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Ellis Island, New York City
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Immigration Museum, Ellis Island

 

Photo by Gail Benun

A trip to Ellis Island is as much about the history of New York as it is about the birth of America. Roughly one half of all Americans have at least one ancestor who entered the United States through this famous federal immigration facility. Yet a trip to this notable sight is about more than finding a name. It's a chance to tell the family story, be it of settlers, colonists, Native Americans or immigrants. And while you're on the island take time to tour the museum. Ellis Island Immigration Museum takes great pains to bring the immigrant's story to life. Nothing tells us more about a country than its historic landmarks.
Getting There
 
Ellis Island is located in Lower New York Harbor. The site is accessible by ferry only. Ferries depart from Battery Park in Manhattan and Liberty State Park in New Jersey. All ferries stop at both Liberty and Ellis islands. Battery Park is easily reached by public transport. Liberty State Park is accessible by bus and car. The nearest light rail station is roughly 1 mile from the ferry terminal. Walking is the only means between the two. There is a pay parking lot at Liberty Park.
Hours & Times
 
The site is open daily. Closed December 25. The ferry schedule is seasonal. An extended service operates on all holiday weekends and school holidays. Visitors setting out after 14:00 don't have enough time to visit both landmarks.
Admission & Fees
 
Entrance to Ellis Island is free of charge. A fee is charged to ride the ferry and visit the Statue of Liberty's crown. Audio tours are charged seperately. Reduced rates are available for seniors (aged 62+) and children aged 4-12. Children aged 3 and under are free of charge. Tickets can be booked online or purchased in person at the Castle Clinton National Monument in Lower Manhattan and Central Railroad Terminal Building and Museum in Liberty State Park in Jersey City, NJ. Advance purchase is strongly recommended in the peak season (summer and spring break) and all holiday weekends.
Things to Keep in Mind
 
Ellis Island is part of the Statue of Liberty National Monument and is managed by the National Park Service. Both Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty can be visited on the same ticket. All visitors are security screened before boarding the ferry. The screening can take 2 hours in summer. Wait times are generally shorter in New Jersey.
 
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Submitted on 21 November 2012 by a kidscantravel.com member
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I am doing a project about Ellis Island for my 7th grade National History Day project. I have also been to Ellis Island and I think it is a fun place to go if you're visiting New York city or somewhere else near there.
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