If you have the time, a Statue of Liberty tour is surely something you should include in your New York itinerary! It’s the best way to fully explore the nation’s iconic landmark because you’ll get all important information and inside scoops from enthusiastic locals. As always, there is an abundance of Statue of Liberty tours which is why we’ve created an overview of our favorite ones.
Our Absolute Favorite Statue of Liberty Tours
Liberty Island Access
Pier A Harbor House
Details About Each Statue of Liberty Tour
1. Guided Tour of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island
This guided tour is one of the most thorough ways to visit the Statue of Liberty. Not only will you have access to Liberty Island, the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty as well as Ellis Island and its Immigration Museum but also have a guide with you to share the most interesting facts and stories with you and believe us, there are a ton! Our guide was extremely knowledgeable and made the tour super fun with her enthusiastic personality. You will meet the guide before the departure to the island, so he or she will be with you all the way! This Statue of Liberty tour is enjoying more than 1,000 positive reviews – a testament to its quality.
2. Statue of Liberty + One World Observatory
You’ll receive a headset to guarantee you don’t miss any important details. It also gives you the opportunity to be a few steps away from the tour guide. The tour completely covers admission for the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island and One World Observatory. You first start with visiting Liberty and Ellis Island before taking the ferry back to Manhattan where you will get to see the Financial District with its famous Wall Street and One World Observatory. On your way, you’ll also stop at the 9/11 Memorial. As this is a full-day tour, your guide will make sure to include a lengthy lunch break.
3. Statue of Liberty Tour + 9/11 Memorial & Museum
This guided Statue of Liberty Tour starts at Battery Park, where you’ll also get your first bits of information. After thoroughly exploring Liberty Island and Ellis Island for about 3 hours, you head back to Manhattan. Upon return to Battery Park, you’ll head to Ground Zero with the 9/11 Memorial and Museum where you’ll spend another hour with the tour guide, learning about New York’s history. This Statue of Liberty tour includes tickets for the ferry taking you to Liberty and Ellis Island as well as admission for the 9/11 Memorial Museum. You also have the option to upgrade to pedestal access.
4. Early Access Small Group Tour
This 4-hour Statue of Liberty Tour gives you early access to Liberty Island, meaning you can avoid the larger crowds by being one of the first groups to set foot on the island. Especially in the summer, this tour can be much more enjoyable than other tours. You’ll first head to Liberty Island to learn everything about Miss Liberty before heading to Ellis Island where your guide will explain New York’s immigration history to you. Feel free to ask any questions during this Statue of Liberty tour. This tour includes priority boarding for the ferry and pedestal access at the Statue of Liberty.
5. Twisted Statue of Liberty Tour
Do you want a more unconventional tour of the Statue of Liberty? Then the twisted tour is for you! Besides tickets for the ferry and pedestal access, this tour includes a live guide sharing insider stories about Lady Liberty with you. Did you know for example that the Statue of Liberty has a surprising nickname? There are a crazy number of myths about the Statue of Liberty that you’ll get to know on this tour. After the guided Statue of Liberty tour has ended, you can continue to Ellis Island and explore on your own.