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Top sights in New York City
Ellis Island was the most active American immigration inspection station from 1892 to 1954 making it the first piece of land millions of immigrants set foot on in their new home. Today it remains a landmark where that hope for a better tomorrow remains.
Getting there is half the fun! A $18 ticket will take you on a humbling cruise through the Upper New York Bay to both Ellis Island and Liberty Island.
Bonus: head to the information desk for a complimentary tour at the top of the hour for a guided tour, no ticket required.
Take the ferry a little further north to visit Liberty Island and experience the nation’s symbol of freedom, the Statue of Liberty, up close and personal.
Dive deeper into the experience of arriving at Ellis Island with a 90-minute hard hat tour of the Hospital Complex. Purchase tickets in advance.
Did you know, for example, that a 1998 ruling by the Supreme Court determined that most of the island belongs to New Jersey, not New York?
You can get to Ellis Island by taking a ferry operated by Statue Cruises from either Communipaw Terminal in Liberty State Park or Battery Park on the southern tip of Manhattan in New York City. Reserving your tickets ahead of time is recommended.
Generally you won’t need more than a couple hours to take in these sights, but you can set your own pace visiting Ellis Island and Liberty Island - the ferries depart every 20 minutes.
The $18 ferry ticket grants access to both of the islands.
- When should I visit?
Hours vary based on time of year:
March-May, Open daily, 8:30 AM-5:15 PM
June-August, Open daily, 8:30 AM-7:00 PM
September-October, Open daily, 8:30 AM-6:00 PM
Holiday hours may vary
- Is it expensive?
- Adult tickets start at just $18 and go upwards depending on tour packages and perks.
- Will I need a guide?
- A guide is a great idea to help you understand the historical context of this iconic American monument.
- How to get there
- Public transportation to the ferry departure points at Battery Park and Liberty State Park is recommended!
- Additional information
- Visitors and their belongings are subject to screening before boarding the ferry.
- A limited number of wheelchairs are available to borrow for the visit on a first come, first service basis.
What people are saying about Ellis Island
We found the pass to be worth it when we added up the costs of what we did and what it would have cost to do them by paying separately. The pdf information the pass provided on the 100 included attractions was most helpful and maybe we could have gotten that from other sources but it worked out well for us to plan our itinerary from the list of things the pass would pay for. Not all of our activities that we did in NY were covered, but that still was OK. You need to calculate how much you think you're going to do on your trip to determine if it's good for you. We did not feel like we were running all over to do things to make it worth it, but we were busy most days all day long.
My wife and I had a brief stopover in New York and decided to use much of the time on this trip. It was a good decision. Our guide, Cherie, was very knowledgeable and imparted a lot of information. She also made the time enjoyable, whilst treating the subject matter with due respect. We felt that our time had been well spent and that we had received good value for money.
There is a very Knowledgeable Guy narrating on this trip.he points out all the main Attractions. You sail right up to the Statue of Liberty.Sail under the Fabulous Bridges.This really is a trip worth doing.There is a couple of bars on board selling cold drinks.
Steven was an excellent guide, and it was a wonderful tour. He was very considerate of one who was using a cane and needed a little more time or elevator. He was a lot of fun and has a wealth of knowledge about all we were seeing.
We are glad we chose the flexible ticket where we can explore the islands on our own. We like exploring and learning things on our own terms. This tour was definitely worth the cost.