Island of Hope, Island of Tears: Ellis Island’s Main Attractions

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Island of Hope, Island of Tears: Ellis Island’s Main Attractions

City Tales

15 August, 2017

Any trip to New York is incomplete without a visit to Ellis Island. An island that would bring hope to so many and misery to a few – earning the nickname ‘island of hope, island of tears’.


If you want to learn about New York, you must first take some time to learn about the history of immigration to New York. In 1890 Ellis Island was designated as the first Federal Immigration Station by Benjamin Harrison, and, it was on this small island in New York harbor that the future of millions of people was decided.

Visiting Ellis Island

Today, Ellis Island is one of New York’s most popular attractions for visitors to the city. The building which was previously used as the immigration station has been converted into a thought provoking museum that is well worth a visit.

The Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration tells the story of the millions of immigrants who were processed on the island. The original buildings have been preserved, where possible, and a number of tasteful exhibitions including photographs as well as personal objects bring the stories to life.

The Ellis Island Immigration Museum entrance hall

Our guided tour of The Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island will see your guide take you on the same journey as an immigrant would have made on Ellis Island; from the ferry dock, to the Baggage Room, through the Great Hall, down the Stairs of Separation and on to the Kissing Post.

Why Take the Tour?

If you choose to take our guided tour of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, you will receive a personal headset allowing you to hear your guide as you move through the crowds and ensuring that you don’t miss any of the entertaining stories or intriguing history of the Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island.

An aerial view of Ellis Island

You’ll also see the monuments of Battery Park, fully explained by your guide; including the Immigrants Statue, The Korean War Veteran’s Memorial and Fritz Koenig’s “Sphere” which miraculously survived the attacks on September 11th.

Your Statue of Liberty pedestal ticket allows you special access inside the Statue of Liberty National Monument and includes entry to The Statue of Liberty Museum where you will learn all there is to know about Lady Liberty before ascending to The Pedestal Level Observation Deck for great views (and photo opportunities!) of New York City’s skyline and harbor.

Enjoy an easy, stress-free visit to this must-see NYC attraction, book your tickets for our guided tour now!

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