With summertime here, now is the perfect time to take a visit to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. These historic sites represent the immigrant journey and what it truly means to be an American. These two places are some of the most visited in New York City and the entire country and 365Tickets USA has some tips for you.
Thanks to Walks US, you can spend four hours on this tour that takes you to both Liberty Island and Ellis Island. You’ll leave from Battery Park in lower Manhattan, but not before you stop by some other monuments along the way. Walks US limits their tours to a 20-person maximum so you’ll have an intimate experience.
As these tours leave early in the morning, you’ll have priority boarding at one of the many ferries in Battery Park. All you have to do is arrive and everything else is taken care of. You’ll arrive at the Statue of Liberty before the crowds which will give you a look that few get. With the tour of the statue, you’ll also be granted special access to the pedestal. Guests must be able to walk up and down 215 steps for this tour.
Due to National Park regulations, no visitor to the Statue of Liberty can access the crown. This is due to security measures currently in place. Airport like security will also be found when arriving at the Statue of Liberty. Certain items are prohibited and will be confiscated and not returned. Once you arrive at Liberty Island, if you are carrying a backpack or large bag, you will have to store it in a locker. Lockers are available for $2 and only accept bills as a form of payment.
From the Statue of Liberty, you will board another ferry, bound for Ellis Island. There is a ton to see and do at Ellis Island.
You’ll want to bring scratch paper and a pencil. Why? There is a wall on the island that lists every traveler who went through Ellis Island. You can scratch their name from the wall and onto the paper and have a memorable keepsake of your ancestor who traveled through their on their way to a new life.
While you are at Ellis Island, you and your tour guide will explore the entire immigration process. Take a journey through the Stairs of Separation. The island had two very different names, The Island of Hope and the Island of Tears. You and your group will explore the various displays and your tour guide will answer any and all questions.
If you aren’t ready to leave Ellis Island, you can stay on the island for as long as you like, no need to ride back with your guide. This tour fully covers you with the guide, fully guided tours of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, all your ferry tickets, priority ferry boarding from Battery Park, and promises to be kept intimate with less than 20 people.
Ready to fully immerse yourself in the history of America? Head over to 365Tickets USA to book your Ellis Island and Statue of Liberty experiences today.
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