About Skip the Line: Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island
Don’t waste your precious vacation time in New York City in long ticket lines! The Skip the Line: Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island Walking Tour combines two of America’s must-see historical landmarks in one memorable morning of sightseeing in New York City. Accompanied by a knowledgeable local guide, you'll tour the city and enjoy a 1-hour cruise of New York Harbor. Though Liberty and Ellis Islands are closed indefinitely due to damages from Hurricane Sandy, this comprehensive tour continues to be the best way to enjoy these historic landmarks.
This exceptional New York City tour begins in Midtown Manhattan, where you will meet your guide and board the subway for the short journey to Battery Park. On your walking tour through Lower Manhattan, you'll discover the heartbeat of world finance of Wall Street and the New York Stock Exchange. Your professional, licensed guide will also visit the Trinity Church and St. Paul's Chapel with its stirring 9/11 rescue exhibits.
After bypassing the crowds through the priority access security line, you’ll swiftly board the ferry to Liberty Island, home of the world-famous Statue of Liberty. Your tour guide will provide commentary about the history, significance, construction and restoration of one of America’s most famed monuments, which was donated by the people of France in 1886.
On the 1-hour narrated harbor cruise aboard the official Statue of Liberty ferry, you'll experience the closest possible views of the Lady Liberty and Ellis Island for photos and sightseeing. You’ll learn from your knowledgeable guide the history of Ellis Island, the gateway for immigrants credited as the root of almost half the American population today.
In just over five memorable hours, you will view and learn about two of the most important historical landmarks in the United States, and enjoy wonderful views of the Manhattan skyline!
PLEASE NOTE: Liberty and Ellis Islands are closed indefinitely due to damage from Hurricane Sandy. Until the two islands re-open, the tour will view the Statue of Liberty up close by Statue Cruises ferry boats. Tour will not disembark onto Liberty or Ellis Islands and current itinerary details reflect that change.