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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.
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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

Reviews

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star-5
Great trip!
Allison_L
, May 2022
Everything was well organized. Russell our guide was great, friendly and knowledgeable. We really had a great time.
star-5
Great guide!
Alfred_W
, May 2022
Liberty and Ellis Island were fascinating. Boat trip fun. Our tour leader Rob took it way above what we would have had on our own. He was lively and interesting. Clearly wanted to share his knowledge with us. We would request him in the future.
star-5
Fabulous tour and learning experience!
Esther_L
, May 2022
Rob was an excellent guide and extremely knowledgeable on all points regarding the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island and early NYC immigration.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Great Trip
William_M
, May 2022
The Guide Rob was a fountain of knowledge and made the trip really interesting. Would definitely recommend this trip
star-5
Our tour guide, Allison...
Benjamin_R
, May 2022
Our tour guide, Allison was so friendly and knowledgeable! The process was easy and directions were clear
star-5
The trip was great and...
Sharon_W
, May 2022
The trip was great and our guide was Katherine . She was brill . She knew what she was talking about and she was super friendly . It was a bad day weather wise but that didn’t stop us
star-5
Excellent time!
KellyB
, May 2022
Our tour guide Alice did a wonderful job and we had the best trip. Very educational experience. Thank you!
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Dear Kelly B, We are thrilled to read you had such an excellent time with Alice and hope that you will have the chance to join us again for more walks in the future. Kind regards,
star-5
Great tour review 👍
Mary_N
, May 2022
Our tour guide Christian was amazing! Love that he knows the history of both the statue of Liberty and Ellis island and shares with enthusiasm! We thoroughly enjoyed our day.
star-5
Definitely worth it! Great history and excellent tour guides!
Teresa_F
, Apr 2022
It was a great experience and our tour guide was excellent. It was freezing tho., so I would suggest checking the weather and planning well if you go out on the water.
star-5
Fantastic
Rudy_R
, Apr 2022
Sara was amazing and very informative. She is a gem. Highly recommend her. We enjoyed how she shared personal experience and made it a memorable day.
star-5
New York
caitrionalillis
, Apr 2022
Our guide Christian was amazing. He was so knowledgeable and kept us informed of what was happening throughout the day.
star-5
Highly recommend this tour with Rob!
Judy_H
, Apr 2022
Rob was a great tour guide. He was very knowledgeable and was able to answer all our questions. And he took a great picture of us at the Statue of Liberty!
star-5
Excellent tour
pam_d
, Apr 2022
Wonderful day Joe was a brilliant guide so informative and friendly , really made the whole experience memorable.
star-5
Sara was an excellent...
Pam_P
, Apr 2022
Sara was an excellent guide. The weather was awful but she managed to stay upbeat and informative despite the rain and wind. We learned a lot!
star-5
Excellent!!!
Cesar_Q
, Mar 2022
The guide was very knowledgeable and explained with details all the history about the Statue of Liberty and the Ellis Island. We enjoyed all the tour.
star-5
Great informative trip
Cynthia_L
, Mar 2022
Great trip! Rob is a wonderful tour guide. Definitely recommend this trip. Very informative and memorable.
star-5
Worthwhile and the highlight of our trip.
Kevin_T
, Mar 2022
This was an excellent experience that was enjoyed by our group. The directions were accurate and check in process smooth. There was ample time on both islands for the guided tour and photos. Our tour guide was insightful and gave a very detailed history of both islands and catered for all the group. She also provided good information for us to take in some of the other sites in the local area.
star-5
Fabulous Tour
Bernice_F
, Mar 2022
Our Tour Guide was entertaining, knowledgable and engaging. The transfers between Liberty and Ellis Islands was seemless.
star-3
Not really first on the island.
Cassie_M
, Mar 2022
The guide was entertaining. Learned some interesting today bits. Could have gone on the ferry for free and seen ourselves. Ellis island wasn ast interesting to stay at
icon Response from Host , Mar 2022
Dear Cassie_M, Thank you for reviewing your Early Access: First on the Island Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island tour with us. We are very glad you found the guide entertaining and received interesting information. At the same time though we are also very sorry Ellis Island wasn't as interesting as you expected and believe it would have been the same had you gone alone. But would have you learned the same interesting facts you refer to? Probably not. Finally, we run more than one group for this tour, but we are indeed the only tour groups there, which makes it much more intimate and far less crowded than during regular visiting hours. We are sorry you did not perceive this value. We work very hard to offer only the most memorable experiences to our clients and feel terrible your expectations were not met by our tour. We hope that you had a lovely time in NY and that of you ever find yourself visiting another city we serve, you will give us another try. All our best,
star-5
Great Tour! Everyone was...
Daimelys_P
, Mar 2022
Great Tour! Everyone was nice and professional . The tour person Joe was very knowledgeable, we were entertained throughout the experience

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