Everything you need to know about navigating New York Harbour

With so many choices available, it’s often difficult choosing how to travel around the Big Apple. With Liberty Island and Ellis Island key tourist hotspots, here’s three of the best ways that I found of navigating New York Harbour to get a unique perspective on both landmarks.

Statue Cruises Ticket Options:

From the Battery Park kiosk you can purchase tickets to visit the Statue of Liberty National Monument and the Ellis Island National Immigration Museum.

However, if you want guaranteed access to the Statue of Liberty Crown and Pedestal then you must book in advance.

Audio tours are included with every ticket purchase.

New York Pass grants you a free Ferry ride that will take you to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, but does not include access inside the Statue of Liberty.

Crown reserve ticket:

  • Access to the Crown of the Statue of Liberty
  • Priority entry into the security facility
  • Access to the grounds of Liberty Island and Ellis Island
  • Audio tours of Liberty and Ellis Island

Prices
Adult: $21.50 | Senior 62+: $17 | Child 4-12: $12

Pedestal reserve ticket:

  • Access up to the Fort Wood section of the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty.
  • Priority entry into the security facility
  • Access to the grounds of Liberty Island and Ellis Island
  • Audio tours of Liberty and Ellis Island

Prices
Adult: $18.50 | Senior 62+: $14 | Child 4-12: $9 | Child (0-3): Free

Reserve ticket:

  • Access to the grounds of Liberty Island and Ellis Island
  • Priority entry into the security facility
  • Audio tours of Liberty and Ellis Island

Prices
Adult: $18.50 | Senior 62+: $14 | Child 4-12: $9 | Child (0-3): Free

Hard hat reserve ticket:

  • Round trip ferry transportation
  • Access to the grounds of Liberty Island and Ellis Island
  • Audio tour of Liberty and Ellis Island
  • 90-minute guided tour of the south side of Ellis Island (exclusive to Hard Hat Tour)
  • “Unframed – Ellis Island”, an art exhibit by French artist JR.

Prices
Adult: $53.50 | Senior: $49.00

Tickets can be purchased online, over the phone or in person at ticketing windows in the Castle Clinton National Monument inside Battery Park, New York or Liberty State Park, Jersey City, New Jersey.

Access to Ellis Island is included with all ticket options and ferries depart from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. approximately every 20-35 minutes.

Staten Island Ferry: (FREE)

New York City Water Taxis

New York Pass holders have a free ALL Day Access Pass, which is valid from 10am – 6pm on the day of purchase (more on the New York pass in another post).

Piers:

Pier 79, West 39th Street
Battery Park, Slip 6
Pier 11, Slip A
Pier 1 – Brooklyn Bridge Park, DUMBO
Red Hook Dock
Ikea Dock

Prices
Adult: $31.00 | Child: $19.00
Duration: 90 minute ride (includes a guide)

You also have the option to choose from many tickets, but I recommend buying the All-Day Access Pass. This will allow you to customise your itinerary by either doing the complete loop in 70-minutes, or hopping on and off as many times as you like during the day.

Prices (All-Day Access Pass):

Adult: $35.00 | Child: $21.00

Great news! There’s a sale on this September giving you 15% off 2, 3, 5, 7 and 10 day New York passes.

 

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