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Excursions The Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island

For millions of immigrants the Statue of Liberty, or more simply the Lady, was their first glimpse of America, a symbol of the New World. Americans still value it above all other monuments.

The ferry to the statue on Liberty Island leaves from Battery Park on the southern tip of Manhattan, every hour from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. to 4 p.m. in winter. On spring and summer weekends the ferry runs every half hour. The crossing takes about 20 minutes. Get there ahead of time if you want a seat on the upper deck.

Make the trip on a good day. The crossing is wonderful and you’ll have a magnificent view of Wall Street and downtown Manhattan. Once on the island, go first to the American Museum of Immigration inside the base of the statue and avoid the crush at the elevators.

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