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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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Less Fascinating than the Statue of Liberty but much more Touching!

Big mistake would be to visit the Liberty’s Statue and do not stop for a Visit on Ellis Island! Over 100 millions of American are connected either directly or indirectly with the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 22, 2015
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Piacenza, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

Big mistake would be to visit the Liberty’s Statue and do not stop for a Visit on Ellis Island! Over 100 millions of American are connected either directly or indirectly with the Island and his History, it is also very interesting to get a guide and to visit the Hospital, which over decades and threat accommodated and cured over 1.2... More 

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Fort Worth, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

Took our kids when they were young (maybe around 8 and 11) and didn't expect they'd even like it. However, they LOVED it. The manner of presentation of the exhibits was easy for them to relate to, especially the place to buy food that showed how relatively little things cost in the "olden days". We went about 8 years ago,... More 

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

That's what immigrants feared if they didn't pass the health exam upon arrival at the immigration station. Get the audio guide and go back in time and think what your ancestors must have gone through immigrating here. Ever wonder if your last name is correct?

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

Booked a tour of Ellis Island and Statue of Liberty through State Cruises. Did it online and printed the tickets, so we didn't have to wait in line to purchase. Got through the very tight airport style security with no problems. It was a chilly but sunny day in April, so not terribly crowded. Our tickets stated a specific time... More 

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Beaconsfield, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

Loved our trip here which made the books and films about it that I've read/seen really come to life. Easy hop from Statue of Liberty. Don't miss it out!

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Victoria, Texas
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

Disappointed in the missing displays that have yet to be relocated after Super Storm Sandy. Still a neat building to see but no need to plan alot of time here. Offers great views of Manhattan skyline.

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Richmond, Virginia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

Agree with others; many of the displays were not present given renovation. I'm glad I went to see it firsthand but I doubt I'll ever go back... Long ferry ait/ride over to see what took a little over an hour.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

Booked on the Hard Hat Tour of Ellis Island. It is well worth doing. You go back in time visiting the old hospital wards and got a sense of what the immigrants endured. The guide was very informative. It took about 2 hours. You also get the chance to see Statue of Liberty from the Ferry.

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Carlsbad, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

This would not have been the first thing on my list to see, but I could not be more happy that I did. The ferry gives you a very good idea of the harbor and it's magnitude. Then you pass by and park at the Statue of Liberty, an iconic site if there ever was one. Then, you go on... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

There was a big crowd the day we went and since we had other places to see, we could not stay long. There were audio headphones given to visitors for free at the entrance. The next trip to New York, we will stay at Ellis Island longer. The pictures and narratives made me feel sad although I did not have... More 

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