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Ellis Island

New York Harbor, New York City, NY 10017
212 363 3206
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Ranked #87 of 830 attractions in New York City
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW via mobile

Only worth it as part of the statue of liberty visit. A fairly boring museum compared to many of the others in new york.

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London
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014 NEW via mobile

.... you've bought tickets online. Is it worth spending hours in queues for this? Well -only you can decide - but don't make the mistake of thinking pre-booking will help avoid queues. The queues were hours long today!!!!

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Spring Grove, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014 NEW

Our most recent trip to Ellis Island was amazing! We went with our two kids and took the time to look through the names on the wall outside as well as to research all of the family history inside! The feeling inside of the main room is a somber one as you can almost feel what it must have been... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014 NEW

I think had I researched Ellis Island a little before I came I would have appreciated better it's importance in history. Especially with most of the exhibits being closed due to Hurricane Sandy. I'm glad we made the trip, I'm glad we stopped at Ellis Island, but we were there maybe 30 minutes and left. I do wish I would... More

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Hants
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014 NEW

The stories of how people have been used and abused to build up the USA of today is worrying but necessary so you can understand the attitudes of people today. Combined with the Statue of Liberty, it's going to be 4-5 hours of your time. Overall really good and worthwhile for the views and museum. The food at Ellis Island... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014 via mobile

due to damage by Hurricane Sandy. All power is currently supplied by generator and the exhibits on the top level have been put into cold storage to preserve them. It was disappointing because level 3 had been the most moving part when I was here previously, 11 years ago. It told some of the personal stories that really brought the... More

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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

Unfortunately most of the building was closed off due to renovation so only able to see part of the building. Disappointing in its current state but perhaps much better once everything is open to the public.

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Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

Amazing site of to stand on and to be part of this huge site of immigration. Lots of Irish people come here and so it was like other travellers said overwhelming and my other half and I were overcome with emotion. There is a lot to learn here and its sad, to think of all the Irish people who came... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014 via mobile

Allow plenty of time to visit Ellis Island. The boat to Ellis Island also goes to Liberty island so it takes time to get everyone on board then stops at both for people to disembark then obviously the same on the way back to Manhattan, takes up most of a day. Worth remembering in the winter the boats stop quite... More

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Escalon, California, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2014 via mobile

I became overwhelmed with emotion as I stepped onto Ellis Island. The view of the huge building that the immigrants saw as they stepped off the ships was amazing. I could imagine a sense of awe at the site & being exhausted from the voyage. I felt a little of what they must have felt being surrounded by strangers, not... More

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