NYC: Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island & Pre-Ferry Tour
- Small group
- Duration options: 3 - 6 hours
- Optional audio guide
Ellis Island was the most active American immigration inspection station from 1892 to 1954 making it the first piece of land millions of immigrants set foot on in their new home. Today it remains a landmark where that hope for a better tomorrow remains.
Getting there is half the fun! A $18 ticket will take you on a humbling cruise through the Upper New York Bay to both Ellis Island and Liberty Island.
Bonus: head to the information desk for a complimentary tour at the top of the hour for a guided tour, no ticket required.
Take the ferry a little further north to visit Liberty Island and experience the nation’s symbol of freedom, the Statue of Liberty, up close and personal.
Dive deeper into the experience of arriving at Ellis Island with a 90-minute hard hat tour of the Hospital Complex. Purchase tickets in advance.
Did you know, for example, that a 1998 ruling by the Supreme Court determined that most of the island belongs to New Jersey, not New York?
You can get to Ellis Island by taking a ferry operated by Statue Cruises from either Communipaw Terminal in Liberty State Park or Battery Park on the southern tip of Manhattan in New York City. Reserving your tickets ahead of time is recommended.
Generally you won’t need more than a couple hours to take in these sights, but you can set your own pace visiting Ellis Island and Liberty Island - the ferries depart every 20 minutes.
The $18 ferry ticket grants access to both of the islands.
We had a great day for a sail to Liberty Island... only confusion was to stay on or get off the boat at Ellis Island. If that can be made clear upon departure, it would make for a perfect ride!
Our guide was extremely knowledgeable and helpful! He was great with keeping time, and keeping us on track. We really enjoyed him and would like to recommend him to our friends.
Our tour guide was awesome! Very informative and helpful even directed us to the closest subway once the tour ended and other places to visit!
The experience was very informative with our tour guide Alex. I really enjoyed the ferry ride to Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island.
Ceaser was the ultimate guide. He never left anyone behind. He was full of information we would otherwise never have known.