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Ellis Island

New York Harbor, New York City, NY 10017
212 363 3206
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Ranked #130 of 848 attractions in New York City
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Historic Sites, History Museums, Islands, Landmarks/ Points of Interest
Activities: Group tours/walking tour, Walking
Traveler Description: Ellis Island is amazing. Plan to get there early. Be sure to purchase "reserve" ferry tickets online prior to your trip.If you arrive at the... more »
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Frisco, Texas
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35 reviews 35 reviews
21 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

I have been to Ellis Island once before. Both times I was amazed and humbled when standing in the Great Hall aka The Registry Room. I enjoyed all of the exhibits and thought the audio tour was a must. I wish they did tours of the outbuildings. The kids I visited with (12-14- year-olds) found this stop very boring. That... More

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Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

Ellis Island was fantastic, especially the movie on the immigrants. Felt very emotional and tears were running down my cheek.

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

A great experience for the whole family! The views from the boat and Ellis island alone are a photographer's dream! Take the free tour with a park ranger - offered every hour. It takes only 30 minutes and is full of interesting facts and stories!

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Yukon, Oklahoma
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47 reviews 47 reviews
11 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

My wife and I visited here after going to Liberty Island. It is a very nice building with lots to see and do. I would have liked to seen more on the living conditions and da to day life of the immigrants while on the island. There are 3 levels so make sure you see them all. Our favorite room... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014 NEW

I LOVED Ellis Island! I didn't expect to enjoy it as much as I did. Here's the scoop: We booked our ferry boat in advance, leaving from New Jersey. Easy to park, long walk to security, and a little wait to board. If you're going to watch the introductory video, do it first off. The ranger starts you off with... More

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London, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014 NEW

Obviously you have to see the SOL and Ellis - we paid $25 online next day tickets as I thought it would be heaving but we could have turned up queued for 5 minutes and paid $18 for the same tickets. I have visited Ellis Island before and it seemed more "real" - I belive the exhibit has changed after... More

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Birmingham, Alabama
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53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

Ellis Island was neat to see, however there was not much in the actual buildings. It was definitely a neat area to see, but we ended up not staying long.

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Bridgwater, England, United Kingdom
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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

I learnt a lot about the history of this area while here. it dosent look like much from the ferry but after reading around the museum then you realize how much history was made here

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Stow, Ohio
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

Good place to go for educational and entertainment purposes. There is great Museum of Immigration with interesting info and audio tour is included in ticket price. The views from the island is absolutely beautiful.

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Columbus, Ohio
1 review
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

I wish we had been warned that the museum does not have any items displayed. After hurricane Sandy, the artifacts that evoke the immigrant experience were removed, sent to storage, and have been replaced with huge posters of pictures that can be found online. The collection supposedly will come back by the end of 2015; I really would like to... More

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