Experience New York on a hop-on/hop-off tour. The ticket is valid for 24 hours. You can get on and off at the stops at any time.
See all of New York's major attractions in one tour, with this ride on the convenient Hop on/Hop off bus
Experience with your partner an exciting helicopter flight over New York. Marvel at the famous sights from a bird's eye view
Take a boat cruise to Liberty and Ellis Island. Visit Liberty Island and get access to the Ellis Island National Immigration Museum.
Marvel at the Statue of Liberty up close and personal and experience an exciting audio-guided ferry ride to Ellis Island, with a fantastic view over New York
Discover three world-famous New York landmarks with just one ticket
Get closer to the Statue of Liberty on a ferry ride with a guide / audio guide
Ellis Island is a historic island in the Hudson River off New York and is part of the Statue of Liberty National Monument. Although the island is connected to the mainland, the road is only used to supply supplies. For visitors, the island is only accessible via the regularly departing ferries. The boat moorings can be found at Battery Park in New York or Liberty State Park in New Jersey. The first ferry at Battery Park departs at 8.30 a.m. for Ellis Island, the last one departs at 3.30 p.m. from September to May, and at 5 p.m. from May to September. An important note: The last ferry does not go to Ellis Island anymore, but only to Liberty Island. If you want to go to Ellis Island, you must take an earlier ferry.
The ferry to Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty is especially popular on holidays, weekends, school holidays and especially in summer. Then it is full at the piers and waiting times of up to two hours can occur. Those who book tickets online in advance at least avoid the queue at the ticket counters. The best time to visit Ellis Island is early morning. Try to catch the first ferry at 8:30. Choose a day with clear visibility. Whether in winter or summer is almost irrelevant. More popular is the visit of Ellis Island in summer.
Ellis Island is known as the island of immigration. It was the first stop on the road to a better life for millions of immigrants. The United States of America was considered the land of the free and home of the brave. For some people Ellis Island was the great luck, for others it became the Island of Tears, because about 2% of the immigrants were sent back. The museum of the island "Ellis Island Immigration Museum" is divided into three levels, in which different historical exhibits are shown and give the visitor insight into the immigration process of the USA before 1954. Personal fates are also part of the exhibition. Besides the museum, visitors can also visit the Wall of Honor and Fort Gibson. By the way, the open spaces on Ellis Island are very suitable for a little picknick with a wonderful view to Manhattan.
The Ellis Island Museum of Immigration is open all year round. The only exception is 25 December. The first ferry that leaves for Ellis Island at 8:30 am also opens the island's museum. You can buy tickets directly at the ticket counters of the drop-off points. If you book your ticket for the crossing online, you save yourself the sometimes very long waiting time when buying your ticket. Incidentally, online tickets include a free audio guide, which is available on site for a fee. Tickets for the boat tours to Ellis Island, but also to the Statue of Liberty on Liberty Island are also available in the City passes for New York contained. These include the New York CityPass, the New York Pass and also the Explorer Pass.
Those who want to visit Ellis Island do not necessarily need a guided tour. The free guided tours of the so-called "park rangers", which start every hour at the museum's information point and last about 30 minutes, are highly recommended. If you want to get a deeper insight into the history of immigration or visit Ellis Island with children, a guided tour including the Statue of Liberty and a visit to the base is highly recommended.
For a tour to Ellis Island you should plan at least five hours including the crossing, queues, the obligatory security check before the crossing and a relaxed walk around the island. If you can take a whole day, you should definitely also visit Liberty Island and the Visit the Statue of Liberty. The crossing to Liberty Island by ferry is already included in the price of tickets.
Until 1954, Ellis Island was the seat of New York's Central Bureau of Immigration and served as a collection point for people from all over the world who immigrated to the United States between 1892 and 1954. Since 1990, the island has been open to visitors as the "Ellis Island Museum of Immigration" and tells, among other things, the story of the approximately 12 million immigrants who wanted to start a new life in the USA from Ellis Island.
15-year-old Annie Moore was the first immigrant to immigrate to the USA via Ellis Island. Her heritage is commemorated today by two bronze dams, one on Ellis Island and one in her native Ireland. When Annie arrived on Ellis Island with her brothers on December 20, 1891, after days of overseas travel, she certainly did not realize what a celebrity she would become. The registration process at Ellis Island consisted of a short medical examination and the answering of a few questions. The result then decided the fate of the potential immigrant.
Hard to believe, but a census in 2000 revealed that every sixth inhabitant of the USA (43 million US citizens) has German ancestors. Which very few people know: Many of the German immigrants settled after their arrival on Ellis Island, not far from Pennsylvania, and still today form the largest population group in the state with 25.3% . It was even discussed to introduce German as the official language of Pennsylvania.
Ellis Island became famous due to the wave of immigration from around 1880 onwards and attracted around 12 million people as a symbol of the "American Dream". The approximately 11ha large island was even "cultivated" to meet the masses of people who wanted to immigrate to the USA. Together with Liberty Island and Black Tom, the archipelago in New York's harbor was formerly called Oyster Islands because the islands were surrounded by oyster beds. However, the land reclamations destroyed the oysters' natural habitat. Identification with Ellis Island is particularly high among many US citizens, since almost one in two US citizens has ancestors who came to "the land of opportunity" via Ellis Island.
Ellis Island did not bear her name from the beginning. The Native Americans, the so-called "Indians", naturally had a completely different name for their island than the European invaders. "Seagull Island" or "Kioshk" was the actual name of the now world-famous island in the Hudson River. The name Ellis Island was only given to the island when Samuel Ellis acquired the land in 1770 during the American Revolution.