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Private Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island Tour

New York, United States
 Private Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island Tour

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Get a personal introduction to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island on a private, half-day tour led by a local guide, and explore two of New York City’s most iconic sites at your own pace. Hear inspiring stories about the design and construction of the Statue of Liberty as you explore. Learn about the immigrants that came to Ellis Island from around the world in the fascinating Ellis Island Museum. This fully-customizable private tour is a perfect fit for families and groups with limited mobility.
  • Private tour of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island
  • Customize the experience to your needs
  • Learn about Ellis Island immigration
  • Private guide for a more personalized experience
  • Ideal choice for families
  • Choice of several departures throughout the day
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Personal expert guide
Private tour
Guided Tour of Battery Park
Guided Tour of Liberty Island
Guided Tour of Ellis Island Grounds
Statue Ferry Ticket
1 Bowling Green , 1 Bowling Green, New York, NY 10004, USA

Your guide will be on the steps outside of the north entrance of the Alexander Hamilton Customs House (Museum of the American Indian), holding a white flag with a blue checkered border with our logo. This is the entrance facing the buildings in Manhattan with 4 statues.

Ellis Island , Ellis Island, United States

The tour concludes on Ellis Island. If you wish to spend more time visiting the museum, your guide can provide instructions on how to get back to Battery Park. Your guide can also take you back to Battery Park if you wish to return at the conclusion of the tour.

Meet your guide at Castle Clinton, a historic fort in Manhattan’s Battery Park. You’ll get skip-the-line, priority boarding on the ferry to the Statue of Liberty—this is a great time to get your bearings in the city as your guide points out landmarks in Battery Park, the New York harbor and waterfront.

Upon reaching the island, make your way to the Statue of Liberty and the Statue of Liberty Museum. See one of the original statue torches displayed alongside rare memorabilia and the poem ‘The New Colossus’ that was once at the base of the statue. Get perfect views of the New York City skyline from the observation deck and snap an unforgettable photo with Lady Liberty.

Continue to Ellis Island to explore New York’s immigrant legacy: follow an immigrant’s trail through the Great Hall and see moving photos and artifacts in the onsite museum. Enjoy a personal take on Ellis Island from your guide, whose family passed through Ellis Island, then learn how you can trace your family history there. Finish your day with independent time on Ellis Island or return to Battery Park with your guide.
Stop At:  
Statue of Liberty
An international symbol of hope and freedom
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Ellis Island
The main immigration processing center for the United States from 1892-1924
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Battery Park
Historic Battery Park
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Castle Clinton National Monument
former fort with a colorful history
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
  • Duration is subject to ferry schedule and time guest wishes to spend on Ellis Island
  • Food and drink is available for purchase on the Statue Ferry, Liberty Island, and Ellis Island
  • A moderate amount of walking is involved, please wear appropriate shoes
  • Operates in various weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Photography is allowed, however monopods or tripods are not allowed
  • No weapons of any kind are allowed at the statue (including pocket knives, pepper spray, Swiss Army knives, etc.). There is no place to check these items before going through security, so please leave these items at home
  • Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult at least 21 years of age.
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • OPERATED BY Top Dog Tours Inc.
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.
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Private Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island Tour?
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
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What is the policy on sanitization during Private Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island Tour?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Private Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island Tour.
What is the social distancing policy during Private Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island Tour?
A:The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Private Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island Tour.
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Private Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island Tour?
A: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
See all safety measures taken by Private Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island Tour.

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Luke our guide was...
, Jun 2022
Luke our guide was excellent. He moved us along at a perfect speed. His knowledge of the statue was great.
Best tour guide ever!
, Jun 2022
Luke was such a fun and informative tour guide. He did a wonderful job and know so much. My 12 year old son really enjoyed it and learned a lot.
Luke is awesome
, Jun 2022
Everything was great! Luke, our guide made it fun for both adults and kids! We learned a lot and had a ton of fun
Laura was Amazing! She...
, May 2022
Laura was Amazing! She knows so much about the history and the way she narrates it is so fun. It felt like she was telling us about a movie! I would definitely recommend her!
Private Statue and Ellis Tour
, May 2022
Our tour guide Luke was awesome. Full of great knowledge and engaged our seven year old perfectly. Enjoyed it so much, my wife wants to do a different tour with Luke when she and a friend come back next month!
1 traveler found this review helpful
, Apr 2022
Loved our tour guide Christine! She made the tour amazing. She was knowledgeable and very friendly. Highly recommend
Statue of Liberty-Ellis island tour
, Dec 2021
My favorite part was Learning about the history of the area. The Guide was very knowledgeable. Was very satisfied.
Fall break with boys
, Oct 2021
Julian was a great tour guide - learned a lot that we wouldn’t have otherwise heard about. Boys (10 and 7) loved it
Liz was a wonderful tour guide!
, Oct 2021
Having a knowledgeable personal tour guide kept everyone engaged. The family could ask her to elaborate on topics of interest.
Great day!
, Sep 2021
Julian our guide was so informative and knew where to take the best pictures of us! Getting on and off the boat was super easy with him seeing he knew exactly where to stand for the best views!
2 travelers found this review helpful
The Liz Experience
, Aug 2021
My most memorable experience was the vast knowledge that our tour guide, Liz had of the Statue of Liberty and of Ellis Island. We completely enjoyed her tour and her company. I would 1000% recommend Liz for this tour. She also represents the ideals of Ellis Island.
, Aug 2021
Our tour guide was AMAZING! We had a group that ranged from 84 -8. He made the Statute of Liberty experience informative, educational and entertaining for all of us. Definitely recommend!!
It was awesome
, Aug 2021
James was very knowledgeable and friendly. He is a great guide. He made the most out of our time. I would diffidently ask for him.
Not as expected. Too costly
, Jul 2021
Tour not as expected. Aside from getting entry tickets, there is no skipping lines. You wait like everyone. No access to pedestal despite email confirmation. Way too costly for the experience. Tour guide knowledgeable and helpful.
Tour review
, Jul 2021
The tour guide was very knowledgeable and provided a lot of information but we were disappointed that she did not conduct an inside tour of Ellis Island.
Fun, fun, fun
, Jun 2021
James was great. Simply a joy to spend the day with as his knowledge of Liberty and Ellis Island is impressive.
A Great Tour for Those Who Want to Know the Historic Details and Stories of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island
, Apr 2021
Our tour guide James was personable and full of fascinating information. He provided us an extensive series of historic facts and stories about the Statue of LIberty and Ellis Island that made the places come alive. We felt fortunate that we had him all to ourselves in a private tour. He is a treasure.
Will do another one of the tours next time we are in NYC
, Dec 2020
Having a private guide was far better than having to listen to a tape or try and read all the history as you toured The Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. Our guide Nicole knew where to be on the boat that was relatively empty and at each stop took us to a location away from other people so she could give us the history and then let us explore ourselves. We admit there was a lot we did not know. I highly recommend this tour. Worth the price.
Brooke is the way to go!
, Mar 2020
Brooke was an amazing tour guide! Very informative and personable. She kept us intrigued with her stories and lots of history!
Great trip!
, Mar 2020
Fantastic tour. Our guide, James, was wonderful. Very knowledgeable, funny and great to have around. Very enjoyable!

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