Ellis Island is a symbol of America's immigrant heritage. More than 70% of immigrants landed in New York, the country's largest port. First and second class passengers were processed on board ship, but third or steerage class were ferried to Ellis Island when they underwent medical and legal examinations in the Main Building. The museum contains three floors of self guided exhibits and audio/visual displays detailing the history of immigration processing station between 1892 and 1954. You can tour the Great Hall where immigrant legal and medical inspections took place. Be sure to view the artifacts on display: baggage, immigrant clothing and costumes, passports, steamer and railroad tickets, ship passenger manifests, etc. Generally, you should allow 3 hours to tour the museum.
The Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island are located in the New York Harbor
How to Get Here:
To visit the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island Immigration Museum, you must take the Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island Ferry from either Battery Park in lower Manhattan or Liberty State Park in New Jersey (New Jersey Turnpike Exit 14B)
By Subway: N/R train to Whitehall Station or 4/5 train to Bowling Green Station. Walk through Battery Park to Castle Clinton, where you purchase boat tickets.
By Bus: M1 (West Side Service)
By Bus: M6 & M15 (East Side Service)
Hours of Operation:
Every day of the year except December 25 from 9:30am until 5:00pm (with extended hours in the summer).
Round Trip ferry tickets cost $10.00 for adults, $4.00 for children age 4-12 years old, and $8.00 for senior citizens age 62 and over. There is no admission fee for Liberty and Ellis Island.
visit the Statue of Liberty! It's been hundreds of time you see it on tv, it's time for you to get up close and 'personal' with the famous Statue of Liberty!!
Fondest memory: All the coolest stores- Nike's 5-storeys store, Warner Bro.s, etc.!!!
Favorite thing: Between 1886 and 1895, over 2 million immigrants were welcomed to New York by the Statue of Liberty, a symbol of new life with new liberty. She was a gift to us from the French in 1886 in recognition of our 100th birthday. Lady Liberty was designed by Gustave Eiffel, of Eiffel Tower fame. If you're up to it, you can climb the 167 stairs to the top of her pedestal, or if you don't mind close quarters ride the elevator. For the brave and strong, there are 12 more stories to climb up through her crown where the view is fantastic.
Favorite thing: As you may have surmised from the photos, my favorite stop was the Statue of Liberty. You've seen her a million times on tv but nothing prepares you for the real thing. She has a 'vibe' or something that you don't get from the pictures. When you read the 'New Colossus' it really brings it home too. I would completely recommend that everyone see the Lady. If you go off-season it will help with the crowds too. We were there at the end of January and the beginning of February. The weather was fine if you dressed properly. I dressed too warm and ended up having to buy clothes so I wouldn't melt.
I would go to the Statue of Liberty. It is a very important symbol of being an American. Everyone should see it in person. The trip on the ferry is a lot of fun.
Fondest memory: Times Square is the best place to just walk around. It is a great place if you enjoy people watching.
Visit Ellis Island, climb the Statue of Liberty (elevator is no fun!) and see the museum there. Also, boat around Manhattan is pretty fun. If you get a chance, go watch something at Broadway.
Fondest memory: Seeing New York City from Lady Liberty's crown as well as Times Square at night. Such a lively city. Definitely, the city that never sleeps.
Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. Empire State Building. FOA Schwartz. Macy's. Times Square. Broadway. Midtown Manhattan. Brooklyn. Harlem.
Fondest memory: Grayline Tours ROCK in this town! They're the best way to see the whole city for less than $100 US. You can jump on and jump off whenever you like for 2 days. The buses pass regularly so you can see what you want when you want.
See the business district at rush hour, people are not walking, they are literally running to get the bus, the subway, etc.
Fondest memory: The Ellis Island Museum of Immigration is not as popular as the Liberty Statue but a lot more interesting. Twelve million people passed through this immigration center between 1892 and 1954. The Museum shows exhibits and films about the emigrants experience.
Statue of Liberty
The Statue of Liberty, the most enduring symbol of New York City - and indeed, the USA - can trace its unlikely origins to a pair of Parisian Republicans. In 1865, political activist Edouard René Lefebvre de Laboulaye and sculptor Frédéric-Auguste Bartholdi went to a dinner party and came away with the notion of building a monument honoring the American conception of political freedom, which they would then donate to the Land of Opportunity. Twenty-one years later, on 28 October 1886, the 151ft (45m) Liberty Enlightening the World, modeled on the Colossus of Rhodes, was finally unveiled in New York Harbor before President Grover Cleveland and a harbor full of tooting ships. It's a 354-step climb to the statue's crown, the equivalent of climbing a 22-story building, and if you want to tackle it, start early to avoid the crowds - it's hard to contemplate the American dream with your nose to the tail of the person in front.
Fondest memory: my first big travel to a big city, for being the first time New York is too much!!!(GOOD)
Fondest memory: Going to the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. I bought a step ladder and a 2x12 plank at a hardware store and configured it where my I had room for two adults to stand on the steps and the board was laid across the paint pan so that the two children with us could sit on the planks. This gave us an unobstructed view of the parade because we could now see OVER everyone. We also got to see the big SEGA hedgehog balloon get carried by the wind and smash into a streetlight causing a spray of broken glass. The kids thought that was way cool.
Favorite thing: Tuesday, August 28th. A trip to the Statue of Liberty might be corny to some people, but I have never been a tourist before and I think its highly worth it. Go early in the morning to avoid the long waiting lines. We also stopped at Ellis Island and believe me, the museum is worth the time.
New York City, Statue of Liberty, Subway, Broadway
Fondest memory: The Country... most of the State of New York is all country. Beautiful mountains, lakes and valleys.
How the water in the winter forms sheets of ice that run off large slabs of rock. The ice caves and Lake George
Long island ore with helly obove statue of liberty.
Great vieuw seeing all these tall and huge buildings!
Also go and viset sitcome! Ore is it *** come?
Fondest memory: Everything is BIG
Not like in europe!
People are realy nice - friendley and BIG themselves!
Was realy my favourite place in the whole world!
Like to go and visit it again sometime....
Favorite thing: come and photograph Lady Liberty aka the STATUE OF LIBERTY - the one New York tourist attraction you really shouldn't miss. The statue was apparently given to the United States by France to commemorate the alliance of the two countries during the American Revolution. Amazing!!
think of the 16 million immigrants who passed through Ellis Island between 1892 and 1954, when its use as an immigration center was discontinued.
To preserve it as a symbol of American history, President Lyndon B. Johnson proclaimed Ellis Island a part of the Statue of Liberty National Monument in >1965.
The Ellis Island Immigration MUSEUM is located inside the Main Hall on Ellis Island. Displays of photographs and objects brought here by immigrants provide a visual history of those anonymous millions who came to a new land in search of a better life.