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Statue of Liberty (and Ellis Island)

  • New York, United States of America (USA)

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Last updated: 07 April, 2024

A gift from the French to the Americans in 1886 to mark the centenary of American independence, ‘The Lady’ has become New York’s most iconic symbol. Standing 151ft high, 1 mile off Manhattan’s southern tip, she also became a symbol of freedom and opportunity to millions of arriving immigrants fleeing persecution or poverty elsewhere – and the embodiment of the American spirit.

Also on site is the fascinating former immigrant processing office at Ellis Island, now museum, that explains why the city invited mass migrations in the 19th century, how they were settled, and the impacts on life today.

Logistics

Price from: £22
Minimum age: Any
Age suitable: 4+
When: All year around

Getting there & doing it

Statue of Liberty tour ferries depart from Battery Park. You take a specified time of ferry out, but once on the island you can linger and take any ferry back. On the way back, ferries stop at the fascinating former immigrant processing office at Ellis Island, now a museum; you can choose to get off or not.

You can also take the free Staten Island Ferry (to Staten Island and back). You won’t get so close, or get to the island itself, but the views are still great.

Frequent city boat tours along the Hudson River will also get you up close to the statue. Or, for a more high-octane approach, hop on the BEAST, a 70-foot offshore racing powerboat that will whiz you down the Hudson, past the Statue and back again, in a thrilling hold-on-tight, wind-in-your-face 30-minute ride. Departs from Pier 83.

A final way to view the statue – without the crowds – is by helicopter. Liberty and New York Helicopters both offer flights that get you eye-to-eye with the Lady herself.

When to do it

Ferries to Liberty Island and Ellis Island, and Hudson River boat turs, run all year round, seven days a week. The Jetboat thrill ride runs May to September only.

The Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration is also open all year round, seven days a week.

Who to go with: organised tours

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Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island Tour: All Options

  • New York City

Delve into the stories of immigrants with ExperienceFirst’s knowledgeable local guides to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. Choose a tour duration that suits you, whether a comprehensive guided tour of both landmarks or quicker options for specific islands. Enjoy hassle-free access with included round-trip ferry tickets and museum admission, all starting at the historic Castle Clinton in Battery Park.

Price $44

Min age 4

Rating 4.77 / 5 [8586 ratings]

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New York City Statue of Liberty Super Express Cruise

  • New York City

The Liberty Super Express is a 50-minute round-trip sightseeing cruise that sails near the Statue of Liberty and back,. This tour is narrated by tour guides so travelers enjoy fun, onboard entertainment. The tour is the fastest way to get up close to Lady Liberty and back in all of New York City, so you can get great photos with an NYC landmark.

Price $29

Min age 3

Rating 4.50 / 5 [1624 ratings]

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Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island Guided Tour

  • New York City

Options 4-Hour Morning Tour Avoid the crowds with an earlier departure to Liberty Island. Pre-reserved ticket included. 4-Hour Afternoon Tour Visit the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island in the afternoon with a knowledgeable guide. Pre-reserved ticket included.

Price $65

Min age 0

Rating 4.71 / 5 [1271 ratings]

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Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island Tour

  • New York City

Get up close and personal with Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty - two NYC landmarks. Enjoy an entertaining, professional guide to help you navigate the crowds and show you where to capture all the great views and photos on this tour. Book in advance to skip the tickets lines on the ferry from Manhattan to Liberty Island. Then learn about both iconic sites as you enjoy a fully guided tour of the grounds at both Liberty and Ellis Island with admission to Statue of Liberty Museum and The Immigration Museum at Ellis Island both included.

Price $55

Min age 4

Rating 4.72 / 5 [1036 ratings]

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Statue of Liberty and New York City Skyline Sightseeing Cruise

  • New York City

See many major New York sights on a 90-minute boat cruise on a 1920s-style yacht! Enjoy views from the open bow, or relax in the spacious climate controlled glassed-enclosed observation cabin. The boat cruises along the Hudson River offering views of Manhattan's west side and booming skyline. Pass by the Financial District, Ellis Island, and Statue of Liberty as the boat cruises into New York Harbor.

Price $48

Min age 0

Rating 4.79 / 5 [401 ratings]

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