• Statue of Liberty Tours

Planning Your Trip

Accessibility

All of the Ferries are wheelchair accessible. Personnel are available to assist those visitors that require the use of a wheelchair. After arriving at Battery Park or Liberty State Park, please ask to speak to the Ticket Office Manager, who will then have the appropriate personnel assist with entry inside the screening facility as well as boarding the ferry. In addition, once the visitor is on either Liberty or Ellis Island the personnel will assist with boarding the vessels for the ride back to the departure point.

Wheelchairs are available at both Liberty and Ellis Islands, but are very limited in number and are offered on a first-come, first-served basis.

Wheelchair accessible areas include the grounds of Liberty Island as well as the Information Center, Concessions and all Security Screening Areas. In addition, the lobby of the Pedestal in which the Statue of Liberty stands, the Statue of Liberty Museum, and the lower promenade including Ft. Wood are also wheel chair accessible. The pedestal observatory platform includes the use of an elevator. For assistance, please contact any National Park Service employee, U.S. Park Ranger, or U.S. Park Police Officer. The Crown of the Statue of Liberty is not wheelchair accessible.

Although pets are not allowed aboard Statue Cruises vessels or in the park, guide and assist animals are welcome.

At Battery Park in Lower Manhattan: Battery Park does not have designated handicap parking. However, there are private parking lots available close by, but are limited in number. There are Handicapped accessible restrooms within the Castle Clinton National Monument. Castle Clinton is located in the heart of Battery Park and is also where the Will Call Window is located. You will find the Ferry Boarding and Security Screening area located next to Castle Clinton.

At Liberty State Park, Jersey City, NJ: There is designated handicap parking at Liberty State Park. In addition, there is plenty of public parking close by Liberty State Park for a fee. The walkways to the Ferry boarding area are level. Handicapped accessible restrooms are also located within Liberty State Park.

At Liberty Island: All outdoor walkways are paved and level. If you have Crown or Pedestal Tickets, the observation level at the pedestal can be reached by elevator. Handicapped access to the museum, exhibits and Fort Wood promenade, via elevator, is available. The Crown is not wheelchair accessible. Videos are closed-captioned. The restrooms, which are wheelchair accessible, are located in the monument and the concessionaire building. Food and gift service areas on Liberty and Ellis Islands can accommodate all visitors. In addition, an assisted-listening portable induction loop system is available at the information center.

Food & Beverages

There is a concession stand on the Ferries that sell snacks and beverages. In addition, there are also concession stands and gift stores on both Liberty and Ellis Island. The cafes on Liberty and Ellis Island offer international and American food. There is seating inside and outside and the café on Ellis Island overlooks the Immigrant Wall of Honor and Lower Manhattan which offers breathtaking views.

Also, you can take your own food to the islands and enjoy a picnic, but large coolers will not be permitted past security.

Park Programs

Both the Statue of Liberty National Monument and the Ellis Island Immigration Museum often have ongoing special exhibits, as well as special programs and tours, that may be offered on the day you visit. Make sure to check with rangers on Liberty and Ellis Island for that day's information. Please note that the only way to determine what is being offered on the day of your visit is by speaking to the rangers on Liberty and Ellis Island—there is no number or email address which will provide this information to you. Below are a list of some of the activities that are usually offered on Liberty Island and Ellis Island. It's best to get to the islands earlier in the day so that you have the opportunity to take advantage of such activities.

Liberty Island Activities:

Audio Tour: Statue of Liberty audio tours are also offered. The narrated audio tours of the Statue of Liberty will help visitors learn about the Statue while walking around Liberty Island. For those visitors with Monument or Crown Reservations, the tour has a component designed to supplement your interior visit. Tours are available in nine languages (English, Italian, French, German, Spanish, Mandarin, Russian, Arabic, and Japanese).

A separate audio tour is geared to children younger than 10, using animal character guides to draw kids more fully into the experience. The special children's audio tour is offered in five languages (English, Spanish, French, Italian and German).

The Audio Tour is now free of charge and comes with every Official Statue of Liberty or Ellis Island Ticket that we offer.  You will not need to add anything in the order to secure an Audio Tour, other than buying a reguarl ticket.  It is understood by the National Park Service that you will receive the Audio Tour once you have begun the tour.  

Park Ranger-led Tours: The tour lasts approximately 45 minutes and provides visitors with a unique experience. The tour explains the conception, construction, and restoration of one of the world's greatest monuments.  Park Rangers will provide answers to many questions you may have. Tours are free and the daily schedule is posted at the Information Center on Liberty Island. If you plan on going on the park Ranger-led tour then please check with the Information Center upon arrival for the scheduled times. The tour leaves from the Liberty Island Flagpole (see any uniformed ranger or officer for directions).

Ellis Island Activities:

Audio Tour: Ellis Island audio tours are also offered. The narrated audio tours of Ellis Island guide visitors through all three floors of the Immigration Museum. The tour provides first-hand accounts of immigrants who passed through the facility. Optional material includes interviews with historians and archaeologists involved with Ellis Island's restoration. Tours are available in nine languages (English, Italian, French, German, Spanish, Mandarin, Russian, Arabic, and Japanese).

A separate audio tour is geared to children younger than 10, using animal character guides to draw kids more fully into the experience. The special children's audio tour is offered in five languages (English, Spanish, French, Italian and German).

The Audio Tour is now free of charge and comes with every Official Statue of Liberty or Ellis Island Ticket that we offer.  You will not need to add anything in the order to secure an Audio Tour, other than buying a regular ticket.  It is understood by the National Park Service that you will receive the Audio Tour once you have begun the tour.  

Documentary Film: The award-winning documentary, "Island of Hope, Island of Tears", is shown in two 140-seat theaters. Each presentation lasts 45 minutes. A park ranger gives a 15-minute introduction before the 30-minute film. Get your free tickets from the Ellis Island information desk. Please sign up at the Information Desk at Ellis Island—we do not take reservations over the phone or online.

Ferry Building Tour: The old Ferry Building opened to tourists in 2007 following an extensive renovation. Today the building houses an exhibit focusing on public health issues in immigrants. This hour-long tour exposes visitors to the "Future in Balance: Immigration, Public Health and the Ellis Island Hospitals" exhibit. The subject matter of the exhibit is the United States Public Health Service and immigrant illnesses. You will need to sign up for this tour, because spaces are limited. This tour is only available on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and some weekends at 11:30 AM and 2:30 PM. Please sign up at the Information Desk at Ellis Island—we do not take reservations over the phone or online.

Genealogy Program: If you want to research the immigration history of your family, Ellis Island is the place to start. The genealogy workshop, which is organized by the National Park Service and the National Archives, will help prepare you for the task. You will learn how to trace your family history. It is a free service open to all Ellis Island Museum visitors. The program is offered from March to October. Please go to the Information Desk at Ellis Island for more information.

Live Hearings: At the Hearing Room, you will find free live hearings that call for audience participation. After you hear accounts of Ellis Island immigrant hearings, you help decide the verdict of the trial. These live hearings give you a chance to learn about the immigrant policy of the 1900's. Please ask the information desk at Ellis Island about schedule details.

Museum Walking Tour: This free tour last about 45 minutes and National Service Park Rangers lead them. Handicapped visitors are accommodated. You do not need tickets for the walking tours. They start at the top of the hour. Please ask the information desk for details—that's where the tours begin too

Theatrical Presentation: A 30-minute theatrical presentation covers immigrant accounts of the journey to the New World. Offered each day from spring to fall, it features professional actors and is brought to audiences through the collaborative work of the Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island Foundation, Inc., and the National park Service. Please ask the information desk for details--the fee is $6.00 for this activity. Please sign up at the Information Desk at Ellis Island—we do not take reservations over the phone or online.

Security

Security is managed by the United States Park Police and the below rules are strictly enforced.

  • Visitors to the Park are required to submit to airport style security screening before boarding vessels. Visitors to the Crown and Monument undergo additional security screening.
  • All persons and property are subject to search on Liberty Island. All items considered inappropriate or prohibited will be confiscated and retained by the United States Park Police.
  • Large bags are not allowed on Liberty or Ellis Islands
  • There are no locker facilities at the New York and New Jersey departure points.
  • There are locker facilities on Liberty Island for visitors.
  • Backpacks, strollers and large umbrellas are not permitted in the Monument.
  • Food (even unopened) and drinks (including water) are not allowed inside the Statue of Liberty.
  • All weapons are prohibited, including: Firearms, explosives or flammables, knives or sharp objects (including tools), pepper spray and mace.

Tour Combinations and Durations

The below table is only meant as a guide and represents the amount of time that the tour indicated in the left most column takes to complete from start to finish. Because the tours are at the pace of the tour taker, the below times/durations are only meant as a guide and represent the average time it takes to complete the tour. Depending on the conditions and how quick the tour taker moves, the tour can be completed in less or more time.

The 3rd and 4th column simply indicate the latest Ferry a visitor should take in order to complete the tour based on the average amount of time indicated in the 2nd column.

Tour Plan For Last Boarding from NY Last Boarding from NJ
Statue of Liberty Monument/Audio + Ellis Island Audio 5.5 hrs 10:30am 10:00am
Statue of Liberty Monument/Audio + Ellis Island Ferry 5.0 hrs 11:15am 11:15am
Statue of Liberty Monument + Ellis Island Audio 5.0 hrs 11:15am 11:15am
Statue of Liberty Monument + Ellis Island Ferry Only 4.5 hrs 11:15am 11:15am
Statue of Liberty Audio + Ellis Island Audio 4.5 hrs 11:15am 11:15am
Statue of Liberty Audio + Ellis Island Ferry Only 4.0 hrs 12:00pm 11:15am
Statue of Liberty Ferry + Ellis Island Audio 3.5 hrs 12:45pm 12:30pm
Statue of Liberty Ferry + Ellis Island Ferry Only 3.0 hrs 12:45pm 12:30pm
Ellis Island with Audio 2.0 hrs 2:15pm 1:30pm
Ellis Island Ferry only 1.5 hrs 3:00pm 2:45pm
Statue of Liberty with Monument and Audio 3.0 hrs 12:45pm 12:30pm
Statue of Liberty with Monument 2.5 hrs 1:30pm 12:30pm
Statue of Liberty with Audio 2.0 hrs 2:15pm 1:30pm
Statue of Liberty Ferry Only 1.0 hrs 3:00pm 2:45pm

Please note that the first boat departs from both Battery Park and Liberty State Park at:

  • 8:30 AM between Memorial Day and Labor Day (Late May through the Beginning of September)
  • 9:00 AM between Labor Day and Columbus Day (Beginning of September through Early October)
  • 9:30 AM between Columbus Day and Memorial Day (Early October through Late May)

Please note that the last Ferry that will allow you enough time to see both the Statue of Liberty AND Ellis Island is the 1:30 PM ferry. The 2 O'clock ferry departure will not allow you enough time to see both islands. You will have to pick one or the other

What to Wear

Please dress for the season when visiting the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island while keeping in mind that you will be walking a lot. You will want to dress comfortably and as you will be walking a decent amount, you will want to wear comfortable shoes. In the summer months, New York can get in the mid 90s and usually has high humidity so dress appropriately. In the winter months expect temperatures below 32 degrees Fahrenheit.