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Early Access: First on the Island Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island

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Early Access: First on the Island Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island
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icon4 hours  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English

Overview

Sail across the waters of New York’s harbor as part of the only tour group allowed on the first ferry of the day to Liberty Island. Learn the history of Lady Liberty and explore the Statue of Liberty Museum on this well-timed tour. Then, head to Ellis Island to discover the stories of the millions of immigrants who journeyed through this historic site.
  • Be the first tour group of the day on Liberty Island (early morning tour only)
  • Discover artifacts at the Statue of Liberty Museum.
  • Visit Ellis Island with personal time to explore.
  • Listen to the award-winning audio guide at the Ellis Island Immigration Museum.
  • Two of New York’s top attractions in one trip.
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First Exclusive Access (8:30am departure only summer/9am departure only winter)
Local English-speaking guide
Expertly guided walking tour
Pre-reserved ticket to Statue of Liberty Island (exterior access)
Pre-reserved ticket to Ellis Island (includes Ellis Island museum)
Official audio guide on Ellis Island
Gratuities
Hotel Pick up and Drop off
Statue of Liberty Crown and Pedestal
Pier A Harbor House , 22 Battery Pl, New York, NY 10004, USA

22 Battery Place (Pier A Harbor House). Meet at the front entrance of Pier A Harbor House. Pier A Harbor House is to the right of the Statue of Liberty ferry and Castle Clinton and your guide will be holding a blue-green Walks sign.

Ellis Island , Ellis Island, United States

Ellis Island (Guest can choose to stay on Ellis Island and return on their own or take the ferry back to Battery Park with Guide.)

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Please note, the first early access to Statue of Liberty and arrival before the crowds is only applicable if 8:30 AM / 9:00 AM Departure is selected.
  • Tour runs in English only
  • Please note: This tour does not include a visit to the Statue of Liberty Crown and Pedestal
  • All guests will need to pass through airport-style security to enter the Statue of Liberty if the Pedestal Option is chosen. Certain items are not permitted and such items will be confiscated and not be returned. Please refer to the Statue of Liberty’s guidelines on specific prohibited items at nps.gov/stli/planyourvisit/yoursafety
  • Please be aware that upon arrival at Liberty Island, if you are carrying a backpack or large bag, you will be required to put your bag(s) into a locker which cost only 0.25 cents, clients must have a quarter and cannot use a dime and a nickle for example.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Walks complies with all local government regulations. You may need to wear a mask or provide proof of vaccination to enter certain venues. Please refer to New York government guidelines for the most up to date information
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 25 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Walks - USA
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Early Access: First on the Island Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Early Access: First on the Island Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Early Access: First on the Island Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island?
A:The policy on sanitization is:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
See all safety measures taken by Early Access: First on the Island Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island.
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What is the social distancing policy during Early Access: First on the Island Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Early Access: First on the Island Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island.

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  • "Early Access - You will avoid hours of standing in queues2." See review
  • "Do respect the fact, it's up to the guide to make it good." See review

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star-5
Fun for the whole family
Kristi_B
, Jul 2022
Our group of 3 (which included a 9 YO) all had a great time! Our tour guide was awesome and he kept the tour informative but also engaged the kids. The pace was good and it was great having the transportation figured out and the key historical info covered by the guide.
star-4
God Bless American!
Cynthia_P
, Jun 2022
Amazed on the truths of the Statue, pictures do not do it justice. Guide could have been cut in half.
star-5
Statue of Liberty/Ellis Island tour
Doug_N
, Jun 2022
Rob did a great job. Keep him. Very informative and very engaging. Kept us organized and on time. Really enjoyed the boat ride also.
star-5
Captivating, knowledgeable & exciting!
Herman_E
, Jun 2022
Rob was amazing, knowledgeable and captivating to say the least! If you want to know the true thought provoking story, Rob is your guide! You will get all your $$$ worth and more!
star-5
Great tour
Cynthia_M
, Jun 2022
I visited NYC in March 2020-not 2022, as the city was shutting down and that’s when I did this tour. I’d forgotten all about reviewing but better late than never. This is a great way to visit the Statue and Ellis Island. Highly recommend
star-5
Great experience for me and my granddaughters.
Evangeline_M
, Jun 2022
Rob was such an informative guide. A lot of the history concerning the Statue of Liberty is not readily in the text books. Thanks!!!
star-4
Awesome tour Awesome guide Christian
JoAnn_C
, Jun 2022
We met up with Christian about 1030am. He was very pleasant. Our tour started on time border the ferry to liberty Island. He's presentation was great very informative.i would definitely recommend and tour with Christian again. Only part that was a bit disappointing was not being able to visit Ellis Island longer. We toured until 445 to catch the ferry and was unable to visit the 2nd building We loved the tour,we will be back possible an earlier tour so we can tour all of Ellis Island
star-4
Our guide Cherie was...
MIchael_M
, Jun 2022
Our guide Cherie was terrific and shared s wealth of knowledge about the history and NY city… She was very patient with our group and shared her love of the City with us.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Walking in the island and...
Zoila_R
, Jun 2022
Walking in the island and being so close to the Statue of Liberty was amazing! The guide was very helpful with giving us all the information and history with a lot of details, she was great
star-5
Historical, appropriate, and interesting
Ginger_P
, Jun 2022
Our tour guide Joe was knowledgeable and personable. Made the experience worth it. He provided great tips and was helpful.
star-5
Miss Liberty
Carole_O
, Jun 2022
The guide was very informative and sweet The weather was perfect and she made the tour so enjoyable Miss Liberty is a must to see
star-5
Great trip and very interesting
Peter_H
, Jun 2022
Great guide in Cherie - very informative and interesting and a lovely story teller. More crowded than we expected given the extra paid for ‘early access’ but I guess it’s never quiet!!
star-5
Once in a lifetime trip
Carol_M
, Jun 2022
All our party enjoyed the trip very much, the most memorable thing would be Joe, our tour guide, so informative and a great communicator, he made the trip very interesting,
star-4
Fun day out
liza_r
, Jun 2022
Sheree was very nice and helpful / informative. You can also easily do the by getting a ferry ticket and use the audio guide.
star-5
Awsome Trip
Eileen_B
, Jun 2022
Our guide was Alice. She was brilliant. very upbeat, happy and knowledgable. THis was a great slot too; first on the Statue; so not too busy.
star-5
Excellent
gordon_s
, Jun 2022
Statue of Liberty was better than I thought it was going to be. Ellis Island was crazy informative. Ou tour guide, Álaravo was perfect. Very knowledgeable. Kept us engaged. Good balance of information-no information overload. Gave us great tips regarding photo ops. He was great!
star-2
Guide was repetitive and...
Sheldon_G
, Jun 2022
Guide was repetitive and did not try to make sure he could be heard by the group. He made no attempt to keep the group together on the boats. Early access was a myth.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-3
Beware if this is your first time
Ann_H
, Jun 2022
Tour was a little too long and no access to the Statue. That was not made clear. I’m glad it was not my first time there. I would have been very disappointed! I enjoyed hearing about the background of the statue and Ellis Island, but I feel that the ratio from looking to listening was definitely not the same.
star-5
Knowledgeable and...
Michael_S
, May 2022
Knowledgeable and friendly tour guide. Be prepared to stand in long lines for everything though.....
star-5
Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island up close and personal🗽
Tina_L
, May 2022
Seeing it in person was amazing! and our guide was very informative. We had so much fun and learned a lot that we didn't know as well.

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