This should be the first stop on your list if you are visiting New York City for the first time. There are more things to do in New... more » York City than many residents are even able to do in years, but the trip to Liberty Island and Ellis Island cannot be missed.
You will ride on a ferry through the New York Harbor while seeing great views of the New York skyline on the waterfront. You will meet Lady Liberty up close and will learn about the long passage that millions of immigrants to the United States once had to go through. Today millions of Americans can trace ancestors back to Ellis Island, so it can also be an emotional trip for some.
Give yourself at least three hours to see everything quickly. Ellis Island can take several hours alone if you plan to see the films about immigration and give all of the exhibits their deserved attention. Don't rush this part of your trip, the history is too rich and there is so much to see.
Head over to Battery Park at the tip of Manhattan to catch the ferry and start your trip through the American history books. less «