
"Stressful"
TripAdvisor user rating 2 out of 5
Reviewed September 15, 2018 NEW
If you want to be herded like cattle and yelled at, this is the cruise for you! I understand thousands are trying to get to Liberty Island and everyone has to go through security (though once you’re through, anyone could hand you anything over the fence) but they need more services to deal with the demand. Dread to think what it’s like during the heat of summer because it was stifling and uncomfortable in 77° heat causing one woman to collapse. I’ve done it, seen it, you couldn’t pay me to do it again.
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VodkaQueenNL
Zwolle, The Netherlands
"Perfect! Helpful personnel as well!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed September 15, 2018 NEW
We took this cruise as part of our Sightseeing Pass. It was no problem to queue and get the passes scanned for the tickets. We went to the security area, we didn't have long to wait and then we went onto the boat which took about 20 minutes to get to the statue. The boat is quite sturdy. I suffer from sea sickness, but even this was quite a journey for me. We spent about 40 minutes at the statue. Phone signal is a little poor, I wanted to call a couple of relatives to share the moment with them. As it is on an island, it was to be expected that the signal was poor. But I managed to get through to them and they were happy that we thought of them at that moment. We couldn't get tickets for the pedestal or crown - these sell out 6 months in advance. We got another boat to Ellis Island, but on the way, my husband fell ill and needed to get back to the hotel for his medication. There was no way he could walk round the building on Ellis Island, so we decided to wait for the boat again. It is a beautiful building though. As we made our way back to the ticket office area, my husband used the restroom and then discovered his mobile phone was missing. He remembered having it on the boat back, so it definitely wasn't on one of the islands. I went to the souvenir shop and they said they couldn't help as they were not connected to the cruise itself. I then decided to see if the boat was still there, which it was, so I asked a police officer who then got a boat personnel to help me. He checked with the staff on board and they had indeed found the phone! Thank goodness there are still good people out there! I thanked the staff graciously and we made our way back to the hotel. A great day out and I hope we can come back again to check out the pedestal, the crown and Ellis Island.
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Christine S
San Jose, California
"Easy Peasy"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed September 10, 2018 NEW
Statue Cruises made seeing Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty such an easy experience for an out of towner. If you follow the directions on your ticket (we ordered online beforehand) then getting through security and on your ship was a breeze. It is definitely easier in the mornings when there are less people but the boat rides are so short it’s not a huge deal. I had read online the boats made a lot of people seasick while docked but this wasn’t the case at all with my husband or myself. He gets easily seasick so he was the real test but I think we both got that on the Alcatraz ferry more than this one. Maybe it wasn’t a choppy day on the water, who knows? The statue of liberty was of course a highlight of our trip. Ellis Island was a must see as well but I didn’t get as much out of it as I did at the statue. It could’ve been the heat or the fact that the day had drained us by the time we got to the island but it didn’t seem like there was much to see in terms of physical artifacts; there was a lot more reading which doesn’t engage me as much. However, you have to see both because they go so well together in the story of immigration and freedom in America.
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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.