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Ellis Island Tours

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New York City’s Ellis Island was America’s busiest immigrant inspection station for more than 60 years, from 1892 to 1954. As the gateway for over 12 million immigrants to the United States, it processed more than 50 percent of the nation’s current ancestors. Today the island’s restored main building houses the Ellis Island Immigration Museum, part of the adjacent Statue of Liberty National Monument. The museum honors the US’s immigrant heritage, chronicles the island’s role in immigration history, and gives voice to the immigrants themselves.

The Basics
The Ellis Island immigration station’s original wooden building burned in 1897. Following its restoration in the 1980s, the red-brick building was redone in the French Renaissance style and reopened as the Ellis Island Immigration Museum. A 45-minute self-guided audio tour leads visitors through exhibits including photos, films, archive material, and recordings. Additional audio tour options describe exhibits in more detail via in-depth interviews with historians, architects, and archaeologists. Visitors can book a private tour of Ellis Island to maximize their experience and understanding of the sight, or a combo tour of Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • The 45-minute audio tour is available in nine languages and included in the cost of a ferry ticket. 
  • An audio tour for kids aged 6 to 10 is also available in five languages. 
  • Pro tip: Ellis Island can be seen up close, for free, from the deck of the Staten Island commuter ferry (though passengers can’t get off at Ellis Island).
  • Ellis Island and ferries to it are fully accessible.

How to Get There
Ellis Island lies off the southwest tip of Manhattan. To visit Ellis Island from New York City, catch a Statue Cruises ferry from Battery Park in Lower Manhattan. The first ferry stop is the Statue of Liberty, followed by Ellis Island. The closest subway stations to Battery Park are South Ferry (1 train), Whitehall Street (R train), or Bowling Green (4 or 5 train); the M5, M15, and M20 buses stop as South Ferry as well.

When to Get There
Weather permitting, Ellis Island is open every day of the year except December 25. Ferries run from 9:30am to 3:30pm, with later departures in the summer and around holidays. Once on the island, you can stay until the last ferry departs, which changes seasonally. 

Portraits at the Museum
Ellis Island hosts a number of temporary exhibits. Past highlights include New Americans: Photographs by Jill Enfield, featuring 30 wet collodion photographic prints of contemporary immigrant portraits. There is also a small glass house of immigrant portraits made from antique windows that Ellis Island visitors can enter.
Address: Ellis Island, 10004, USA
Hours: Open every day except Dec 25. Visiting hours are dependent on ferry schedules.
Admission: Entrance is free, although visitors must purchase ferry tickets.
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Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island Ticket

Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island Ticket

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Save time and minimize stress by buying your tickets to two of New York City’s most sought-after attractions, the Statue of Liberty and the Ellis Island National Immigration Museum in advance. As part your admission package, you’ll enjoy a ferry ride from Manhattan’s Battery Park, a self-guided audio tour, and free time to soak up the experience. Upgrade for early reserve line access, a guide, and entry to the Pedestal Museum.
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Statue of Liberty Monument, 9/11 Memorial and Wall Street Tour

Statue of Liberty Monument, 9/11 Memorial and Wall Street Tour

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Discover three of New York City's most memorable sites on this Viator Exclusive tour, available nowhere else. Hear the history of Wall Street on a guided walking tour, then visit the 9/11 Memorial to learn about one of the most significant events in NYC history. Finally, ride the ferry to Liberty Island and enjoy an audio tour of the Statue of Liberty and its museum.
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Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island Skip the Line Small-Group Tour

Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island Skip the Line Small-Group Tour

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Immerse yourself in New York City history with this half-day visit to Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty. Enjoy priority boarding on the Liberty Island ferry and visit the iconic Statue of Liberty with a local guide, including the Statue of Liberty Museum and the observation deck. Continue by ferry to Ellis Island to learn more about New York's immigration history. Ferry tickets and all entrance fees are included.
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Skip-Line Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island Tour + Pedestal Ticket Upgrade

Skip-Line Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island Tour + Pedestal Ticket Upgrade

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Check two New York landmarks off your bucket list on this exciting guided tour of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. Start the tour by getting early Reserve Line Access boarding on the ferry to Liberty Island. Once there, go inside the pedestal of the statue (if upgrade selected) and head to the observation decks for an awesome view of New York City and its surroundings. Then hop back on the ferry to Ellis Island to learn about the intriguing history of immigration to America that took place here between 1892 and 1954.
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Small-Group Early-Access Statue of Liberty Tour and Ellis Island

Small-Group Early-Access Statue of Liberty Tour and Ellis Island

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Avoid the big crowds at the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island with help from this small-group, early-access tour in New York City. Climb aboard an early ferry to Liberty Island, and see the iconic Statue of Liberty up close. Walk the Stairs of Separation that divided some families, visit the joyful Kissing Post where many immigrants met their relatives, and more.
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Skip the Line Private Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island Tour Ticket

Skip the Line Private Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island Tour Ticket

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Get a personal introduction to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island on a private, half-day tour led by a local guide, and explore two of New York City’s most iconic sites at your own pace. Hear inspiring stories about the design and construction of the Statue of Liberty as you explore her pedestal and museum. Learn about the immigrants that came to Ellis Island from around the world in the fascinating Ellis Island Museum. This fully-customizable private tour is a perfect fit for families and groups with limited mobility.
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Manhattan Sky Tour: New York Helicopter Flight

Manhattan Sky Tour: New York Helicopter Flight

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Catch a bird's eye view of the Big Apple during this helicopter ride over Manhattan. Look out over the Statue of Liberty, Wall Street, the financial district and more. You’ll also spot top sights like Ellis Island and the Empire State Building during this unique sightseeing flight over one of the world's most iconic cities.
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Statue of Liberty Tour with Pedestal Access and Ellis Island

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Statue of Liberty Tour with Pedestal Access and Ellis Island

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Visit Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty on this combo excursion, which includes ferry rides, museum entrance, and a guide. Ideal for history buffs, a guide shares details and historic stories you wouldn’t get if visiting on your own. Plus, in addition to learning about the New York Bay landmarks, you can catch skyline views from the Statue of Liberty’s pedestal.
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New York in One Day Guided Sightseeing Tour

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Make the most of your time in the city that never sleeps on a guided tour of NYC’s top attractions. Travel by both boat (seasonal) and bus as you swing by the 9/11 Memorial, Central Park, Rockefeller Center and more. Then hop aboard a luxury boat for a sightseeing cruise past the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, complete with stunning views of the world-famous skyline and Brooklyn Bridge.
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New York Helicopter Tour: Ultimate Manhattan Sightseeing

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Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island Skip-the-Line Guided Tour

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Cross two of New York City's must-see attractions off of your sightseeing list with this half-day tour to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island Immigration Museum. Enjoy a stress-free start to your day as your guide escorts you through security and onto the ferry, where you can take in the skyline views. Once you arrive, learn about the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, and immigration history with the help of your guide, and even stay on Ellis Island to research your family history after the tour.
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New York Manhattan Scenic Helicopter Tour

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NOW OPEN: Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, and 9/11 Memorial Pools Guided Tour

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Experience three of New York City’s iconic sites with this small-group tour to the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, and the 9/11 Memorial. Start by boarding a ferry to Lady Liberty, marveling at the panoramic views, and heading to Ellis Island to learn about the immigrant experience. Once you return to Lower Manhattan, you can unpack the troubled history of September 11 at the 9/11 Memorial. With the entry fees, ferry ride, and guide all included, this tour offers a hassle-free way to see more in one day.
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Private Downtown All Access One World Observatory 9/11 Memorial Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island

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This private walking tour of downtown Manhattan includes visits to the 9/11 Memorial, Ellis Island, and the Statue of Liberty. Round-trip ferry ticket and all entrance fees are included on this private tour, which guarantees personalized attention from your guide. Plus, upgrade to include a visit to the One World Observatory.
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OPENED: Statue of Liberty Boat and Ellis Island 60 Min Sightseeing Cruise

OPENED: Statue of Liberty Boat and Ellis Island 60 Min Sightseeing Cruise

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Secure your ticket in advance for this New York Harbor sightseeing cruise: prebooking will spare you the fuss of ticket-buying in Manhattan. Settle indoors or out on the 3-level Lady Liberty paddleboat and pass under the Brooklyn Bridge for views of the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, and Manhattan’s skyline, including One World Trade Center. Choose a departure to suit you and upgrade to add access to Liberty Island’s grounds.
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New York CityPASS

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Get the New York CityPASS and enjoy great discounts at some of the Big Apple’s top attractions. Your CityPASS mobile tickets are valid for 30 days from the date of first use of first use for NYC favorites like the Empire State Building, American Museum of Natural History, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Statue of Liberty, Guggenheim Museum, 9/11 Memorial and Museum and much more.
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New York Helicopter Flight: Grand Island

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Get an aerial view of New York City on this comprehensive helicopter ride. The sightseeing flight reveals all the top landmarks—from Central Park and Times Square to the Empire State Building and Brooklyn Bridge. This enables you to see more in minutes than you could in a day of exploring on foot, making the tour ideal for first-time visitors who want to get acquainted with the city.
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New York Helicopter Tour: Manhattan, Brooklyn and Staten Island

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New York Helicopter Tour: Manhattan, Brooklyn and Staten Island

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See New York City’s breathtaking skyline and the many iconic sights of the city on this helicopter flight. Soar over the Big Apple with an exclusive sightseeing tour of the Manhattan skyline and beyond, including the Empire State Building, the Chrysler Building, One World Trade Center, and Central Park, to name just a few, plus Ellis Island, the Statue of Liberty and much more. Then continue to see Brooklyn, Staten Island and more. A variety of departure times are available throughout the day to fit into almost any schedule.
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Wall Street Tour with Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island Ticket

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Statue of Liberty Ellis Island Pedestal Access plus Double-Decker Bus Tour

Statue of Liberty Ellis Island Pedestal Access plus Double-Decker Bus Tour

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Visit the sights that matter to you while you’re in New York with this 1-day hop-on, hop-off bus ticket and admission to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. For this all-day adventure, first stop at the Statue of Liberty. You’ll have access to the statue’s museum and center pedestal. Then, make your way over to Ellis Island. You can also choose to upgrade to a 2-day hop-on, hop-off bus ticket, or upgrade to a 2-day hop-on, hop-off bus ticket with guided tours of both the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island.
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New York Helicopter Tour: Manhattan Highlights

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New York Helicopter Tour: Manhattan Highlights

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See New York City’s breathtaking skyline and the many iconic sights of the city on this helicopter flight. Soar over the Big Apple with an exclusive sightseeing tour of the Manhattan skyline and beyond, including the Empire State Building and Central Park, plus the Statue of Liberty. A variety of departure times are available throughout the day to fit into almost any schedule.
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The New York Pass: 100+ Attractions including Empire State Building

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New York City Explorer Pass

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9/11 Memorial, Statue of Liberty, and Ellis Island Tour

9/11 Memorial, Statue of Liberty, and Ellis Island Tour

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Beat the crowds with an early departure time on a half-day tour to four of New York’s top landmarks. In addition to navigating for you, your guide provides little–known facts and stories about the 9/11 Memorial, Battery Park, Ellis Island, and the Statue of Liberty. All admission tickets and entrance fees are included in the tour, eliminating the hassle of buying them separately on your own.
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Taste of NYC Helicopter Tour

Taste of NYC Helicopter Tour

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There’s no better way to see New York than from the air and helicopter tours don’t have to cost the earth. Feel the history as you soar above Ellis Island, Wall Street, Brooklyn Bridge and more on this short but perfectly tailored flight that brings you eye to eye with the iconic Statue of Liberty. Choose between multiple departures throughout the day, with a maximum of six travelers per flight.
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OPEN: Ellis Island, Statue of Liberty, & Battery Park with Roundtrip Ferry Ride

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OPEN: Ellis Island, Statue of Liberty, & Battery Park with Roundtrip Ferry Ride

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Visit two of NYC's top landmarks without wasting time in the typically long lines with this hassle-free tour to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. Meet-up with your guide to start your day with a dose of Lower Manhattan history touring through Battery Park. Then, board the Liberty Island Ferry, enjoy views of Downtown Manhattan, and head to the Statue of Liberty to explore solo, or upgrade to the fully guided tour. Wrap up your day visiting Ellis Island, and returning on a ferry ride, all included.
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NYC Statue of Liberty Tall Ship Sailing Cruise

NYC Statue of Liberty Tall Ship Sailing Cruise

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Admire New York City's famous skyline from the water on this afternoon cruise. Choose from two departure times and set sail around New York Harbor on-board a historic sailboat. Enjoy incredible views of Manhattan and spot landmarks such as One World Trade Center, the Empire State Building, the Statue of Liberty, and Ellis Island. While on-board, help raise the sails or even take a turn navigating the ship.
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Frequently Asked Questions

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What are Ellis Island hours of operation?
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Ellis Island hours of operation: Open every day except Dec 25. Visiting hours are dependent on ferry schedules.. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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Should I book Ellis Island tickets in advance?
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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Ellis Island can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund. See all 101 Ellis Island tickets and tours on Viator.
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How much does it cost to visit Ellis Island 2020?
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Currently, an entrance ticket to Ellis Island costs USD 20.75. Guided Ellis Island tours start around USD 20.75 per person. See all 101 Ellis Island tickets and tours on Viator.
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