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Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island

Visiting the Statue of Liberty National Monument and Ellis Island can be a rich and rewarding experience. Located on a 12 acre island, the Statue of Liberty Enlightening the World was a gift of friendship from the people of France to the people of the United States and is a universal symbol of freedom and democracy. The Statue of Liberty was dedicated on October 28, 1886, designated as a National Monument in 1924 and restored for her centennial on July 4, 1986.

For more information or to make reservations, contact The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation, Inc., 212-561-4500

Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island Ferry: Boats leave from Battery Park, Manhattan and from Liberty State Park, New Jersey. They run about every 30 to 45 minutes starting at 9:00 a.m. (ferry schedules are subject to change).

Ferryboat Information (212) 269-5755

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In the northeast corner of Liberty State park is the CRRNJ (Central Railroad of New Jersey) Terminal, a historic transportation building.

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The partially restored terminal is used as a visitors' center and for exhibits and social and cultural events.

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In 1849, passenger service from New Jersey to New York was established via ferry transport from Elizabethport.

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Ferry dock view of New York City.

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A north to south view of the historic ferry terminal.

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During the 19th and early 20th centuries the area that is now Liberty State Park was a major waterfront industrial area with an extensive freight and passenger transportation network. This network became the lifeline of New York City and the harbor area.

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Ferries now leave from the front of the terminal to take visitors to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island.

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Ferry service from Liberty State Park to Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty is available throughout the year.

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Hudson River view of Manhattan Island.

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Most immigrants entered the United States through New York Harbor.

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The Main Building, designed by Boring and Tilton, 1898 to 1900. Ellis Island was the leading Federal immigration station from 1892 to 1954.

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The Ellis Island ferry building was built in 1935. It was a place immigrants waited in until they were released on the the Ellis Island ferry boat to Manhatten.

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This art deco style tower with American eagles from the 1930s.

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The Ellis Island Immigration Museum tells the inspiring story of the largest human migration in modem history and is a memorial to the immigrant experience.

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It is estimated that some 12 - 17 million Immigrants entered the United States through Ellis Island before it closed in 1954. This rebuilt steel and glass canopy was meant to recall the original canopy that stood from 1903 to 1931.

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