Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island

Trip Start May 16, 2003
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Trip End May 16, 2010


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Sunday, September 4, 2005

No, it's not a mistake, Liberty Island is in the New York Harbor, but it is actually in New Jersey.

We have lived in the NY / NJ area for many years, but we have never went to see the Statue of Liberty, probably one of the most famous landmarks of our area.  One Sunday we got up, it was a beautiful sunny day and we decided to go.
The ride was about half an hour from our house, to the ferry at the Liberty State Park (shame on us for not doing this sooner).  We bought round trip tickets, and waited in line for a security check.

 

The ferry from Liberty State Park run in a loop, to Ellis Island, Statue of Liberty and back.  The ride is smooth and quick.  Ellis Island is amazing, especially if you are a descendent of immigrants (and most are).  The immigration museum is beautiful, the building is clean and exhibits are fascinating.  Most rooms and exhibits have either a written or multimedia explanation about what they used to be, and there are many pictures, and first hand testimonials about the site. We spent several hours there, and could have spent several days.  We were so impressed we made a donation and put our family onto the "immigrants wall of names".

 

We walked throughout the whole buildings, small rooms with cold floors, just like you'd imagine an 1800's government hospital.  We couldn't imagine millions of people going through there, or thousands living there. 
 
We caught the ferry to the Statue of Liberty, a short ride on the harbor.  Even though we saw the statue many times from afar, it is absolutely amazing up close ... and we're locals.  We couldn't get in since you have to get tickets in advance, but being on the island is great.  Lots of rooms for kids to run, and no where to go.  We at some lunch and walked around the island, our daughter fell asleep by the time we were done. 
 
We caught the last ferry back to NJ.
 
Overall:
A great day.
Need to get there early to spend more time at Ellis Island
The Statue of Liberty is amazing, even if you lived here all your life.
We will definitely go back again.

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