Visiting New York City’s Ellis Island

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For immagrants, New York City’s Ellis Island was the doorway to the United States. BEtween the years 1892 and 1954 more than 12 million eager want-to-be Americans flowed through its gates.

Because of its rich history, Ellis Island has become one of the top tourist attractions in New York City. It was renovated in 1990. You can now expect to find an impressive museum that really educates you about life was like during the time period when Ellis Island was running full steam ahead.

You should set aside about half a day to fully take in all the knowledge and experience that Ellis Island has to offer. The first thing you do when you begin your tour of Ellis Island is to watch a movie called “Island of Hope, Island of Tears.”

The film will take you back in time and give you a comprehensive overview of what it was like to pass through Ellis Island on your journey to become an American immagrant. The movie itself is not super long. It is replayed every half an hour for a new group of tourists to watch.

You will find that the Ellis Island museum has rangers who are knowledgeable about the history of the place. They will offer you a much more in-depth lecture on Ellis Island history. A tour of this sort will last roughly 45 minutes. These guides really know their stuff too. You will be impressed with their knowledge.

If you are not the type of person who likes guided tours from a tour guide, then you can also pay $8 for an automated audio tour. The audio guide will take about an hour from beginning to end. It also does a pretty good job of explaining the history of the place, altough I think you would enjoy the human guide better.

The people who designed the tourist attraction kept in mind that people would be bringing their children along. They have created an Ellis Island Junior Ranger program. You can pick up one of the booklets that contain an assortment of fun activities for kids to do as they walk around.

The American Family Immigration History Center is a favorite spot for those of you who want to do your own genealogical research for your family. There are workshops run throughout most of the year supported by the National Archives, where a person will give advice about how to go about doing your family genealogy. It is super cool to actually find your family members in the records.

If you are bringing the whole family there, you might want to pack a lunch. There are good spots to have a family picnic. If you don't feel like packing a lunch you can always buy one at one of the concession stands you will find there.

One of the best bonuses of the Ellis Island museum is that admission is free. You will have to pay to get to the island though. You have to take a ferry. The prices for the ferry change a lot so I am hesitant to post them here.

If you are an American History fan like me, then you will certainly be glad that you visited Ellis Island. You get that special feeling inside you as you visit there as if you know you are standing back in time at a place of real importance. It is worth the time to visit.