Discovering NYC Series: Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island

Discovering NYC Series: Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island

The leaves are changing colors and the crowds are starting to die down – it must be fall in New York City. Before the wintery weather takes over this concrete jungle, spend a few days outdoors visiting the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island.  When is the last time you took the opportunity to explore our nation’s gateway to culture and immigration? Here’s what to expect when visiting:

Statue Cruises is the official provider authorized by the National Park Service to take visitors to and from Liberty and Ellis Island. Through their official website, you can purchase different levels of tickets from visiting both of the islands’ grounds to making your way up to the crown. Every ticket includes a pass to Ellis Island Museum.

Statue of Liberty

Take a stroll around the grounds of Lady Liberty and then, depending on the type of ticket you purchased, head into the pedestal. The pedestal was actually constructed and paid for by the American people and is roughly half the height of the entire monument. Pedestal tickets allow visitors to access the museum as well as the Fort Wood Level. From the pedestal you can take the stairs or elevator to the top of the Statue. You can experience 360 degree views of Lower Manhattan by walking around the crown. Self-guided, as well as Park Ranger guided tours, are available for purchase.

Ellis Island

Ellis Island was the gateway for over 12 million immigrants to the United States from 1892 until 1954. Before heading into the museum, walk along the American Immigrant Wall of Honor and search for your family’s name. To save time, visit the Wall of Honor’s website to pinpoint which panel your family’s name is engraved on. Next, make your way into the iconic Ellis Island Museum and discover what millions of immigrants overcame in order to achieve a better life for themselves and their family.

If you’re just looking to take some great shots of Lady Liberty from afar, hop on the Staten Island Ferry and take a leisurely boat ride around the island. Whether you’re new or just visiting Lower Manhattan, Q&A Residential Hotel accommodates the needs of today’s business and leisure travelers. Furnished Quarters, the company behind Q&A Hotel, features pertinent area events and attractions on their official blog as well. Check it out!