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Ellis Island

New York Harbor, New York City, NY 10017
212 363 3206
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Ranked #138 of 856 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

Anyone visiting NYC should definitely visit Ellis Island as it's great to walk around the museum with a audio guide listening to how all of the immigrants first came to New York and the procedures and processes that they had to endure in order to start a better life. A very interesting and worthwhile experience.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

I enjoyed our stop at Ellis Island. Amazing to see, especially for what it represents. Don't need to allow a ton of time here. We spent about 30 mins and it was enough. Looking forward to the hospital area which is going to open to the public on a limited basis (very small tours). Space is left very much how... More

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Oyster Bay Cove, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

Growing up in NY my whole life and not having done this was shameful!! Fortunately I had the opportunity and went with my family and girlfriend for my birthday. It was really special and emotional. We had gotten tickets for both Statue of liberty and here, and they were not that expensive. Looking back at time and seeing how procedures... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

Ellis island is full of history and so interesting. To be in a place your relations who tried to make a better way of life for themselfs is just so real. To see where they first came to. Its so interesting there. Although the audio tour i found to be quite confusing i ended up not listening to it. There... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

An entry point into US for the early immigrants. A very beautifully depicted history. The Arrival building has been converted into an Immigration Museum. The island is called Ellis as it once belonged to a New York merchant by that name. The audio tour was very helpful. We also managed to get a 15 - 20 minute video which was... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

In some ways, this was a very interesting tour. I particularly enjoyed learning about immigration and listening to the real voices of those who passed through. However, we got the (free) audio tour, but it was very confusing. There were no numbers to go along with any of the exhibits, except for where someone had scratched in the #4 at... More

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW

Ellis Island is a very special place and has been maintained to expose the importance of the history of nycs immigration. When you take the boat here you will also "pass" the Statue of Liberty.

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Kirkland Lake, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW

Before I being, I'd like to state that this review is an account of my experience in New York City, Ellis Island included. But it was short lived and not exactly a tour ON THE ISLAND per say. We had just passed by on a cruise we took advantage of through the Skyline Bus Tour package. I'll have you know,... More

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Kaysville, Utah
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014 NEW

This visit is added on to thw ticket to the Statue of Liberty with no additional cost, other than your time. We stopped there after seeing the Statue and I'm glad that we did. There is a short movie on the first floor of the main hall that was a good introduction. I kept trying to imagine what the people... More

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Concord, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014 NEW

Ellis Island is a must see and a reminder that this country is a country of immigrants. I will refrain to add more details as this place is one of those things that one must experience for his or her own. It is historic, and I am sure that a lot of Americans would find their roots here. Being a... More

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