Skip-Line Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island Tour + Pedestal Ticket Upgrade

1436 Reviews | New York City, USA

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3 to 5 hours (Approx.)
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Keeping you safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
Regular temperature checks for staff
Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
A note about this tour
Face mask available for a $1 fee.Under World Travel & Tourism Guidelines, all guests must pass a Health Check before their tour start (which will ask if you have traveled from or through a COVID hotspot).


Visits to the Statue of Liberty National Monument and Ellis Island are musts in the Big Apple. On this guided tour, you get priority boarding on the ferry from Manhattan to visit the two important historical sites. Visit the grounds of Liberty Island and go inside the Statue of Liberty Museum. Then hop the ferry to Ellis Island and learn about the millions of people who arrived here between 1892 and 1954 in hope of living the American dream.

For the comprehensive 4 hour option, you will have Pedestal Monument access not offered with most other tours. Go inside the pedestal for a unique perspective from the observation deck and from inside the Statue. [Note Pedestal and Museum are closed in 2020 due to COVID]

For the Express 2 hour without Pedestal access, we will have an optimized itinerary to see both Islands fast with guided Liberty Island tour. You may stay as long as you wish after the tour.


  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • All entrance fees included
  • Instant Confirmation
  • Travel by boat and see the sights from the water



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Average 4.82 out of 5 stars based on 1436 verified reviews from Cool Destinations and TripAdvisor

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Horacio, Feb 2021 Verified
Nicola was extremely insightful and knowledgeable. He single-handedly made this experience/tour more memorable than expected. The tour itself was great, skipping the line was obviously great. If you’re thinking of booking a tour I would definitely recommend getting a guided tour as there is SO MUCH you can easily miss by not knowing the history of it. (If possible, ask for Nicola!).
Sandra, Oct 2020 Verified
Easy to find the starting point. Very accommodating of my mother’s wheelchair. Extremely knowledgeable. Took a better picture of my family in front of the Statue of Liberty than what was being sold by the professionals.
Michael D, Oct 2020 Verified
Our tour guide was Nicola. His instructions on meeting him were spot on. Nicola was remarkably knowledgeable, informative and extremely entertaining. My wife and I really enjoyed our two hour tour to the Liberty Island with him. Nicola gave us great tips on our tour of Ellis Island. I highly recommend him as your tour guide! The highlight of our tour was to personally meet the keeper of the light of the statue of liberty!Recommend to book your tour first thing in the morning as you beat the noon crowds. Liberty and Ellis Islands were desolate and our tour felt very private.
Sonja C, Sep 2020 Verified
Brian was a great tutor guide. He knows his stuff and was full of energy. I love how he incorporated the story of his great grandfather into the tutor. Thanks Again Brian!
mommydoc, Mar 2020 Verified
Corey was an amazing guide! He was so full of energy, information and charm! I love learning new things, and (even though I've been to the Lady before) he taught me some new things! I highly recommend this tour!
Diana F, Mar 2020 Verified
We booked a Statue of Liberty/Ellis Island Tour through Cool Destinations the second week of March, 2020. This was a small group of 12 with an outstanding tour guide. The tour guide was incredibly knowledgeable and pleasant. It was a real highlight of our New York visit.
Heidi S, Mar 2020 Verified
Cody was very knowledgeable and gave interesting talks. I highly recommend this tour. However I did not realize you had to have a ticket that needed to be purchased 4-6 months in advance to have access to the torch.
Clive D, Mar 2020 Verified
Great tour highly recommended Ben was a good tour guide amazing history a good day out .some great view of the Manhattan skyline from statue
Robert L N, Mar 2020 Verified
Everyone needs to see this piece of history. I would also recommend paying for a tour guide. Ben was our guide and was outstanding. He added so much to it and the fact he had researched his great-grandparents passage through Ellis Island was a huge +. Ben made the tour real personal and couldn’t have been more helpful. When you book this tour, ask for Ben.
Nivin Elbaathy, Mar 2020 Verified
Excellent tour with a very special guide Mr. John. He was very helpful and very professional in the same time. Thanks a lot Nivin El Baathy

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