Explore more than 400 years of New York history in just a few hours. Walk in the footsteps of Manhattan’s most famous residents and learn how NYC has changed over the centuries. Enjoy a self-guided tour of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island.
What to Expect
Your tour starts at the Alexander Hamilton Custom House, the former site of Fort Amsterdam, where Manhattan really began. Learn about how New Amsterdam became New York and see other sites in the area including Bowling Green Park and the famous Charging Bull of Wall Street. Then, work your way over to the Fraunces Tavern, New York's oldest building and up Stone Street where you feel like you've stepped back in time to old New Amsterdam. See Delmonico's, one of New York's oldest and most famous eateries.
Next, walk towards Wall Street. See the Manhattan Trust Bank and the House of Morgan, where America's first millionaire conducted business. Learn how Wall Street got its name and see the famous New York Stock Exchange where fortunes have been made and lost. Visit Federal Hall, the site of the United State's first capitol building where George Washington was inaugurated in 1789. Trinity Church is the next stop, one of the best examples of Gothic Revival Architecture in Manhattan. Visit the grave of Alexander Hamilton and other famous Americans. Your last stop is the 9/11 Memorial. See the magnificent reflecting pools and pay your respects to those who lost their lives. Learn about the new buildings in the World Trade Center Complex and see the Survivor Tree.
At the conclusion of the tour, your guide walks you down to Battery Park where you receive skip-the-line privileges before boarding the ferry to Liberty Island. Once on the island, enjoy a self-guided tour of the museum and pedestal. Admission to Ellis Island is also included with your ticket
- Priority access to board the ferry to save you time at departure
- Roundtrip ferry ticket
- Entrance fees to the Pedestal Museum at Liberty Island and the Museum at Ellis Island
What's Not Included
- Gratuities (recommended)
- Hotel pick-up and drop off
- Transportation to/from attractions
- Lockers for large items on Liberty Island (available for $2.00)
- Crown access
- Admission to the 9/11 Memorial Museum
- Tour guide for Statue/Ellis portion of tour
Know Before You Go
Start time subject to availability.
There is no need to confirm your reservation with the office.
The Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island section of the tour is self-guided.
Your guide will drop you off in Battery Park where you will board the ferry.
There is a decent amount of walking, please wear appropriate shoes.
Not wheelchair accessible.
Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately.
No weapons of any kind (including pocket knives, pepper spray, Swiss Army knives, etc.) can be brought to the Statue of Liberty. There is no place to check these items, please leave them at home.
Backpacks, strollers, and other large items are not allowed in the pedestal of the statue. Lockers are available for rental for $2.00 USD. Rentals are cash only (lockers fee not included).
Photography is allowed, however no monopods or tripods are allowed.
No food or drink (other than bottled water) is allowed in the pedestal.