Ellis Island

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  • Listed in Landmarks
  • Ellis Island, United States
    New York, NY 07305
  • 877-523-9849
  • Open year round except Christmas Day.
    Ferries leave daily at 8:30 am or 9:30 / 4 pm or 3:30 pm am depending on the season. Ferries depart Ellis Island at 6 pm or 5:15 pm depending on the season.
  • Appropriate for ages 0 and up
  • Cost: $$

About Ellis Island

Operated through New York’s Park Service, Ellis Island symbolizes the passage of 12 million immigrants into America, starting over a century ago. The island served as an immigration inspection station from 1892 to 1954. After 1924, the island also hosted thousands of deportations and detentions. Ellis Island also served as an internment camp for German and Japanese prisoners during World War II. In 1965, the island was designated a national monument and deemed to be part of the Statue of Liberty.

An exhibit designed especially for children opened in the Spring of 2012. Children are encouraged to walk in the steps of the millions of immigrants before them, take in the breathtaking views, speak to a Ranger and engage in the Ellis Kids interactive exhibit.

While there is no fee to enter Ellis Island, the island is accessible by Ferry only. Visitors must purchase tickets to ride the Ferry.

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