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Address: New York Harbor, New York City, NY 10017
Phone Number: 212 363 3206
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Activities: Walking, Group tours/walking tour
Description: Visitors can retrace the steps of their ancestors at this famous landing...
Visitors can retrace the steps of their ancestors at this famous landing point that welcomed millions of immigrants to the United States.
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It's a wonder any of us r here after what our ancestors went thru. This was a very informative walk around tour. You can't be in a hurry there is so much to see.

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 25, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

It's a wonder any of us r here after what our ancestors went thru. This was a very informative walk around tour. You can't be in a hurry there is so much to see.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

An additional stop on the ferry trip to the Stature of Liberty. Well worth a visit even if you are not an american or an immigrant. Interesting information on how the tide of immigration changed over the years.

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Makati, Philippines
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

We boarded from Jersey City going to this Island. For Tourists with not enough time to explore the whole city, make sure to come here very early, cause the line gets filled up around 9am. Be here as early as 7:30 in the morning as possible. The Island is very charming in itself. As a person who has an old... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

We took the ferry to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island and enjoyed it. When we were at Ellis Island we looked up my husband's grandfather and found him! He was 20 years old when he left Russia and arrived at Ellis Island in 1908. He later went to Boston. It was amazing to find this bit of family... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

We took a ferry from Liberty Center(NJ) to Ellis Island. The museum is nice. Great history lesson for adults and children. We learned a lot. Note: They have audio devices and head phones that allow you to listen to the exhibit summaries as you sight-see.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

If you do the Statue of Liberty tour ,it includes Ellis Island. Both are worth doing, but if you are short of time I would stay on the ferry at the Liberty stop (which is first stop). If you have been up on the top deck on the right hand side of the ferry you'll have gained the best photos... More 

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Lancaster, England, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

The general exhibit was ok, but a lot of the exhibits are still off site after sandy destroyed the aircon necessary for preservation. I would also like them to put in the benches and fences that were there in the hall to really get a feel of what it was like to enter it in the 1900's BUT, we went... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

Even though I have no family connection with this place, it's amazing to think that up to 40% of American people can trace their ancestry back to the one of the 12 million people who passed through here in search of a better life many years ago. Don't miss the informative and moving video (it's quite long, about 45 mins).... More 

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Petaling Jaya, Malaysia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

If you're on a tour package you will have to join the bandwagon of long wait & queues to get on the ferry & back. I had done that 20 years ago so this time I wanted to take a shot of the statue from afar. I just took the Staten Island ferry (free folks!), sat on the right side,... More 

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Smyrna, Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

I decided to come here a second time, as I loved it 8 years ago when I visited. This was my husbands first NYC visit and he wanted to go. While not upset we went, we were a tad disappointed as so many of the artifacts and displays were missing. We had lunch in the cafeteria where the immigrants ate... More 

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