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Guide to the
Statue of Liberty
and Ellis Island

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Lady Liberty's Story
The Statue of Liberty began as a romantic idea and became a symbol of America and of freedom, recognized around the world.
14 Weird Statue Facts
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Ellis Island
A short ferry ride from the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island is home to the National Museum of Immigration, the perfect add-on to your tour of Liberty Island.
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Where to buy tickets
Get timed-entry tickets for the ferry to Liberty Island and a tour of the Statue of Liberty.
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2.5 hours
Average time visiting the Statue of Liberty
Ferry Schedule
First ferry from Battery Park 9:00 AM
Last ferry from Battery Park 4:30 PM
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Statue Cruises Ferry
How to Get There

Only one ferry stops at Liberty Island. Learn how to get tickets, what they cost, and where to catch your ride.

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Cost to build the statue in France — about $5.8 billion in today’s money

Things To Do
Statue of Liberty Museum with tour guide
Statue of Liberty Museum

See exhibits about the statue’s history, meaning, and creation, including flames from the original torch. Read our museum guide.

Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration

Discover all three floors of the Ellis Island Immigration Museum, including interactive exhibits, passenger records, restored rooms, and more.

Statue of Liberty crown versus pedestal
Pedestal vs. Crown

The pedestal is 154 feet high and free to access with your ferry ticket. The crown is 246 feet up and requires advance tickets. Compare the views.

NYC skyline

From Liberty Island, you can admire the NYC skyline filled with skyscrapers and landmarks like the One World Trade Center.

Guided Statue of Liberty Tours
We offer two ways to see the Statue of Liberty: an express tour and our all-inclusive tour. Each tour is led by a New Yorker who's an expert on their city and its famous monument to freedom.
Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island Tour
Our award-winning tour, including visits to both Liberty and Ellis islands
  • Expert local guide
  • Timed-entry tickets
  • Ellis Island
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"This tour was so worth it! Nothing to worry about as far as lines, which boat to take, how to get into the attractions, when to arrive, when to leave, what to do, what not to do. All the stress was taken out of the excursion, especially for visitors who don't know NYC well."
– Jane
Statue of Liberty Express Tour
A guided visit to the Statue of Liberty that fits your busy schedule
  • Expert local guide
  • Timed-entry tickets
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"Nicola was a wonderful tour guide and consistently provided insight on not only the Statue of Liberty grounds, but also on New York altogether. We took his advice on food, travel, and other sights to see after our 2 hour tour. He made our trip to NY complete."
– Jeremiah
Travel Guides
Wall of Honor
Immigrant Wall of Honor on Ellis Island
The American Immigrant Wall of Honor on Ellis Island honors the millions of people who immigrated to America, both before and after the creation of Ellis Island's immigration station. Here's everything you need to know for your visit.
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foot of the Statue of Liberty
14 Weird Statue of Liberty Facts You Never Knew
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statue of liberty at sunset
Lady Liberty's Torch: How to See It and Why It Matters
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Best Times to Visit the Statue of Liberty
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