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Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island
The Statue of Liberty is one of the world's most renowned images and one of America's most beloved landmarks. This delightful tour allows you to stand at the base of 'Lady Liberty' and learn all about the history of this iconic Statue. Your tour also includes a visit to the Ellis Island Museum where you will surely catch the spirit of the important role this island played in American history.
Boarding your coach at the pier, it's a brief transfer to Battery Park, which lies at the Southern tip of Manhattan. Here, you will board the ferry and take in the sites of New York Harbor, including beautiful views of the city, Brooklyn and its famous Bridge, Staten Island, New Jersey and the Manhattan skyline in the distance. Your first stop will be Liberty Island for a walk around the base of the magnificent Statue of Liberty (the tour does not include an interior visit of the Statue). Your tour guide will provide detailed information about 'Lady Liberty', its completion in 1886 and its unique history. Stand in awe as you look up and see what so many saw as their first sight of a new life in America. During your visit, you will be allowed a brief amount of free time to visit the gift shop and enjoy some of the exterior exhibits.
Re-boarding the ferry, you will continue on to Ellis Island, another National Historic Landmark. Ellis Island was the main immigration center for the United States from 1892 until World War II. Today, it is an exceptional museum detailing all the different aspects of immigration and its effects on a growing and industrializing nation. It also is intertwined with the history of New York, as being a port city of commerce, the immigrants constantly changed the city with their dreams of prosperity. More than 12 million immigrants were processed at the island and today, over 40% of Americans can trace some part of their ancestry back to Ellis Island. Many people use the resource room there to research their ancestors and the vessels they came in on. Enjoy over an hour of free time to independently explore the museum, souvenir shops and cafés before boarding the ferry back to Battery Park.
During your coach transfer back to the ship, your guide will provide commentary and point out landmarks and points of interest.
Need to Know:
Note: This tour includes moderate walking from the ferry terminals to the Statue and the Museum. The tour is available to guests who utilize a wheelchair are able to make their way on and off the coach and sit in a coach seat. Those guests with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of ability and stamina. Because the temperature on the water can be much cooler, it is recommended that tour participants bring a light weight jacket or dress in layers. Casual clothing and comfortable, flat walking shoes are suggested. Restrooms are available at each location and on the ferry. Guests must pass through an airline-style security check before being allowed to board the ferry. Food and beverage venues are available at both locations. The order of the sites visited or viewed may vary.
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Scenic & City Tours
Tours with this activity level involve a considerable amount of physical activity such as substantial walking over cobblestone streets, uneven or steep terrain, climbing stairs, or extended periods of standing. Not recommended for guests with physical limitations. Comfortable, sturdy shoes are recommended.
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