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School Groups

School groups (K-12) of any size can enjoy an educational experience at the Statue of Liberty National Monument and Ellis Island.

Engage students with a host of on-site activities created by the National Park Service. While on the islands, school groups can participate in self-guided activities, watch Island of Hope, Island of Tears (the award-winning 30-minute documentary about Ellis Island), or go on a 20-minute audio tour with Molly the Falcon (at the Statue of Liberty)  and Marty the Muskrat (at Ellis Island). 

Students in Grades 3 to 6 can also participate in The Journey, Ellis Island’s newest role playing activity. In this 35-minute program, students will play the roles of Ellis Island immigrants as they wait “to be inspected” by the park staff. The Journey will be available during the months of November to March. For more information, please contact us at: [email protected]  

Information about all of these programs can be found at: http://www.nps.gov/elis/learn/education/index.htm

Please review the following information before completing a school group reservation:

In order to verify legitimate school group status and qualify for the group discounted rate, the group must fax or email a letter on school letterhead detailing the date and time of trip and the number of students and adults visiting.

The discounted rate is only available for purchase through our group sales department. It is not available for purchase online.

The discounted school rate does not apply to any student beyond senior year of high school and college students.

Required Supervision: One adult leader (age 21 years or older) is required for every 10 youths and must remain with the students at all times. Visitors who are 18-20 years old do not qualify as chaperones. Only the required number of chaperones will qualify for the discount, all additional tickets must be paid at the regular adult or senior rate. Chaperones must remain with the group at all times.
Reservation requests may by submitted up to six months in advance. Payment in full by school check is required two weeks prior to the tour date.

Flex Tickets and Reserve Tickets are both available. For Reserve Tickets, please note that the time you choose is the approximate time you will be entering the Screening Facility and not the vessel departure time. We recommend that you travel lightly. All persons and property are subject to search.

To make a request please follow the instructions below and the group sales department will email an invoice and payment instructions within 5 business days.

RESERVATION REQUEST PROCEDURE

Ticket Types Available: All tickets are valid for one-time use only.

  • Reserve Tickets are only valid for the Date/Time you specify. Note: If you would like to reserve a Pedestal Access Pass for each member of your group, you must request Reserve Tickets.
  • Flex Tickets: Valid for one admission over a three-day period from date you request.

TICKET OPTIONS

  • Audio Tour: Every visitor to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island receives the audio tour.
  • Pedestal Access Pass: If you would like to reserve Pedestal Access Passes for each member of your group, you must request Reserve Tickets. Pedestal Access Passes have limited availability and are not guaranteed. The only way to guarantee access inside the Statue of Liberty National Monument is to reserve in advance. A limited number of Pedestal Access Passes are available on a daily basis.

GETTING YOUR TICKETS

  • E-ticket: Electronic tickets are emailed to you, which you can print out.
  • Will Call: The group leader can pick up the tickets at the Will Call window on the day of visit.
  • Mail: Statue Cruises will ship the tickets for a nominal fee.

YOUR AGREEMENT

I agree to provide one adult leader (over 21 years of age) for every 10 youths below the age of 21. Visitors with the group who are 18-20 years old do not qualify as chaperones. We are a qualified school group, and I agree to provide an official letter from our school or school district to verify this. By submitting this group trip reservation form, I agree to follow all rules and regulations established by the National Park Service for the operation of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island.

We look forward to welcoming your school group aboard. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us by email: [email protected] or call: 201-432-6321.

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