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Ellis Island: Tours & Tickets

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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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I wish we had more time at Ellis Island. We took the official Statue of Liberty cruise, very easy ferry system. So much to see and do at Ellis Island. Wonderful movie that gives the history, lots to see and explore. You can pay a...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank AnnmarieKKeiramnnA
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

The tour gives a stark picture of how immigration had been in the early 1900s, which helps us realize the differences in the process from then until now. Interesting information and photo exhibit, can get and maintain even older kids’ attention.

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank HeatherS2268
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

My bride traces her family's arrival to our country to Ellis Island which I had never been to. So we took the Lexington Avenue Subway to the South Ferry stop and walked to the ferry terminal that transports folks to the Statue of Liberty and...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Ed R
Reviewed 2 days ago

Really interesting and nicely laid out with great exhibits (interactive). Lovely little gift shop :-)

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank DEL010596
Reviewed 3 days ago

While Lady Liberty is the more famous of this couple, for my money Ellis Island is the place you should spend more time. With a large number of interactive exhibits and an optional tour of the island beyond the main building, you can spend a...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank JYarba
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We absolutely loved the Hard Hat Tour. It was an added expense but it was totally worth it. Adults and teens agreed that it was so informative and interesting. Although it was long, we never felt bored or like it was too long. Our guide...More

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank Kris91
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We followed one of the best reviews that told us to not worry about what time you RESERVED your ticket for as the ferries leave every 20 minutes. We arrived early and got to Ellis Island early as it does take time to go through...More

Date of experience: October 2019
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Reviewed 6 days ago

My second trip to Ellis Island. Both sets of my grandparents came through Ellis Island from Poland and Slovenia and this was another chance to honor their voyages. This time we took the escorted hardhat tour (at an extra cost) through the unrestored hospital facilities,...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank TweetyLover
Reviewed 1 week ago

Try and pick a nice day that's all really nice great way to see lower Manhattan without being in the city

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank James D
Reviewed 1 week ago

We took a combo Liberty/Ellis guided cruise tour. I wasn't enthralled about Ellis because my family came to America in the 1600's and 1700's. Nonetheless, it was fascinating to hear about the process of coming to America in the late 19th and early 20th centuries....More

Date of experience: September 2019
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Hayley1607
11 October 2019|
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Response from Baldmeateater | Reviewed this property |
It’s the ferry time although we were early and it didn’t matter. There isn’t a time restriction for the attractions and just the ferry’s. You can spend the entire day but make sure to be on the last ferry.
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19 September 2019|
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Response from Kittygal | Reviewed this property |
As long as it takes you to climb up the stairs...and back down. I'd say 2 hours. But getting to and leaving from Liberty Island will add to that. And the views are great.
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788russellj
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Response from Travelingover50 | Reviewed this property |
Hi. We went the beginning of July. It was very hot. I would check on line what the ferry schedules Luke like in December. We have been known to have 50 degree days in December. So, I say if the ferry schedules accommodate... More
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