Statue of Liberty

Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island 4-Hour Tour

The number-one visited site in NYC is the Statue of Liberty. Come along on a private guided tour to the most famous landmark in the U.S. for your group of 2 to 24 guests. Your tour will include a private guide who will meet you outside Battery Park. Your guide will escort you through security checkpoints, on and off all three ferries, into the Statue of Liberty, and to the National Immigration Museum on Ellis Island. You will have the services of a licensed and seasoned tour guide who is knowledgeable, courteous, engaging, and an expert on the history and stories of these important landmarks to lead this four-hour tour. The tour begins outside Battery Park and ends on Ellis Island.

The tour begins with a history of Battery Park and Lower Manhattan. We proceed onto the ferry to Liberty Island. See the Statue of Liberty up close, and have photos taken in front of it. We go to the top of the pedestal and learn interesting facts and information about the design and building of the statue. We explore the museum and learn about the history and symbolism of the sculpture. Then we take a short trip over to Ellis Island, the gateway for more than 12 million to enter the United States. You’ll come away with an appreciation of the immigrant experience and learn important stories about the nation’s past. The tour wraps up on Ellis Island, where you can enjoy the day exploring the island on your own.

Tour Highlights:

  • 4-hour guided tour by a licensed, professional tour guide;
  • Your guide is a member of the Guides Association of New York City;
  • Skip the line;
  • Printed or mobile voucher accepted;
  • Instant confirmation, no waiting;
  • Wheelchair and handicap accessible;

Tickets must be bought at least 24 hours in advance of the tour start time. There is a 24-hour cancellation policy.

Meeting Point:
Netherlands Monument Flagpole Battery Park
Battery Place & State Street
New York, NY 10004
In front of the big flagpole; across the street from National Archives/Old Customs House.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

How much walking is there?

About 1.5 miles (30 blocks).

What should I bring?
Bottle of water (plastic);
Extra cash as we end the tour where food and drinks may be purchased.

Does the tour start and end at the same place?

No. The guide will direct you to your next destination.

What is the closet subway station?

The closest subway is Bowling Green (4/5 trains) and South Ferry (1 train, be on the last car of the train and exit the rear of the station) Five minutes walk to meeting point.

Where do I meet the guide?

Battery Place & State Street, New York, NY 10004. Look for Big Apple Fanatics Tours Sign.

What should I wear?

Dress smart casual, with comfortable walking shoes.

What about inclement weather?

The tour operates rain or shine, snow, or heat.  In the rare case Statue Cruises is forced to cancel the ferries, ticket holders will be allowed to reschedule (subject to availability) or offered a refund.

Are there bathrooms along the way?
Yes. There are also restrooms along the route.

How long is the tour?
Approximately four hours.

Can I book a private tour?
Yes, reach out here to book a charter tour for 2 to 24 people.