Posted by: Mary | August 9, 2012

Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island

On our third and final day in New York City, we had booked tickets to visit the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island.  I highly recommend booking your tickets in advance because if you purchase them on site the day you want to take the tour, you will wait in a long line, even for the early boats…and sometimes they sell out.  Tickets can be purchased through Statue Cruises.

We bought water to take on the ferry and then went through the security line to catch our boat.  It was a relatively short trip out to the Statue of Liberty, which was our first stop.  Our tickets included the audio guide, so we picked those up and listened to the history behind the statue and learned some interesting facts.  Did you know that the statue is only as thick as two pennies? She’s made of copper and the patina is the reason she has the blue-green color. We learned this on the audio guide, but they had more statistics posted at the monument which can also be found on their website.

We spent about 45 minutes at the Statue.  The Statue is currently under renovation until later this Fall, so although we were able to visit the island and see her from the outside, we could not go inside.  We both knew that she was very tall, but her stature is much more impressive in person.  We then stopped for a quick lunch at the cafeteria-style restaurant on the island before catching the ferry to Ellis Island.

We spent the majority of the day on Ellis Island and used the audio guide here too.  Most of the exhibits have placards that you can read, but the audio guide gives even more information and was worth th extra cost.  While I am not aware of any of my family members immigrating through Ellis Island, it was a moving exhibit that really taught you about what the new immigrants went through when they arrived.  It was a great history lesson for my teenage niece as well.  All in all, I think we were there for about four hours.

After taking the ferry back to Battery Park (there are also ferries from New Jersey, so be sure to catch the right one), we found a restaurant for dinner and wandered around a historic area while waiting for sunset so that we could catch the Staten Island Ferry at just the right time.  The sunset and Manhattan skyline all lit up at night were both beautiful.  Unfortunately, due to the movement of the ferry, we didn’t get any good pictures, but it will be a memory that we will always share.

Our final stop for the night was a nice restaurant near our hotel for a very late dessert around 10pm.  It was the perfect way to end a wonderful day and a wonderful three days in NYC shared with my niece. 

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