Ellis Island is located in New York Harbor, and can only be reached by boat. Ferries are operated by Statue Cruises, and depart from Battery Park in Lower Manhattan in New York City. Ferries are also available from Liberty State Park in Jersey City, New Jersey.
How far would you travel to find a better life? What if the journey took weeks under difficult conditions? If you answered “Whatever it takes,” you echo the feelings of the 12 million immigrants who passed through these now quiet halls from 1892 to 1954. Ellis Island afforded them the opportunity to attain the American dream for themselves and their descendants. Come hear their stories.