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

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New York, United States

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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.
  • Ferry trip to Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty
  • Go inside the pedestal, the Statue of Liberty Museum and the observation deck
  • Head ashore on Ellis Island to learn about the nation's immigration history
  • Ferry tickets and entrance fees included
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Priority, skip-the-line ferry access
Expertise of a knowledgeable guide
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Lockers for large items on Liberty Island (available for 25 cent deposit))
Audio Guide (translates the tour)
Crown access

Departure Point

Battery Park - Liberty Island, New York, NY 10004, USA

Departure Time

10:30 AM

Departure Time

10:30 AM

Return Details

Ellis Island Bridge, Jersey City, NJ 10280, USA
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • The guided portion of the tour is 3.5-4 hours (subject to ferry schedule). However, to fully experience Ellis Island, it is recommended that you spend an additional hour on the island afterward
  • Food and drink is available for purchase on the Statue Ferry, Liberty Island, and Ellis Island
  • Involves a moderate amount of walking
  • Statue of Liberty pedestal is not wheelchair accessible
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • If canceled because of dangerous weather, you will be given the option of an alternative tour date or full refund
  • Backpacks (including drawstring bags), strollers, and other large items are not allowed in the pedestal of the statue. Lockers are available for a 25 cent deposit that is returned.
  • Photography is allowed on the tour; monopods and tripods are not
  • No food or drink (other than bottled water) is allowed in the pedestal. Canteens of any material are prohibited
  • No weapons of any kind (e.g. pocket knives, pepper spray, Swiss Army knives, etc.) are allowed at the Statue of Liberty. Please leave these items at home
  • There are two security checkpoints on this tour. One at Battery Park before boarding the ferry and the other at Liberty Island before entering the pedestal
  • Please arrive 15 minutes prior to the tour's designated start time. The tour departs promptly and no refunds will be given for guests who miss the tour due to being late
  • Once the tour begins, if you make the decision to not follow the guide or their instructions, we cannot guarantee we can reunite you with the group.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • This tour is not wheelchair accessible
  • Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult at least 21 years of age.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Top Dog Tours Inc.

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island Skip the Line Small-Group Tour ?
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
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What is the policy on sanitization during Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island Skip the Line Small-Group Tour ?
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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What is the social distancing policy during Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island Skip the Line Small-Group Tour ?
The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island Skip the Line Small-Group Tour ?
The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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Traveler Tips

  • "I personally found the Ellis Island a little boring would be interesting if you had relatives that had migrated through this island.. Wouldn't want to put anyone off as it is a personal thing.." See review
  • "A great way to see / visit the Statue without the queues skip the line." See review


304 Reviews

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Great way to spend half a day for both tourists and NYers Alike
, Jun 2021
Alyssa, our tour guide, was excellent. She was knowledgeable and had a great sense of humor. The tour is worth while, but expect the initial security line to take some time prior to boarding the ferry to Liberty Island. The Ellis Island museum after is ok and can be skipped, though we were given a great overview by Alyssa prior to entering the museum.
Poor leadership
, Jun 2021
Guide (Alyssa) didn’t really lead group. Left without us on several instances through security checkpoints without giving us proper guidance on where to go. Will not use again.
Memories never forgot
, Jun 2021
Our tour guide was phenomenal. We had so much fun between statue of liberty and Ellis Island. Would absolutely do this again.
Great Time!
, Jun 2021
Sam was a great tour guide! I loved going to each monuments. It was a fun time, great weather! Lovely people to be around
Awesome experience with an awesome tour guide
, Jun 2021
Ask for James for your tour guide! He was AMAZING! He’s a super fun and chill guy and you’re learning a ton of really great info! Next time I’m in NYC I’m booking tons of tours with him! (Also seeing the statue and Ellis Island was incredible. Talk about a plunge into history.)
One should see
, May 2021
We celebrated our 29 anniversary with Miss.Liberty . It was in the 40s and windy and rainy Coming from Florida ..we was very cold. Great tour ..nice views Well worth it
Not as Advertised!
, May 2021
The tour was not as advertised on the Viator website. The statue pedestal was not open as indicated on the website and as verified by the Viator staff member I contacted by phone. There were other discrepancies on the website as well such a pick up and drop,off at your hotel which was also not available. The actual tour operator, Top Dog Tours, did a very good job with limited access at the two tour stops.
Statue cruise tour
, May 2021
RJ was very pleasant, informative, really knew many interesting facts on the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. Highly recommend him!
Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island tour
, May 2021
Alyssa our tour guide, did a great job explaining with details. She was cheerful with a good attitude. We enjoyed the ferry ride, Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. Highly recommend.
It was okay
, May 2021
It was difficult to know who the tour guide was. He or she should be holding Viator and Top dog signs. also, Viator should say the tour guide will be holding a flag specifically in the directions. Also, our group tour guide person was okay. He was passive aggressive in front of my group. At the same time, I did learn good amount about Statue of Liberty and Ellis island.

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