Let an experienced Licensed Guide, who has an ancestor that worked on it, explain it all!
The Statue of Liberty, long associated as being a symbol of immigration. Inspired by the legend of the Colossus of Rhodes, there is way more to the tallest lady in New York City. All the symbolism, all the drama surrounding the construction and my great, great uncle worked on it.
We meet at the front of Castle Clinton in Battery Park. From there we will go through the security line then board a ferry boat to Liberty Island.
While on the island, all the mysteries of the symbolism of the Statue will be explained. We will stop at several places along the way for photo opportunities. I am no Richard Avidon but I can take a holiday card worthy photo, so don't be shy - ASK ME!
We will then board the ferry for a trip to Ellis Island, the main port of immigration into the United States, the peak years being 1892 through 1924. Over 12 million people became Americans on this island, which was in operation until 1954 when it was abandoned.
Then we will board another ferry for the trip back to Battery Park, where we end the tour.
If there is time remaining and you are up for some more adventure with me, we will tour parts of Lower Manhattan.
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: In front of Castle Clinton in Battery Park in Lower Manhattan.
End location: Battery Park in Lower Manhattan. HOWEVER, if there is time left and you are up for some more adventure with me, we will explore some of Lower Manhattan.
Duration: 5 hours 30 min.
Weather, traffic, time of year, the whims of Statue Cruises (the boats to Liberty and Ellis Islands) and the numbers of other people going to the statue can definitely affect the duration of this tour.
We have to use boats operated by Statue Cruises to get to the islands. We will be walking every where.
ME! An experienced local guide who loves this town and all that comes with it, including the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, and I love to show it off. I am with you the entire time.
The ticket to the island will most likely be a "Grounds Only" ticket. There are very few "Crown" tickets given out and usually it is sold out months in advance. There are more "Pedestal" tickets available but those too tend to get snapped up rather quickly as it allows the holder to access the museum. Given this, the chances are excellent for us getting "Grounds Only" tickets. Rarely does the maximum number of "Grounds Only" tickets get sold. Once you have booked the trip, I buy the tickets and try to get access to the pedestal for the museum.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
50 USD - This would be an estimated figure, but this would cover any souvenirs, food, beverage or anything you wish to purchase.
Any souvenirs, snacks, refreshments, medical or legal expenses, bail postings, donations to any entity (institution or individual) or admissions or fees involved with anything not on my tour.