"Don't miss Ellis Island out!" Statue of Liberty - Ellis Island Tip by Benson35
Statue of Liberty - Ellis Island, New York City: 404 reviews and 637 photos
This tour was one of the highlights of my time in New York. I am so glad that I did it and urge you not to miss it out.
We got a ferry from Battery Park which stopped at Liberty Island and Ellis Island.
We didn't get off at Liberty Island as you had a fantastic view of 'The Staute of Liberty' or sometimes known as 'Lady Liberty' from the ferry. We also thought that with not being able to climb Lady Liberty at that time, we would spend more time on Ellis Island.
For a small cost, we hired an audio tour (an iPod) and it was the best few dollars we spent. You can take the tour at your own pace with the option to pause the tour when you want to spend more time in/at a particular feature. To get onto and into Ellis Island, there is no cost. If you wish to walk around the buildings yourself, you are very welcome to, again, without cost.
With not having any prior knowledge of what Ellis Island was I was fasinated as the tour began. Ellis Island was used as a way into New York City as an immigrant from 1892-1954. More than 12 million immigrants passed through the doors.
The audio tour explain how the immigrants were treated and what they had to go through before being able to start a new life in New York. For example, a medical had to be preformed. Adults and children were marked with huge crosses on their clothes in accordance to what the Doctors found, and families were separated.
There is a museum and cafe there also
Directions: South Ferry at Battery Park - Take the #5 train to Bowling Green or #1 to South Ferry
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