VIP First Ferry Access Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island Tour


  • Be the first tour group of the day to access Liberty Island

  • Hear history come alive with your licensed New York City tour guide

  • Join a small group with of more than 25 people

  • See the famed NYC skyline with beautiful views of the harbor and Lady Liberty

  • Explore incredible artifacts (including the original torch!) and building plans at the Statue of Liberty Museum

  • Visit Ellis Island with personal time to explore

  • Deepen your visit to the Ellis Island Immigration Museum with the official audio guide


Hop aboard the very first boat of the day out to Liberty Island and avoid the crowds as you take in the history of this iconic American site with your local guide.

Please Note: only the earliest booking time has access to the first ferry

Tour info

4 hours
Group Size
Pricing (From)
Adult: (15-99 years)
Child: (2-14 years)
Infant: (0-1 years)
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Meeting Point

22 Battery Place, (Pier A Harbor House), New York City, New York, 10004, US

Dropoff location

Ellis Island, New York City, New York, 10004, US

Why take this tour?

Sail across the waters of New York’s harbor with special access to the first ferry of the day to Liberty Island. Learn the history of Lady Liberty and explore the Statue of Liberty Museum on this well-timed tour. Then, head to Ellis Island to discover the stories of the millions of immigrants who journeyed through this historic site. 

Begin your day at The Battery (formerly known as Battery Park) – the historical gateway to Lady Liberty. Then, board the earliest ferry of the day (earliest booking time), ensuring you avoid the swelling afternoon crowds, and sail away from Manhattan to greet the Statue of Liberty. 

It is here your guide will dive deep into the story of how Lady Liberty came to be. As you tour the island, your guide – an expert in setting the stage, creating the scene, and invoking your imagination – will share the incredible historical facts that fuel your understanding of just how important this monument truly is. Take in beautiful views of the famed New York skyline, the Brooklyn Bridge, and the surrounding environs. Wander through the Statue of Liberty Museum and stand mere feet from Lady Liberty’s original torch! 

After the Statue of Liberty, board the short ferry to Ellis Island – another mammoth site in the history of the United States. Your guide sets the tone with a brief introduction and provides recommendations on how to get the most from your visit. Then you can explore this special place at your own pace. Knowing how touching Ellis Island can be, we give everyone time to wander the site, enjoy the official audio guide, search the passenger records for family names, or pause for a quick bite to eat at the popular cafeteria. You are also welcome to return on the ferry with your guide.

Please Note: only the earliest booking time has access to the first ferry 

What’s included?

  • Local English-speaking guide

  • Expertly guided walking tour

  • First ferry of the day ticket (first tour time only)

  • Pre-reserved ticket to Statue of Liberty Island (exterior access))

  • Pre-reserved ticket to Ellis Island (includes Ellis Island museum)

  • Official audio guide on Ellis Island

  • Statue of Liberty Crown & Pedestal

  • Hotel Pick-Up / Drop-Off

  • Gratuities

Frequently asked questions

Things to know

Before you book

  • Only the earliest booking time has access to the first ferry.

  • This tour does not include access to the Statue of Liberty's Crown and Pedestal

Before you go

  • This tour is conducted in English only.

  • This is a walking tour. While there are stops along the way, guests should be able to walk at a moderate pace without difficulty.

  • The tour meeting time is 15 minutes prior to the tour start time. No refunds or re-bookings can be provided for late arrivals or no-shows after tour commencement or departure.

  • Please Note: only the earliest booking time has access to the first ferry

  • Due to circumstances beyond our control, sites may occasionally close. We make every effort to stay as close to the advertised itinerary as possible but substitutions/omissions may be necessary.

  • Upon arrival at Liberty Island bags and backpacks must be stored in a locker. Lockers are $2.00.

  • This tour does not include access to the Statue of Liberty's Crown.

  • Tips/gratuities (for your guide) are always appreciated.

  • You are required to go through airport-style security on this tour. No luggage, weapons, or food (except for water in a clear container) is allowed. Confiscated items will not be returned.

Covid Policy

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival

Cancellation Policy

    Cancellations received greater than 24 hours prior to tour commencement are fully refundable. Cancellations received within 24 hours of tour commencement are nonrefundable. Amendment requests are subject to availability and price changes. Late arrivals and no shows are nonrefundable. This is applicable to any tour participant that fails to arrive, or arrives after tour departure.

Redemption information

    Mobile tickets will be accepted

    Your voucher will be collected or scanned on redemption



Adult: (15-99 years)
Child: (2-14 years)
Infant: (0-1 years)


Adult: (15-99 years)
Child: (2-14 years)
Infant: (0-1 years)

About operator:

Walks (, began over a decade ago (2008, to be exact) in Rome, Italy. We quickly became the premier walking tour company in 7 countries - Italy, Spain, France, the UK, Greece, and Portugal. Our US cities include San Francisco, NYC, Boston, Chicago, and New Orleans.

In 2021, we joined The Hornblower Group ( expanding our reach and working alongside this powerhouse travel brand.

Our tour products vary but predominantly we #takewalks, exploring the world by foot - we believe, the best way to get into the heart of a city and its incredible people. From introductory strolls to food tours, day trips, cooking classes, and below the surface, in-depth tours, we have our hand in everything a traveler could want. Oh, and we also like to give our clients exclusive access to the biggest attractions in the world...

Despite the big changes in our brand over the years, our focus has remained simple - to relentlessly create tours with the client experience at the forefront and anchored upon the dedicated, intelligent, and above all, passionate local guides who want to share their cities with you.