Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island Tour: A Quintessential New York Experience

About this activity

Audio tour and entrance ticket
Audio tour in English
Route length: 4 miles
Duration 5h
Audio tours on your smartphone
After purchase, you will receive the link to download the app to take this tour
Control your experience
With the in-app audio guide, you decide when to start, pause, and finish your tour
No internet is required
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Tour preview

Hosted by Monika
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  • Explore the America's greatest symbol and historic immigration center with this in-app audio tour
  • Discover changing meanings of the Statue of Liberty and of being American throughout the past
  • Admire the unique architecture of the original immigration building, once the gate to America
  • Learn remarkable stories of immigrants from all over the world, their customs, and challenges
  • Touch the nose or foot of Lady Liberty's full-scale replica and feel for the scale of the statue
Welcome to one of the world's most famous and the most visited sights of all time, the Statue of Liberty. The symbol of freedom for all nations and a welcoming monument for millions around the world, "Liberty Enlightening The World" is truly a must-see attraction in New York City. This fantastic self-guided audio tour offers an unforgettable historical experience, giving you an insight into what it was to be an immigrant in America one hundred years ago and what it took to start a new life in America. This tour has two different parts: the first is the Statue of Liberty and the Liberty Island Grounds with a museum, and the second one is the Ellis Island Museum of Immigration located on nearby Ellis Island. You will get to Liberty Island from Manhattan's Battery Park via ferry with breathtaking views of the Manhattan skyline. The same ferry will take you later to Ellis Island, and you will have comprehensive audio guidance throughout the whole journey, from start to finish. The Ellis Island Museum tells the story of more than 12 million immigrants that entered America between 1886 and 1924 through New York and how the Statue of Liberty was a reassuring sign that they had arrived in the "promised land". Note! This tour is not affiliated with the Statue of Liberty Museum and the Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration but is provided by an independent creator. Tickets are included for the customers' convenience.

What's included

  • Self-guided audio tour for your smartphone on the WeGoTrip app
  • Detailed route from stop to stop with live GPS map on your smartphone
  • Round-trip ferry service from and to Battery Park
  • Entrance to the Statue of Liberty (grounds) and Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration
  • Earphones — you should bring your own
  • Food and drinks — purchase on your own at will
  • Entrance to the Statue Pedestal and the Crown
  • Earphones and smartphone are not included – bring your own
  • In-person tour guide
    • Your ticket is only good for the specific time and date printed on the ticket. You may cancel or reschedule the trip (based on availability) by calling at least 24 hours in advance.
    • To have enough time on both islands, choose a ticket not later than 1:00 PM.
    • It is best if you arrive not less than 30 minutes before your scheduled reserve time. The time on the ticket allows entry into the screening facility, not an actual vessel departure.
    • The American Family Immigration History Center, Bob Hope Library, and Temporary Exhibitions area are closed as of now.
    • Masks are required for security-check and for entering the ferry (must be worn at all times).
    • The tour is available only on the WeGoTrip app. This is a different app from the source or app you booked the tour if it's not WeGoTrip site or app
    • To ensure the quality of the download, please remember to do so before your visit
    • Please note that there is no staff at the meeting point or staff on site for this tour. You can start the tour at any time from the meeting point
    • An Android version 7.1+ or an iOS smartphone version 12+ is required for the audio guide. You will need around 100 MB of free space for the download
    • Please dress according to the weather to ensure a comfortable experience
    • All vessels are wheelchair accessible for your convenience
    • Authorized guides and service animals are welcome
    • Kids under 4 get in free, no ticket needed
    • The tickets are non-refundable
    • Voucher need to be show at the Castle Clinton box office before entering the venue to receive the official ticket
    • ///Read Tiqets' [Manhattan City Guide]( "Manhattan City Guide") for free
    • Mandatory airport grade security screening prior to boarding the vessel
    • Please check the [departure schedule]( prior to your visit
    • Getting There (Battery Park)
    • Metro: 1 to South Ferry (last stop); 4 or 5 to Bowling Green
    • Bus: M1, M6 or M15 to South Ferry (last stop)
    • Ferries depart approximately every 25 - 30 minutes from the New York departure point.
    • Please arrive approximately 30 minutes before scheduled reservation time. The time on the reserve ticket allows entry into the screening facility, not an actual vessel departure.
    • Please note that if you take the last boat you won't have time to visit the two islands
    • Due to changing availability, the timeslot you receive may be one hour later than the one you select
    • Show your smartphone voucher and exchanged it for a paper ticket at the Castle Clinton box office #6 (will call) in Battery Park

Places you will visit

The route of the tour goes within circle
Castle Clinton
Battery Park - Liberty Island, Manhattan
East Coast Memorial
East Coast Memorial, Manhattan

Attractions on the route

Download the app and the digital audio tour on your smartphone before the visit. You will find recommendations on how to get to the staring point in the first step of the tour. If you have any questions or need any assistance, please email us at
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Meet the host, Monika
On WeGoTrip since 2019
I am Monika, I'm a researcher, curator, historian and an author. I'm offering one-of-a-kind urban adventures in New York, my beloved city. I create tailor-made tours in 3 languages designed for you.

3 ratings & review

September 2022
Great tour, much easier than getting audio on site! Definitely remember this starts before you even board the ferry so I’ll be going back to the start to see some of the items. Clear and easy to navigate!

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