Lower Manhattan: Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, & 9/11 Memorial
New York, New York, USA
- Guided tour: Enjoy insider information on points of interests along the way, and get the scoop on New York’s history. You’ll be accompanied by expert local guides to tell the fascinating tales behind these landmarks.
- Early risers: Your day starts bright and early at Battery Park, where you’ll board one of the first ferries to Liberty Island. Nothing quite like beating the crowds!
- Statue of Liberty: With your special access, you’ll get to the top of Lady Liberty and enjoy mesmerizing views of the Manhattan skyline.
- Ellis Island: We’ll embark on a short journey, aboard ferry, to Ellis Island Immigration Center. Here, you’ll learn insider information of its history from a local guide.
- Skip the line at 9/11 Memorial Museum: We’ll start our 9/11 Memorial tour at St. Paul’s Chapel, where friends and family members gathered to hear news of loved ones and offered each other support. Then, we’ll visit the Reflection Pools and hear stories of heroism and tragedy.
- Survivor Tree: Be mesmerized by the fascinating Survivor Tree, whose rehabilitation and rebirth has become a symbol of resilience for New Yorkers.
About This New York Tour
It might be the global headquarters of the U.S. stock market, where people are always looking to predict the future, but Lower Manhattan is rich with history as well. This tour, which combines our Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island tour with our 9/11 tour, helps you uncover that history and see how it shapes the future.
You'll start your exploration at Battery Park. Priority access to the Liberty Island ferry means you'll get to Lady Liberty without the long wait time she usually requires. Your tour guide will explain her history and provide some interesting background on France's most famous gift to the U.S.
After catching a glimpse of her soaring torch lighting the way to freedom, 20th century immigrants moved to a less majestic but equally historic place – Ellis Island. At this cavernous hall, your guide will help you understand the experiences of people who came here desperately seeking a new beginning, often at the expense of family, friends and the normal lives they had known in their home country.
Decades later, New Yorkers had to face another new beginning – one with a smoldering pile of debris where one of Lower Manhattan's crown jewels, the World Trade Center, once stood. Though you'll visit the reflecting pools of the memorial and see twisted steel and concrete chunks at the museum, to really understand what happened that fateful day, you need a local perspective like the one your guide provides.
Learning this background information while visiting ground zero and other sites of 9/11 helps you make sense of a day that defined a generation. More importantly, it helps you understand how this remarkable city was able to carry on and push forward from this tragedy – the way it always has.
The Little Church that Stood
St. Paul's Chapel in Lower Manhattan on Broadway is New York's oldest church. It was built in 1766 and soon after became a frequent place of worship for founding fathers like George Washington. Besides its age, the chapel is also known for its durability – it survived two major fires, including the Great Fire of 1776 that destroyed a quarter of Manhattan. Centuries later, despite standing just 3 blocks away from the World Trade Center, St. Paul's did not suffer even a single broken window on 9/11.
Morning Tour: Meet at the front entrance of Pier A Harbor House, 22 Battery Place, in Battery Park, (right of Statue of Liberty ferry & Castle Clinton). Afternoon Tour: Meet in front of St Peters Church (intersection of Barclay & Church Street).
As in many cities, keep your wallet or purse secured and leave the bling behind. You have to pass through airport-style security. Prohibitive items are confiscated and not returned. There is a locker for your backpack at Liberty Island; bring only essentials.
St Paul's Chapel is closed on Tuesdays & Thursdays for renovations and may also be closed on other dates. When closed, you'll tour the grounds and substitute the inside visit for additional sites important to the events of 9/11 but not normally covered on the tour.
The ferry does not operate during heavy rain or other adverse weather conditions; when this occurs, an alternative option is provided.
9/11 Memorial Museum is non-guided with 5pm entry. An average visit takes approximately two hours.
Expect a full-day of walking and standing and 215 stairs to climb/descend from the Statue lobby. Some portions are conducted at a steady pace, others are at your leisure. This tour is not suitable for travelers with limited mobility or wheelchair users.
Walking Tour, Cultural, Full Day
Reserved 5 PM timed-entry 9/11 Museum tickets (non-guided)
Fully guided Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island Museum tour
Pedestal Tickets for Statue of Liberty
All ferry tickets between Battery Park, Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island
Priority ferry boarding from Battery Park, Statue of Liberty
Tour Participation Requirements
This experience is rated moderate. Full participation may require extended periods of walking over even and uneven surfaces, steep terrain and/or water activity in a slight current. There may be steps, inclines, cobblestone surfaces, and extended periods of standing. Participants with physical limitations should take this into account.
Suitable for all ages.
Special Medical Restriction
You must be able to climb and descend 215 stairs from the Statue lobby to the top of the pedestal. Strollers are not permitted.
You will need to pass through airport-style security to enter the Statue of Liberty and the 9/11 Memorial Museum. Only bags/backpacks/packages no larger than 16 inches high by 18 inches long will be permitted.
Full refunds issued for cancellations made 7 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 7-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.
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