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Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island Boat Cruise

New York, United States

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Secure your ticket in advance for this New York Harbor sightseeing cruise: prebooking will spare you the fuss of ticket-buying in Manhattan. Settle indoors or out on the 3-level Lady Liberty paddleboat and pass under the Brooklyn Bridge for views of the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, and Manhattan’s skyline, including One World Trade Center. Choose a departure to suit you and upgrade to add access to Liberty Island’s grounds.
  • Let New York Harbor’s sites come to you on a Lady Liberty paddleboat trip
  • Prebook to guarantee your ticket and save valuable vacation time
  • Sail by the Statue of Liberty, under Brooklyn Bridge, and past NYC’s skyline
  • Choice of departures and optional upgrade to add visit to Liberty Island
Set sail from NYC’s Pier 15 in the morning, cruising aboard a three-level paddle boat for the ride out into New York Harbor, passing beneath the iconic Brooklyn Bridge en route.

Then get an up-close look at the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, one of America’s original immigrant gateways, passing within 100 feet (30 meters) of these two NYC landmarks. On board your vessel you’ll also enjoy a range of indoor and outdoor seating, as well as a knowledgeable guide who will point out key sights from the water. Return back to Pier 36 at the end of the ride.
Pass By:  
South Street Seaport Museum
Boat starts at the South Street Seaport
Pass By:  
Manhattan Skyline
Take breathtaking photos of the NYC Skyline
Pass By:  
Brooklyn Bridge
See the Brooklyn Bridge
Pass By:  
World Trade Center's Liberty Park
Admire the Freedom Towers from deck
Pass By:  
Battery Park
Sail by Manhattan's Battery Park
Pass By:  
SeaGlass Carousel at The Battery
Take unobstructed photos of Battery Park
Stop At:  
Statue of Liberty
Capture amazing close-up photos of the Statue of Liberty from the water
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
Pass By:  
Ellis Island
Cruise close to Ellis Island
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What is the maximum group size during Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island Boat Cruise?
This activity will have a maximum of 200 travelers.

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Seeing the statue of liberty
, Feb 2020
Great trip. just under the hour we got great views of the statue of liberty, our guide was lovely and fun
icon Response from Host , Mar 2020
Thank you for taking the time to write the review
The whole thing
, Feb 2020
George the captain did a great job with history and explanations of the area and things we were passing by.
, Jun 2019
Excellent. Prior to visit, did not realize I had paid for two boat cruies. Was not overcrowded, able to get great views of Hudson River.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2019
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Great Tour, the “Crowd” was over bearing
, Jun 2019
Great Tour, staff was pleasant and amazing l! Fortunately the crowd that was on the tour with us was very overbearing and had no sense of personal space! They would lean on you, hit you and nearly knock you over just to get a picture. Not sure if it was just the cultural difference or what. Besides that the views were amazing
icon Response from Host , Jul 2019
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Average tour
, May 2019
This was an average tour that was quite disappointing when finished. The 60 minute timeline says approx. but from the time the boat moved to the time we docked was 40 minutes. So this means we actually out on the water for less than that. I felt we weren’t ever close to the 100 feet of the Statue of Liberty when cruising by. I did like that they slowed down when seeing each landmark but as an overall experience my family and I were very disappointed. On top of all that the first worker we approached when showing our tickets was extremely rude. I would not go on this tour again and I would definitely not recommend to anyone.
, May 2019
the cruise was great but the pier was totally unfoundable. It was not written on the voucher, we tried 3 differents piers before the right one and walk about 5km! Awful !
icon Response from Host , May 2019
Pier 15 is right next to south street seaport and is included in the voucher instructions. I am sorry you had a hard time finding it. I suggest maybe using google maps. I am happy you enjoyed the actual cruise. I think a 1 star revirw is not justified since you actually enjoyed the cruise and like it the tour.
I so appreciated the staff at the...
sandra m
, Mar 2018
I so appreciated the staff at the office! I had two elderly people in group of 17. We arrived 15 minutes before the office opened on a COLD morning. She allowed the two to come in and wait. Once it was officially open, we went in and redeemed the voucher and went back to wait. A few minutes before boarding a HUGE group of people arrived that packed the small room. The office lady came told one of my daughters she would let us board a little early and she did. As I watched the other group come aboard, we would have never been able to get the two elderly plus our 4 year old as well. THANK YOU, Viator for making our trip successful. The only complaint I might have was I did not realize we needed to be listening to our recorders BEFORE we left dock. Our guide was always way behind where we were so I was never really sure what I was looking at.
I ordered the boat cruise plus the...
Megan R
, Nov 2017
I ordered the boat cruise plus the statue of liberty and Ellis island tickets. Only after paying did I learn that they were seperate boat rides. I wish I would have waited and bought my tickets through the national parks service.
Very good tour, especially due to our...
Yosef R
, Sep 2017
Very good tour, especially due to our tour guide Bonnie!
The boat was overcrowded. We had...
Diane R
, Apr 2017
The boat was overcrowded. We had our 7, 5 and 2 year old granddaughters with us to show them the Statue of Liberty. The trip unfortunately was stressful due to a bus load of tourists boarding the boat and being overly aggressive with space and picture taking, including taking pictures of our girls

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