There are few sights more iconic in American history than the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. These are some of the most popular places to visit for tourists in New York City, and a must-visit destination for both domestic and international visitors.

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The Statue of Liberty and Lower Manhattan Skylines New York City
The Statue of Liberty and Lower Manhattan Skylines New York City

The idea for the Statue of Liberty was was initiated by a Frenchman named Edouard de Laboulaye and then sculpted by Frederic Auguste Bartholdi ten years later. After funding challenges, structural issues, and public criticism, the statue was finally completed and still stands today preserved for future generations to see. Meanwhile, Ellis Island was used to usher in more than 12 million immigrants from around the world between 1892 and 1954. Today, both iconic sights represent freedom and America’s roots as a country of immigrants.

Ellis Island
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Ellis Island

It’s actually very easy to get duped into purchasing Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island tickets from scammers when you’re in New York City. Be aware that Statue Cruises is the only National Park Service provider that is authorized to take visitors to the statue and the island. The only way to reach these destinations is by ferry, and a single ticket will take you to both sites and include an audio tour.

Historical photo of immigrants arriving at Ellis Island
Historical photo of immigrants arriving at Ellis Island

You can buy your combo ticket online, by phone, or onsite at Castle Clinton in Battery Park. But since these attractions are so popular, its is highly recommended to buy your ticket before the day of your visit. Audio and ranger-led tours are included with your ferry fee of $9 for children ages $9, $18.50 for adults over 13, and $14 for adults over 62. There is no extra fee for Liberty Island’s pedestal access, but you will need to make a reservation well in advance for that access. Crown tickets and hospital tours cost an additional fee and are subject to availability.

Another view of the Statue of Liberty
Another view of the Statue of Liberty

While at the Statue of Liberty, take some time to walk around the statue and visit the museum that covers the history of the statute and how its interpretation has changed over the years. The Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration allows visitors to walk through the halls where millions of immigrants walked in search of the American dream. This is also a place where you can trace the history of your immigrant ancestors by typing your last name into an onsite computer and searching through the records in an online database.

Tourists lining up at the ferry to see the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island
Tourists lining up at the ferry to see the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island

On the way to and from the attraction, the ferry ride is a fun experience in itself to see the beautiful views of the New York City Skyline. If you’d like a souvenir to remember your trip, stop by the gift shop and museum store next to the Crown Café or the National Parks of New York Harbor museum store by the main entrance. The photos don’t do these sites justice and are definitely worth experiencing for yourself!

Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island Information:
Address: 1 Battery Place, New York, NY 10004
Phone Number: 212-363-3200
Official Website

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