Twisted Statue Tour: Under The Skirt Of Lady Liberty - New York City

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This unique experience is a wickedly tongue-in-cheek look at the turbulent history of one of New Yorks most iconic sites. With special pedestal access youll literally get beneath the skirt of Lady Liberty, learning about strange happenings in New York harbor; the ambivalent feelings that her French creator had towards America; the disdain that many Americans originally had for the statue herself; and an untold number of dead seagulls. With Ellis Island tickets included in the price, this is the perfect tour for people who want to learn everything they didnt teach you in school about Lady Liberty.


  • Get inside tips from a local
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Fully narrated tour

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This is New Yorks funniest and most insightful tour to the Statue of Liberty, giving you to the stories, rumors, legends that you wont hear anywhere else. Want to know about the other tragedy on the day of JFKs assassination (the one that involved a giant octopus)? Or what our guides affectionately call Lady Liberty behind her back? Then this is your tour.

Youll meet at Battery Park, home to a beer garden/immigration station, as well as a graphic plaque given to the city of New York by the Dutch to remind us that they stole Manhattan first.

With a maximum group size of 25 people or fewer and an expert local guide (carefully vetted for his/her sense of fun) youll board the ferry to Liberty Island.

During the crossing they will regale you with some of the more outlandish stories of Lower Manhattan. First and foremost is the tale of a ferry sinking that killed 400. In the wreckage authorities found the markings of what looked like huge suction cups on the side of the boat, pointing to an unlikely culprit. Is this the twisted story NYs port authorities are hiding from you or is it a complete fabrication? The photographic evidence held by your guide is pretty convincing!

When you reach Liberty Island youll have special access to climb up to the Statue pedestal, via a stairway (or elevator) inside the structure. Climb under the skirts of Lady Liberty to marvel at her cavernous interior and hear the story of how she was made. Naturally, this wont be the polite version from the history books. Instead youll learn how here creator was a little dramatic and didnt always love Americans; how many Americans cared even less for his statue and werent interested in paying for the pedestal that youre standing on (which eventually cost more than the statue itself); how her torch started out as little more than a flicker of light; and how many birds lost their lives because of it. Youll also learn how the statue went from being little known and less cared for, to an icon of the American people, used to advertise everything from immigration and patriotism, to laxatives and cocaine.

After enjoying this eye-opening, hilarious, and eventually inspirational story, youll step outside for views from the pedestal that reach over the harbor and encompass much of Lower Manhattan - the perfect selfie spot.

Your guided tour ends here but your day doesnt have to. With all-inclusive tickets valid for the rest of the day, you can take the ferry on to Ellis Island to explore the lovely museum by yourself and get even more information about the history of this hallowed stretch of harbor. The museum here is so well-curated, with videos, audio and huge photographic exhibits; you wont need your guide at all.

Inclusions for Twisted Statue Tour: Under The Skirt Of Lady Liberty

  • Special access to the Statue Pedestal
  • Round-trip transport to Liberty Island & Ellis Island by ferry
  • Fun expert English- speaking guide

Exclusions for Twisted Statue Tour: Under The Skirt Of Lady Liberty

  • Statue of Liberty Crown
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel Pick-Up/Drop-Off

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Please note this tour does not include a visit to the Statue of Liberty's Crown, due to security measures in place by the National Park Services who manage the Statue of Liberty.

Tour participants must be able to climb and descend 215 stairs from the Statue lobby to the top of the pedestal.

Cancellation Policy
  • If you cancel within 3 calendar days (72 hours) of the scheduled departure time, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel between 4 to 7 Calendar days before scheduled tour departure,the cancellation charge will be 50% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel at least 8 calendar days in advance of the scheduled departure time, there is no cancellation fee. You will receive Full Refund for the paid amount.
  • Please note that in case of No show, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the listed tour fare.
  • Please note tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.

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  • Had always wanted to visit the great lady, and this was a fun and informative way to do it! Even my teenage daughter enjoyed this tour.

  • An excellent morning out. Fun facts and a few outright lies. Quizzes included.

  • The tour, guide, and experience was fantastic. This is a great way to learn a bit of history with humor sprinkled in to make the whole experience fun. Our guide was funny, helpful, and informative. We learned so much through our tour of the museum as well as while walking the grounds surrounding Lady Liberty. I plan to come back with my kids and take them on this tour.

  • Not as fun as expected

  • Hard to hear a lot of the time.

  • WOW... only way to do this tour certainly dont expect the traditional blah blah blah....very different. thankyou Dan you were brilliant in your presentation, highly recommend very enjoyable

  • This was a great way to see the Statue. Sheree hope I spelled that right was great and very knowledgeable. Would do it again, without hesitation.

  • A different way to see the statue...not the typical history lesson...added some fun flair to a topic we were familiar with. Made it interesting with time to see the pedestal and the museum if we chose to do that at the end of the tour. Guide was animated and gave a history lesson with a humor twist. Liked having a little humor in an overwhelming city. i would recommend this...but would love to book early and go to the crown if i had a choice

  • Cheree was great. Lady Liberty has a great story, the tour was a good pace and the whole event was a lot of fun. Would recommend and would do it again in a heart beat.

    I hope when they make a mockumentary of my life, she will do the narration.

  • Loved this tour! Had a group of 6, with 4 kids that ranged from 13 to 10 and they had a blast. Scott, our guide, was awesome. Made the tour interesting for both kids and adults and was super on top of making sure that our group knew exactly what we needed to do upon our departure from Liberty Island. I would highly recommend this tour to anyone that doesn't just want to read plaques in a museum at their own pace. Can't recommend this enough!

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