The Immigrant Experience: Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, & Downtown Food Tour

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  • 3 hr

Come along with us as we explore New York City’s rich immigrant history from past to present! Part of the reason that NYC is known for being one of the most diverse and colorful cities on the planet is the robust immigration communities throughout the city, some having established themselves many decades ago and some more recent. You’ll enjoy 3 different ferry rides through New York Harbor as you visit 2 of the most well-known immigration icons in the world: the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island (where you may be able to look up your own immigrant ancestors in their registry records!). After exploring the immigrant experience of the past, your guide will lead you on a modern foodie adventure through the Financial District. You’ll hear stories of modern immigrants and taste a variety of dishes. At the end of your tour, you’ll be full of inspiration and delicious treats!

Itinerary Details

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Stop At: United States Custom House

Your tour begins at the Alexander Hamilton US Custom House. Named after one of the most well-known founding fathers and where immigrants have historically come to “get the job done.”

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Battery Park

We’ll start our tour with a stroll through Battery Park. On the southern tip of Manhattan, this park was the original destination for immigrants before the more well-known Ellis Island facility opened in the 1890’s.

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Statue of Liberty

We’ll hop on a ferry and make our way over to the icon of the United States: the Statue of Liberty. While on the island, we’ll have the opportunity to explore the National Monument and marvel at Lady Liberty - a sight that incoming immigrants anticipated seeing from their ships for decades.

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

Stop At: Ellis Island

After visiting Lady Liberty, we’ll hop on another ferry and head over to Ellis Island. From 1892 - 1954 this was the destination for incoming immigrants from around the world. With a variety of restored buildings to explore (including a hospital and dormitory), you’ll really be able to set the sense of what it was like for those entering the United States in years gone by (perhaps even some of your own ancestors).

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Ellis Island Immigration Museum

Inside the island’s Main Building, this museum explores the immigration experience from the 1800’s to the mid-1900’s. You’ll be able to learn more about the process of getting to the United States, the process and procedures for entering the country, and what was awaiting immigrants once they started their new lives in America.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Wall Street

After our 3rd boat ride, back to Manhattan from Ellis Island, your guide will take you on a modern-immigrant foodie tour through the Financial District and along Wall Street. Not often associated with New York’s food scene, this area is filled with immigrant-owned restaurants, bakeries, and more. You’ll taste your way through the neighborhood while hearing stories of the modern immigrant experience and their impact on the city’s culinary landscape.

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
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