Take an opportunity to get a 360-degree experience of not one but two of America's most iconic sites on an Ellis Island & special access Statue of Liberty tour. You'll learn the story of Lady Liberty as you get special access to her pedestal and enjoy stunning views over New York Harbor. Then take a fully guided tour of Ellis Island to learn the history of European immigration to America.
This Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island tour is the perfect way to learn about the history of European immigration to America, while visiting one of the country's most iconic national symbols.
Your day begins early with pre-reserved ferry tickets, getting you onto one of the first ferries heading to Liberty Island. That means that during your Statue of Liberty tour, you'll beat the worst of the crowds and be one of the first groups to reach the Statue. Your guide will lead you on a tour of the island, telling you the story of how the statue came into the world in fits and starts, the project almost coming to ruin numerous times. Then on to the Statue Museum, located inside the base of the Statue Pedestal, where you'll find the original glass torch and some cool displays about the building of Lady Liberty.
Your Statue of Liberty tour continues with special access to the Pedestal. Prepare yourself; it's 215 steps to the top - but it's worth every one. As you climb, you'll be able to see the interior metalwork of the Statue, then emerge at the top for arguably the best view in NYC. From here you'll get panoramic views back over the city, its bridges, and the nearby Ellis Island and Governor's Island.
For the second part of the tour you'll take the ferry with your guide over to Ellis Island, for a deep dive into the history of American immigration. Ellis Island was the first place that some 12 million European immigrants set foot on American soil, though as you'll learn on your tour, not all of them went further. Hear stories of second chances and heartbreak, new lives begun and families torn apart, as you see famous parts of Ellis Island's processing centers (now a Museum) like the "Stairs of Separation" the famous "Kissing Post".
When your tour ends you are free to hop back on the ferry with your guide, ending back in Battery Park; or you continue your exploration of Ellis Island. The Museum here is one of the most interesting in NYC, extremely well-curated with video and audio content, and interactive displays. It also includes a special section to help visitors locate the records of any ancestors that were processed here.
New York City
New York City is a captivating, awesome, and glamorous empire. There are countless museums, theaters, restaurants, parks and towering skyscrapers. It is a shopping capital of the world. In midtown Manhattan are most of the designer boutiques; Fifth and Madison Avenues are locations of such world-renowned department stores as Bergdorf Goodman, Lord & Taylor and Saks Fifth Avenue. FAO Schwartz is one of the largest toy stores in the world. New York is also a world-class culinary experience - with pockets of ethnic restaurants: Chinatown, Little Italy, Little India and Little Brazil. The famous Statue of Liberty sculpture symbolizing the American Dream can be reached by ferry from Battery Park. Once the first stop for over 12 million immigrants, Ellis Island now houses the Museum of Immigration, including the American Immigrant Wall of Honor. The Art Deco Empire State Building is one of the world's best-loved skyscrapers with two observation decks. Also take time to visit the Chrysler Building, Radio City Music Hall, and St. Patrick’s Cathedral.
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