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Ellis Island

New York Harbor, New York City, NY 10017
212 363 3206
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Ranked #139 of 859 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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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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60 reviews 60 reviews
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014 NEW

This was a very interesting place, and the audio tour was very informative. Learnt a lot about the immigration, the process, the issues and problems the immigrants faced and some of the issues the officials faced, Worth a visit.

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Lagos
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014 NEW

Interesting place to visit. I did this after leaving the Statue of Liberty. It was even more interesting for me when I saw the Word tree, showing the countries that famous American words originated from. I was happy to see the Okra came from the Igbo's which is a Nigerian tribe.

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Waterloo, Canada
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72 reviews 72 reviews
14 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

Arrived on Ellis Island in early September. Spent about 2.5 hours going through all the historical displays. It was very moving and emotional to better understand what our ancestors went thru to come to freedom. The joy and heartache was very clear in the displays. Some families were split up as part of a family was admitted and another was... More

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Flint, Michigan
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36 reviews 36 reviews
23 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

Interesting place to revisit various American family histories. This place takes a tour back to the turn of the century with information regarding the immigration of millions of American citizens.

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Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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52 reviews 52 reviews
17 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

I did this as well as going to the Statue of Liberty. Very good, and interesting. You learn a lot about Ellis Island and its past. Worth the trip across the water

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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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10 reviews 10 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

You cant go to NYC and not visit statue of liberty and ellis island. There are some great prices for boat trips from 1.5 hours to 2.5 hours

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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158 helpful votes 158 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

After an open top bus journey then a visit to the Statue of Liberty which we enjoyed, we then sailed to Ellis Island. My husband was particularly interested as his grandfather and his brothers all passed through here. There were many large rooms, however since most of the exhibits had been taken away because of the hurricane, there was little... More

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New Kensington, Pennsylvania
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86 reviews 86 reviews
25 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

As part of the Statue of Liberty Tour, the visit to Ellis Island included a most moving and informative half-hour movie that put the American experience into perspective. This national park provides a general background for the immigrants that early on sailed to our country. With a little sentimentality the film concentrated on the arduous journeys of the "poor, tired... More

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Bartlett, Tennessee
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

We stopped here as part of the Statue of Liberty Tour. I was expecting more and generally consider this a waste of time.

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Lawrence, Kansas
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44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

By the time we were in NYC in September, it was very easy to get to Ellis Island. We simply walked up to the ticket booth in Battery Park, and 20 minutes later we were on a boat to Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty. We chose to forgo the latter, and focus on Ellis Island. My sister, my... More

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