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Ellis Island

Address: New York Harbor, New York City, NY 10017
Phone Number: 212 363 3206
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Circle Line: NYC Liberty Cruise
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Ranked #79 of 616 Attractions in New York City
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Islands, History Museums, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Museums, Nature & Parks, Sights & Landmarks
Activities: Group tours/walking tour, Walking
Owner description: Visitors can retrace the steps of their ancestors at this famous...
Useful Information: Activities for older children
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Type: Historic Sites, Islands, History Museums, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Museums, Nature & Parks, Sights & Landmarks
Activities: Group tours/walking tour, Walking
Hours:
Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Owner description: Visitors can retrace the steps of their ancestors at this famous landing point that welcomed millions of immigrants to the United States.
Useful Information: Activities for older children
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Kingston-upon-Hull, United Kingdom
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23 reviews 23 reviews
13 attraction reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015 NEW

We did the combined Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island trip, and enjoyed every minute so it, it's well worth the $21 dollars for the whole thing , Ellis Island itself is great and informative and even the younger ones enjoyed it, the staff are very knowledgable and helpful

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015 NEW

our guide was excellent really gave us a sense of what it was like being there back then ,lovely ferry ride over to the island well worth a visit

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U.K.
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53 reviews 53 reviews
15 attraction reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015 NEW

This is an attraction that just cannot be missed, combine with a trip to the Statue of Liberty. Lots of history, and a must for any 'Godfather' fan!!

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Antwerp, Belgium
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16 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 NEW

If you have a limited amount of time: don't spend it on Liberty island but go directly to Ellis Island. The buildings are beautiful, an awesome view on Manhattan downtown and the audio your gives some great insights in how it must have been to arrive there as an immigrant.

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Belfast
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 NEW

As you land here in your Tour boat, you don't really know what to expect! As you walk through the big doors into the giant building,you are impressed by the fantastic gallery of pictures that adorned the walls! You can pick up your earphones and your hand-set that will tell you about the whole experience! A must do in NYC!!

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Memphis, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

My visit to Ellis Island was one of the highlights of my visit to New York City. Spend as much time here as you want - the emotions and the history are riveting, and knowing that my ancestors had to pass through this building made a connection that was powerful.

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Antwerp, Belgium
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

Ellis island is very instructive, here in Belgium we have the Red Star Line were thay left for Amerika and it was very instructive to see were thay arrived. It is very distressing to see that some people are not allowed inside so really happy you will not like this place. but you must see it to understand what happend.

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Morristown, Tennessee, USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015

My husbands first trip to NYC involved all tourist activities! This was more "special" and fun for me as a few years ago I logged onto the ellis island foundation website and purchased a copy of the log book that my great grandfather had signed when he entered the country in the early 1900s as a gift for my grandfather.... More 

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Baltimore, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015

Spent more time here than at the Statue of Liberty. Liked the audio tour though it was a little complicated to get the correct recordings. Many little rooms and exhibits, sad that we missed the movies in the two theaters.

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Mechanicsburg
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8 reviews 8 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

We visited NYC in June and the weather was perfect for the ride to Ellis Island. It's set up very well for a self-guided tour. From the moment you arrive in the great hall you will be taken back in time to get a sense of what these brave souls experienced. It's easy to imagine both the senses of fear... More 

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