Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island and the Immigration Museum
About the Lady
Our first stop will be the Statue of Liberty where we will start with a walking tour of the grounds
to get some great close-up views of Lady Liberty. We will stop for pictures along the way, and we'll have the chance to discover the history of this popular mantled Lady
-- Why does she stand towering in the middle of the bay?
We will have a chance to find out all the important facts from her color and height to her symbolic meaning and her journey to America. At the end of the walk, it's possible to stop at the gift shop where we can also find the cafe and restrooms.
The "Visiting the Pedestal" or "Visiting the Crown" Add-on:
With the 5-hour Tour, we can visit the Statue of Liberty Museum
and “climb” the stairs to a panoramic balcony located
at the top of the Statue's Pedestal. Due to its popularity, the access to the pedestal is limited and must be reserved far in advance.
Please note, that although there is an elevator operating to the top of the pedestal, it does not cover the complete ascend, there will still be a few steps before and after the elevator ride. The elevator must be operated by Rangers, it requires special permission, and sometimes it might not be available. So, be ready for the possibility of having to walk the entire way to the top of the pedestal.
The total number of steps from the lobby to the top is 215. The pedestal add-on is not recommended to people with mobility issues.
Similar to the Pedestal add-on, it's also possible to request the Crown Access
as part of the tour. Please note that access to the Crown sells out easily even 5 to 6 months in advance.
The total number of steps from the lobby to the top of the crown is 354, the equivalent of 20 stories. Please note that after the first 200 steps to the pedestal, the staircase becomes a very small, very narrow, with very low ceilings, spiral staircase. The Crown add-on is not recommended to people with mobility issues or people that might be claustrophobic.
After our first stop at Liberty Island, we will re-board the ferry to reach Ellis Island, also known as the popular Immigration Hub for New York City from 1892 to 1954. Over 12 million people were processed in Ellis Island during those years, and it’s said that over 40% of Americans can trace their origins back to Ellis Island. While visiting the museum, we will have a chance to discover what the immigration process was like for each person passing through Ellis Island. We will talk about the 2 mandatory inspections, what the requirements were to be admitted to the States, how many people got sent back during those 60 years of operation and even read some actual testimonies. We will have the chance to talk about history, immigration, New York of the late 19th and early 20th century and what it meant for millions of Immigrants to become American and live in New York City.
Only if time allows it, after our Tour of the Statue and Ellis Island and once back to Battery Park, we can spend the remaining time visiting Wall Street and other iconic spots around the Financial District.
All days, Year-round