Overflowing with rich American history, Ellis Island is an exciting and captivating place to travel to by going on the Ellis Island tour. The tour ticket is a round-trip ferry ride that offers breathtaking views of Manhattan, Ellis Island, and the Statue of Liberty. It is important to arrive to Castle Clinton 15 minutes before the start of the tour, so that you will be sure not to miss your ride, and something to remember is that the 8:30 am tour has the least wait lines, so that may be something for travelers to keep in mind. It is important to note that if you are carrying backpacks, strollers, and bulky items that you must check them into convenient lockers on Liberty Island. The reason why this tour is one of the best is that there are smaller security lines and an early departure time so you have a good chance at beating the thousands of tourists who travel to Lady Liberty every day; it’s a great feeling to skip the busy lines! On your way to Liberty Island you will dive into the rich history behind America’s famous statue and discover how it has evolved over the years. The tour guide is super friendly, personable, and knowledgeable, too!
Once you arrive, you will be greeted by an amazing view of Lady Liberty and the opportunity to go up to the observation decks for an incredible view of everything. Do not forget to bring a camera as you will want to take the views with you they are so beautiful. It gets quite windy up there so it may be wise to pack a light jacket or sweater and it can get quite chilly being on the water and the tour runs rain or shine. Take lots of pictures when you get to the island as you will not regret it later. Ellis Island also offers a three-flour museum that is bursting with history and documentation on immigrant’s that came to Ellis Island. What was especially interesting was a machine that they had there that allowed tourists to track their own family’s history to see if they had relatives that came to the island. Additionally, the museum has a store that sells books and items inspired by collections at the museum; there will surely be something for everyone at the museum store, and you can find great souvenirs here. If the hunger pangs strike while on your tour, visit the Ellis Island Café for a variety of high quality, organic food to pick from – you will not be disappointed.
Whether you are coming to Ellis Island for the first or tenth time, there will always be something new to explore and enjoy with this historical island. It is the perfect way to spend an early morning or afternoon in New York city that gets you away from all the hustle and bustle found in the heart of the city. The Ellis Island tour is the perfect tour to go on with your significant other, by yourself, or as a family because there is something for everyone to enjoy.
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