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Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island Guided Tour - Private

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Duration: 3hs Private Tour

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Follow in the footsteps of over 12 million foreigners seeking roads paved with gold in the New World on this tour of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. Explore these New York landmarks on a 3 hour private guided tour, following your guide on a walk through time when America embraced immigration more than ever.


The tour begins at Battery Park, one of the oldest parts of Manhattan. Here you’ll find the country’s first immigration center, Castle Garden Immigration Station, which operated until Ellis Island opened. Take a ferry to visit Liberty Island where the Statue of Liberty keeps an eye on incoming ships. You’ll learn all about Fort Wood, which now acts as the base for the statue, offered to the US by France in 1886. You’ll hear all about its creator, Bartholdi, as well as contributions by famed architect Gustave Eiffel, of Tower fame. Another ferry will whisky you across the water to Ellis Island. Here, millions of European newcomers wandered the very luggage rooms and registry rooms that you will enter, learning about the medical examines and surprising conditions faced by immigrants. Feel the fear at the separation stairs or the elation at the kissing post where families’ lives changed forever. You’ll end at the Wall of Honor, where you can search for your family’s name among the some 700,000 names commemorating those who entered the United States here. This tour is the ideal way to remember, and celebrate, the immigrants that contributed so much to America’s success.

Highlights Include: (But not limited to)

Battery Park

Castle Garden Immigration Station

Governors Island – the other forts

Liberty Island

Base of Fort Wood – Fort’s history

Inside – original torch

Bartholdi, construction, Eifel, Hunt, opening

Verrazano Bridge & immigrant journey

Ellis Island

Luggage room – first steps

Registry Room – medical exam, immigration process

Stairs of separation to the kissing post

Wall of honor

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