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Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island - Exclusive Guided Tour

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Experience the rich history of American immigration on this exclusive guided tour of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. Step into the shoes of over 12 million foreigners who sought opportunities in the New World as you explore these iconic New York landmarks. Begin at Battery Park, one of Manhattan's oldest parts, and learn about the country's first immigration center at Castle Garden Immigration Station. Board a ferry to Liberty Island, where the Statue of Liberty stands tall, a symbol of freedom and hope. Discover the fascinating stories behind its creation and the contributions of renowned architect Gustave Eiffel. Then, cross the water to Ellis Island, where millions of European newcomers once passed through. Visit the museum, walk the Wall of Honor, and commemorate the countless immigrants who shaped America. This 3-hour tour is a powerful way to connect with history and celebrate the resilience of the human spirit.

About this experience

  • Free Cancellation For a full refund cancel at least before the start of your booking
  • Admission Included
  • 3 hours
  • Suitable for 1-8 Participants
  • Private Tour
  • Guided Experience
  • Exclusive guided tour of Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island
  • Learn about the history of immigration in America
  • Visit the iconic Statue of Liberty
  • Explore Ellis Island and its museum
  • Search for your family's name on the Wall of Honor
  • All fees and taxes
  • Private guided tour
  • Professional tour guide
  • Ferry transportation to ellis island & statue of liberty
  • Lunch
  • Tour price does not include hotel pickup or drop-off (we recommend uber or taxi)
  • Tour does not include gratuities (optional)

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Introduction

Experience a journey through time as you embark on the Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island - Exclusive Guided Tour. This 3-hour adventure takes you on a captivating exploration of two iconic New York landmarks that symbolize America's rich history of immigration. Discover the stories of over 12 million foreigners who sought a new life in the New World and be inspired by their courage and resilience.

What to expect?

During the Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island - Exclusive Guided Tour, prepare to be immersed in the footsteps of those who left their homelands in search of a better future. Marvel at the grandeur of the Statue of Liberty, a symbol of freedom and democracy, as you learn about its fascinating history and the contributions of its creators. Then, as you cross the water to Ellis Island, step into the shoes of millions of immigrants who underwent medical examinations and faced surprising conditions upon arrival. Explore the island and discover the layout where quarantined immigrants were housed. The tour culminates with a visit to the Wall of Honor, where you can search for your own family's name among the countless others commemorating those who entered the United States here.

Who is this for?

The Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island - Exclusive Guided Tour is perfect for anyone seeking a deep understanding of America's immigrant history and the impact it has had on shaping the nation. Whether you are a history enthusiast, a cultural explorer, or simply curious to learn more, this tour provides a unique and compelling experience for individuals of all backgrounds. Embrace the spirit of inclusivity and join this journey that celebrates the diversity and resilience of the human spirit.

Why book this?

This exclusive guided tour offers an unparalleled opportunity to delve into the captivating stories of immigrants who embarked on a life-altering journey to America. Led by knowledgeable guides, you will gain valuable insights into the historical significance of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. In addition to visiting these iconic landmarks, this tour provides access to the museum on Ellis Island, where you can further explore the exhibits and deepen your understanding of the immigrant experience. Discover the vital role of immigration in shaping the United States and leave with a newfound appreciation for the contributions made by those who came before us.

Good to know

Please note that the total duration of the tour is approximately 180 minutes. The meeting point is at the Bronze statue 'the immigrants' in Battery Park, just southeast of Castle Clinton. The tour involves a ferry ride to Liberty Island and Ellis Island, allowing you to enjoy stunning views of the New York Harbor along the way. Don't forget to bring comfortable walking shoes, as you will be exploring both islands on foot. Immerse yourself in the rich history and cultural significance of these iconic landmarks as you embark on this exclusive guided tour.

Reviews

Reviews from individuals who have taken the Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island - Exclusive Guided Tour have been overwhelmingly positive. Visitors have praised the knowledgeable and engaging guides who bring the history of immigration to life. Many have expressed how this tour offers a profound understanding of the immigrant experience and a deep appreciation for the contributions made by immigrants throughout history. The opportunity to search for family names on the Wall of Honor has also been a highlight for many, allowing them to connect with their own personal heritage. Overall, this tour promises an unforgettable and enriching experience for all who embark on it.

How long before the event do I need to book?

  • You can book at any time before the event

Vouchers accepted in the following formats

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Is an adult required for the booking?

  • At least one adult or senior required per booking

Your Itinerary

Statue of Liberty

Follow in the footsteps of over 12 million foreigners seeking roads paved with gold in the New World on this tour of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. Explore these New York landmarks on a 3 hour semi-private guided tour, joining up to 8 people for a walk through time when America embraced immigration more than ever. The tour begins at Battery Park, one of the oldest parts of Manhattan. Here you’ll find the country’s first immigration center, Castle Garden Immigration Station, which operated until Ellis Island opened. Take a ferry to visit Liberty Island where the Statue of Liberty keeps an eye on incoming ships. You’ll learn all about Fort Wood, which now acts as the base for the statue, offered to the US by France in 1886. You’ll hear all about its creator, Bartholdi, as well as contributions by famed architect Gustave Eiffel, of Tower fame. Another ferry will whisk you across the water to Ellis Island. Here, millions of European newcomers wandered the very island that you will visit, learning about the medical examines and surprising conditions faced by immigrants. Learn about the island layout, and where immigrants who were quarantined were housed. You’ll end at the Wall of Honor, where you can search for your family’s name among the some 700,000 names commemorating those who entered the United States here. After the tour, your guide will introduce you to the museum to further explore the exhibits and history of the island. This tour is the ideal way to remember, and celebrate, the immigrants that contributed so much to America’s success.

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Battery Park

You will begin your tour at Battery Park, a public park located at the southern tip of Manhattan Island. Here, you will briefly see the attractions and monuments that the park contains and learn all about its history as one of the oldest parts of Manhattan.

Castle Clinton National Monument

Before making your way to Liberty Island, you will learn about Castle Clinton, a landmark representing not only the city’s growth but the growth of the nation. Built from 1808 to 1811, it was the first U.S immigration station where more than 8 million people arrived in the United States between 1855 to 1890.

SeaGlass Carousel

You will also pass the Seaglass Carousel, a fish-themed carousel that represents a symbol of recovery in the area, which suffered damage from Hurricane Sandy in 2012. You will be able to appreciate the carousel’s design, as design along with construction took nearly a decade.

New York Harbor

From here, you will board the ferry at the New York Harbour, part of the port of the New York. Lying at the mouth of the Hudson river, it is one of the largest natural harbours in the world.

Statue of Liberty

You will make your way to Liberty Island, located just off the southern tip of Manhattan Island. Here you will see the infamous Statue of Liberty, the highlight of your trip. You will learn all about her history and how she came to be on the island.

Admission Included

Ellis Island

Next you will visit Ellis Island, an island that contains a museum and former immigration inspection centre. It was the nation’s busiest immigration inspection station from 1892 to 1954.

Admission Included

American Immigrant Wall of Honor

During your time on Ellis Island you will see the American Immigrant Wall of Honour, a permanent exhibit of individual or family names. It is the only place in the U.S where an individual can honour his or her family heritage at a National Monument.

Reviews

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Megan S

Charlie c was a great guide! My 10 year old daughter loved learning all the history. Would highly recommend using this guide again!

amandarP7177DD

Our tour guide, Charlie, was AWESOME. So knowledgeable and personable. He made it a great experience. It was fun and educational! Would highly recommend doing a private tour!

setha689

Charlie did an excellent job. Very knowledgeable about everything NY! 10/10 would recommend. Great food recommendations as well!

stephanecD6655HJ

Excellent visit led by Charles Meany. He is a passionate guide, and nicely told us many interesting stories of the real people arriving at Ellis Island and the construction of the Statue of Liberty. Enjoyable. We will remember Charly.

500kaycem

We had a small private tour of Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island. Katherine was kind and knowledgeable. She stayed with us for extra time because she was so enthusiastic, which was generous. My only suggestion for improvement is for Katherine to make sure that she knows what the group is interested in (in our case, history and policy--very much; art and architecture--less so) in order to make sure the information and pace fits the group's preferences. Overall--good experience!
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