Today I am leaving Manhattan and visit Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. These historic and famous sights is a must while being in New York as a tourist. The ferry departs from Battery park.
From the battery you can see two of New York’s iconic landmarks—the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. Statue Cruises offers departures daily to these national monuments. You can purchase tickets online or at the kiosk in Castle Clinton National Monument.
Ticket bought, remember to specify if you want to visit the Statue of liberty and not only the grounds.
Sailing schedule for the ferry.
Clothing that is correct according to the temperature is important.
First close up of the Statue of Liberty.
It is a tourist thing, so get your elbows ready for taking the perfect shot of the statue.
On the grounds looking back at Manhattan while listening to a audio tour that is provided when you embark on the island.
The Statue of Liberty.
This is January, warm clothes makes a comfy stay at the island, here with Manhattan in the background.
Arriving at Ellis Island
In Upper New York Bay, was the gateway for over 12 million immigrants to the United States as the nation’s busiest immigrant inspection station from 1892 until 1954. The island was greatly expanded with land reclamation between 1892 and 1934. Before that, the much smaller original island was the site of Fort Gibson and later a naval magazine. The island was made part of the Statue of Liberty National Monument in 1965, and has hosted a museum of immigration since 1990. Long considered part of New York state, a 1998 United States Supreme Court decision found that most of the island is in New Jersey. The south side of the island, home to the Ellis Island Immigrant Hospital, is closed to the general public and the object of restoration efforts spearheaded by Save Ellis Island.
Museum entrance is included in the ticket and here you can spend hours learning about the journey that millions of people took and are taking to America.
This must have been an awesome sight for immigrants over a hundred years ago.
The Statue of Liberty seen from Ellis Island.
Traces of Norwegians arriving in America. “One Norwegian Kroner”.
Immigration surged after the U.S. Civil War and followed many of the same patterns as the Swedish immigration that preceded it. By the end of the 1860s there were more than 40,000 Norwegians in the U.S. More than one-ninth of Norway’s total population, 176,000 people, came in the 1880s. These immigrants, mostly rural families, made their way to the newly-opened lands of the Midwest, settling in Minnesota and Wisconsin, then moving west to Iowa, the Dakotas and sometimes the Pacific Coast. By the end of century, urban Norwegians had begun to arrive in substantial numbers as well, and formed lasting communities in the cities of the Great Lakes and East Coast. Norwegian immigration dropped off dramatically after the Immigration Act of 1924, and quickly slowed to a few thousand a year—a rate that has remained largely unchanged to the present day.
– Library of Congress
Photos of immigrants leaving their home country in search for a better life.
Manhattan seen from Ellis Island.
In line waiting for the ferry to take us back.
Heading back from Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island.
One of the worlds most famous skylines, enjoy!