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Tour America's Icons

Visiting Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty is an inspiring, striking experience. As dual symbols of freedom and hope, these incredible monuments give proof to the story of immigration and recognize the human spirit of our nation’s ideals.

Rich with history and full of activities, Liberty and Ellis Islands welcome visitors to enjoy beautiful scenery and tour a pair of incredible museums.

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Plan Your Voyage

To get to Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty you’ll need to purchase a ticket through our partners at Statue Cruises. The only merchant authorized to bring passengers to the islands, Statue Cruises’ tickets give you access to ferries, the grounds, the museums, and audio guides.

For updates on island openings, please visit the National Park Service website.

Travel and Directions

Getting to the Islands

Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty are only accessible by ferry. The vessels depart at set times from locations in lower Manhattan and New Jersey and are easily accessible through a variety of travel options. Identify which ferry you’ll take and plan how best to get there.  Get Your Tickets

What To Expect

Liberty Island

Liberty Island is home to a beautiful park, an innovative museum, and America’s most iconic symbol of promise and possibility. As you explore the grounds, take in Lady Liberty from different angles noting her design details and how her appearance changes with the light.

The Statue of Liberty Museum is an experience unto itself. Full of incredible exhibits, the Museum gives color and context to the Statue and houses her original torch. Before you depart, be sure to visit the Liberty Vista atop the Museum for breathtaking view of the Statue and New York Harbor.

Ellis Island

Visitors to Ellis Island are given a unique view into American history. Beautifully restored to its peak operating period, the Island allows park-goers to step into the shoes of Ellis Island travelers and gives them a sense of the immigrant journey. At the Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration voyages come to life through a stunning collection of artifacts. Visit The American Family Immigration History Center to discover your connections to Ellis Island.

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Find practical information about visiting Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty and get answers to commonly asked questions about hours, accessibility, tours, and tickets.

The Foundation

Keepers of the Flame

The Foundation preserves Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty for visitors from around the world. We strive to connect Americans to their heritage and work to foster appreciation for the story of American immigration.