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Ellis Island

New York Harbor, New York City, NY 10017
212 363 3206
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Ranked #133 of 851 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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Lima, Ohio
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29 reviews 29 reviews
14 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

Great Grandmother came through Ellis Island from Germany and always wanted to go to see the place. We first went to the American Family Immigration History Center where we attempted to look up our relatives. Make sure you have as much correct information before you go. We found the correct name, but didn't know it until later when back home.... More

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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28 reviews 28 reviews
22 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW via mobile

Watch the film in the theater. It is 30 minutes and will tell you about the history of Ellis Island. After this, you do not need the audio tour. Just look at the Great Hall upstairs.

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76 reviews 76 reviews
38 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

Visiting Ellis island isn't something I would have ever done by itself. The importance of the island is obvious since it played such a huge part of the immigrant experience for many decades..however due to lingering damage from hurricane sandy, many of the exhibits are still in storage, therefore going there now can be kind of a letdown. However being... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

The museum was damaged by a storm in 2012 but little progress seems to have been made to rectify the issues caused and many exhibits had been removed. The audio was not easy to follow and a little disjointed.

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Minnesota
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46 reviews 46 reviews
31 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW via mobile

We expected to see more of a living history format with some rooms and processing areas restored to what they had looked like when the immigrants used the island. It is almost entirely reading and/or listening to history and personal stories from area to area. Not that that is a bad thing, but disappointing if you are looking to see... More

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Omaha, Nebraska
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56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

I could just feel my grandparents standing in line waiting to be processed for entry into the United States. Good exhibits

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54 reviews 54 reviews
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

Really cool to see all the old artifacts and learn about the grounds. Humbling experience and makes you really appreciate your roots and what you have today. Even our kids enjoyed reading and learning about it. Looked for ancestors on the wall which was fun. We came in oin the Jersey side and took the short ferry ride to the... More

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Oslo
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26 reviews 26 reviews
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

This is a pretty cool museum! It gives a quick intro of the immigration of US population from the early days. Quite educative and very well laid out. We went here on the first ferry early in the morning and beat the looong queues that usually form on the statue ferry. The museum was not crowded and the experience was... More

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Northampton, United Kingdom
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25 reviews 25 reviews
3 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

Book your tickets in advance for the ferry and avoid the crazy queues, jump on the ferry and enjoy. I gave the Statue of Liberty a miss but on the ferry you get a great view and plenty of time to appreciate the statue and take your photos. Ellis Island itself was a gem. The baggage hall, the dorm and... More

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Denver
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

If you're already taking the ferry over to statue of liberty definitely make the stop to ellis island. It was really neat to see the spot from family members came over. You can even look up family members and see their actual signature on the paper they signed to get in along with why they were coming and who they... More

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