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Instead of subscribing to the basic premise of any other tour - you know, sticking to the facts - this group tour by Take Walks is more into … storytelling. It works like this: you’re led by a cracking guide (exuberant doesn’t even begin to cover it) from New York to Liberty Island, where you’ll get up close to the Lady herself, climbing to the statue’s pedestal. Along the way, guides tell a wholly different version of events than the ones in the history books, along with some actual info about Lady Liberty and how she came to be. It’s your job to discern what’s fact and what’s fiction - and boy, will you have a grand old time doing it. Think of this as a hilarious antidote for information-fatigued tourists. This tour still delivers all the things you need to know about the statue, but it’s wrapped up in elaborate lies and therefore, it’s way more fun.
About your guide
New-ish to the NYC tour scene, Take Walks has quickly made a name for itself as one of the leaders in the city’s travel bizz. Take Walk’s biggest selling points? Their fun, insightful guides; privileged access to sites; and small group numbers.
Here’s the plan…
Meet your guide at Battery Park. From here, you’ll go through security and hop onto the ferry as quickly as possible, with your guide leading the way.
On the ferry over to Liberty Island you’ll hear some of the “legends” of New York Harbor and catch stunning views of Ellis Island and Lady Liberty. Once you’re on the island, you’ll head right to the front of the statue, learning some tidbits about her along the way - whether they’re true or not, though, you’ll have to see. Then, you’ll climb to the pedestal of Lady Liberty where you’ll see the inner bones of the statue and enjoy panoramic views of New York Harbor and city from the lookout. Keep your camera handy.
After some time at the pedestal, you’ll see more of the island - your guide peppering you with facts and fiction along the way. The tour finishes up on Liberty Island, and you can either head back to Manhattan on the first ferry with the guide, or hang on back at the island to explore a little more. This experience also includes free transfers at Ellis Island, and it’s definitely worth making the pitstop on the way back to Manhattan, if you’ve got the time.
Three hour guided tour on Liberty Island (but you can spend as long as you like exploring Ellis Island)Start time
11am (but you’ll need to meet 15-20 minutes beforehand)
Head to the front entrance of Pier A Harbor House (22 Battery Place) in Battery Park to meet the group fifteen minutes before the tour’s due to start. The meeting spot is to the right of the Statue of Liberty ferry and Castle Clinton.
The confirmation voucher includes Take Walk’s contact details. They’re a nice bunch, and will happily answer any logistical questions you may have. Please give the Take Walk’s team a call at least 24 hours before your experience to reconfirm the final details.The guide will meet the group 15 minutes before the tour starts (listed above). Unfortunately no refunds or re-bookings can be organised for late arrivals or no shows once the tour starts - so make sure you arrive on time.
This tour is best kept small, so groups won’t ever exceed 20 people.
This tour doesn’t include a visit to the Statue of Liberty's crown. However, punters will be able to access the statue’s pedestal, which is sectioned off from the general public.
To reach the pedestal, you’ll need to climb (and later descend) the 215 stairs from the lobby - so be prepared to get a bit of a (brief) sweat on.
All guests to the Statue of Liberty will need to pass through airport-style security before entry. Certain items are not permitted on Liberty Island and in the Statue of Liberty and, if you’re carrying any of these items on the day, they will be confiscated and won’t be returned. Ofcourse, all weapons are prohibited, and food and drinks are also not allowed inside the Statue of Liberty.
Upon arrival at Liberty Island, if you are carrying a backpack or large bags, you’ll be asked to put your bag/s into a locker. This will set you back $2.00 USD in bills only (no coins are accepted), so it’s a good idea to have the dollar bills for the lockers handy before the tour starts.
This tour runs rain or shine. The only exception is if the coast guard stops water traffic in New York Harbor due to adverse weather conditions (this is quite unlikely, though).
Ellis Island: A visit to Ellis Island is included in this tour. It’s completely self-guided (your guide will end their part of the tour back on Liberty Island) so you can stay as long as you wish, till the last ferry leaves at 5:15 pm.
Sorry team, but we will need you to print a paper version of your booking voucher to pass along to the Take Walks team on arrival (we're working on changing this). At this time no refund can be given for customers who rock up without a printed copy of their voucher - so don’t forget!
This tour’s pretty tongue-in-cheek and it’s better suited to older kids (13 years plus, we’d say) and adults.