Statue of Liberty with Pedestal Access & Ellis Island

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Tickets to the Statue of Liberty’s iconic Pedestal are fast becoming a rarity, but on this special-access tour you’re guaranteed entry. Discover the fascinating story of Lady Liberty as you make your way up 215 steps inside to enjoy spectacular views over New York Harbor, then journey to Ellis Island where you’ll learn the history of European immigration to America.

* Enjoy an extra special experience at the Statue of Liberty, with increasingly rare access to the Statue Pedestal.
* Climb the 215 steps of the Pedestal to take in unparalleled views over New York Harbor.
* Discover the story behind how Lady Liberty came to be with fascinating insights from your expert guide.
* Visit Ellis Island and follow in the footsteps of 12 million immigrants taking their first step on ‘the Land of Freedom’.
* Visit the beautifully curated Ellis Island Immigration Museum where you can walk the‘Stairs of Separation’ and visit the ‘Kissing Post’.
* Rest assured that with small groups of 20 people or fewer and all itinerary taken care of, your tour will be intimate, and your guide easy to interact with.

Approximately 3 Hours 30 Minutes

(If you would like to book this tour prior to April 2020 please click here.)

With visitors rushing past to board the ferry the Liberty Island, the memorials at Battery Park rarely get the attention they deserve. It’s from here that our Statue of Liberty tour begins with a little context. The stories these monuments have to tell are well worth hearing, so we’ll take some time at the Castle Clinton National Monument, Pier A Harbor House, the American Merchant Mariners’ Memorial, the Sphere and the New York Korean War Veterans’ Memorial to begin our day. Then it’s off to Liberty Island with pre-reserved ferry tickets from Battery Park to Liberty Island.

Tickets for inside the Statue Pedestal are becoming increasingly rare, but with your VIP special-access pass you’re guaranteed entry to one of the most impressive viewpoints in New York. With captivating insights from your guided you’ll discover the story of how Lady Liberty came to be (gifted to the US by France and designed by their finest architects including Gustav Eiffel, she wasn’t as warmly received as you would think!), before climbing the 215 steps of her Pedestal and making your way on to the viewing terrace for a moment to remember.

Then it’s back on the ferry and on to Ellis Island, where you’ll follow in the footsteps of 12 million immigrants. Here you’ll learn about the lengthy immigration process they went through, walking the Stairs of Separation to understand the island’s two very different names – ‘The Island of Hope’ and ‘The Island of Tears’. A visit to the incredible Ellis Island Museum is a must-do here - it’s simply one of the most interesting and well-curated museums there is, hosting an impressive collection of interactive displays for people of all ages to immerse themselves in the history of the island. Our tour ends in Ellis Island, but you can stay a little longer if you’d like, or head back on the ferry with your guide.

With small groups of 20 people or fewer and early morning ferries to the islands, we ensure that your tour is peaceful and relaxed, removing the stress and frustrations of the average visit. And with an expert guide on hand you’re certain to learn a thing or two, getting more from your experience than you would have on your own.

Please be aware that the Statue of Liberty pedestal access requires a 215-step climb, with no elevator access. However, the Statue Pedestal has elevator access so we are happy to accommodate wheelchair users or those with limited mobility on this tour. The only part you will not be able to visit is a small platform at the very top of the Statue Pedestal.

* Please note this tour does not include a visit to the Statue of Liberty's Crown, due to security measures in place by the National Park Services who manage the Statue of Liberty.
* Gratuities
* Hotel pick-up/drop-off
* Food/Beverages

Front entrance of Pier A Harbor House, 22 Battery Place, in Battery Park, to the right of Statue of Liberty ferry and Castle Clinton

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

* Our Statue of Liberty tours run rain or shine but the one exception is if the coastguard stops water traffic in New York Harbor due to inclement weather.

Important Notes:
* Gratuities to guides are appreciated but never obligatory.
* Please note that the tour meeting time is 15 minutes prior to the start time. No refunds or re-bookings can be provided for late arrivals or no shows after tour commencement or departure.
* Please note this tour does not include a visit to the Statue of Liberty's Crown, due to security measures in place by the National Park Services who manage the Statue of Liberty.
* Tour participants must be able to climb and descend 215 stairs from the Statue lobby to the top of the pedestal.
* Please note that guests will need to pass through airport style security to enter the Statue of Liberty. Certain items are not permitted in the Statue of Liberty and such items will be confiscated and will not be returned. Please refer to the Statue of Liberty’s guidelines on specific prohibited items:
* Please note, only water in a clear container/bottle is allowed through security and on Liberty Island. No other beverages and containers/bottles are allowed.
* Please be aware that upon arrival at Liberty Island, if you are carrying a backpack or large bags you are required to put your bag/s into a locker which costs $0.25 only. Clients MUST have a quarter and cannot use a dime and a nickle for example.
* Please note, the ferry does not operate during heavy rain or other adverse weather conditions; when this occurs, an alternative option is provided.

Meeting Point:
Front entrance of Pier A Harbor House, 22 Battery Place, in Battery Park, to the right of Statue of Liberty ferry and Castle Clinton

Meeting Point Directions:
* Directions by taxi: Tell your driver to drop you off at Pier A Harbor House, Battery Park, near the Statue of Liberty ferry
* Directions by subway: Take Line 4 or 5 to Bowling Green, or Lines 1 or R to Rector Street. Walk towards the water. Pier A Harbor House is to the right of the Statue of Liberty ferry and Castle Clinton

No Seating plan available.


Pier A Harbor House

22 Battery Place
New York 10004