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Visitors can retrace the steps of their ancestors at this famous landing point that welcomed millions of immigrants to the United States.
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Many displays, you could spend all day here. Conveys the huge variety of people from different countries, wearing traditional clothes from their country when they arrived on the ship. You can eat in a cafeteria where some of the offerings are the same as what...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank ScottRHansen
Reviewed 1 week ago

The Hard Hat Tour, which takes you through part of the old hospital complex, really put the Ellis Island experience over the top. I can't recommend it enough.

Date of experience: February 2019
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Take a step back in time with ellis island hard hat tour -IF you are going to Ellis Island anyhow explore the part that seems untouched for a hundred years .ABSOLUTELY AMAZING FIRST you start by saying to yourself I ve been here as a...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed 1 week ago

If you are in New York, there are certain things that you should do. You should take in a play on Broadway, visit museums, and go to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. You will want to book tickets in advance, and you need...More

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank Boyd B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

One of the best places to visit in New York City. So much history here and lots of great stories. Highly recommend.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Brian D
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

As someone who is not an American myself, but loves history, I thought this was an amazing insight into what actually happen regarding Immigration into the states. I could have spent hours here just wandering the section that I enjoyed the most would definitely be...More

Date of experience: April 2018
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

IMHO, there are few more meaningful places to visit in NYC than Ellis Island. In an era of great migration & immigration, millions came through Ellis Island with little more than dreams of a better life in America. My grandparents, on both sides, were among...More

Date of experience: May 2018
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This was such an insight into what these people had to endure , listening to true accounts of there journey and the process they had to go through to get into New York must have been terrifying. The building is beautifully restored and I wish...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Penny B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

As a native New Yorker, and as the granddaughter of grandparents who arrived here as their first stop in the States, I couldn't help but get emotional. Many will find part of their own history here as well. Historical, interesting and emotional visit all at...More

Date of experience: April 2018
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I visited Ellis Island because the boat travels there after visiting the Statue of Liberty but it turns out Ellis Island is somewhere you could spend an entire afternoon. We visited the cafe for hot chocolate and met a mock “immigrations officer” that told us...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Yes. There’s a gift shop that includes some good books about Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty.
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DD049
Vancouver, Canada
Statue of Liberty Reopening? (4 Replies)
We will be in NYC on July 24th. I read that the Statue will reopen on July 4th. I also read that to go inside the statue, museums etc folks need to order tickets in advance. When I looked on the website I only found information about the ferry service but not about tours etc. We are also interested in Ellis Island but from the sounds of it, that is still closed. I would appreciate any information and advice about tickets, tours etc. We are a family of 4, two adults and two teens. Thanks!
April 21, 2013|
Response fromelizzie4000|
You just have to keep checking their website as they haven't yet announced when the tickets are going on sale. Here's a similar question and at that time their Facebook page said that they anticipated that the tickets would go on sale mid-April. So, it could be any day now. tripadvisor.com/…48442153
DawnG1
London, United Kingdom
Cant believe its been a year since Sandy!!! (5 Replies)
Has NYC fully recovered? Seen another thread saying Ellis island is due to open tomorrow, thats good to read. This time (exact to the sunday afternoon) we were flying into JFK to a closing down subway system and watching everything close in front of our eyes :( So has everything re-opened now? Would love to come back one day and see NYC how it should be seen. Ironically we decided to stay at home this October and visit family on the south west coast of the UK, we are due to have a...More
October 27, 2013|
Response fromBatteryParkNYC|
Ellis island will reopen but a lot of the archives is still in storage somewhere while they figure out to make the site safe from future storm damage. South Street Seaport is only partially recovered. The most severely-damaged areas in the Rockaways are still not rebuilt. I was walking around the financial district a few weeks ago and noticed that there is still one of the giant generator trucks that had been brought in for the buildings that didn't have power, so I guess there's still...More
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CityPass vs NYpass is it worth ? (4 Replies)
Hi all I have almost 6 days to "kill" with my 13y kid in NY the places i would like to visit are : 1.The Empire State Building Or the TOP OF THE ROCK 2..Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island . 3.Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum. 4.Madison Square Garden. 5. Grand Central Terminal and for me i like to eat local food , and i saw there are allot of food tours . so my question is it worth buying one of the NY tickets ? casue i saw there is allot of diffrence between them in money aspect ,...More
August 15, 2017|
Response fromnytraveler2016|
No - you do NOT want these either of these passes. While they may save a little money they waste a lot of time and insome cases prevent you from getting to the parts of the sights you want. For SoL you must get tickets direct from the official site - statuecruises.com - online far in advance. Crown tickets sell out at least 3 months in advance and Pedestal/Museum tickets sell out at least 3 weeks in advance. there is no pass that can get you these tickets. (You can trade the pass for a...More