• Immigrants awaiting inspection in front of Ellis Island's Main Building

    Ellis Island

    Part of Statue of Liberty National Monument NJ,NY

For Kids

Jonathan, a 12 year old from Maryland, earns his Junior Ranger badge at Ellis Island

Jonathan, a 12 year old from Maryland, earns his Junior Ranger badge at Ellis Island.

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Have Fun Learning about Ellis Island and the National Park Service!

An exhibit designed for kids visiting Ellis Island with their families opened April 21, 2012. Learn more about the Ellis Kids children's exhibit and hopefully you can visit soon!

There are many ways to have fun at National Park Service sites. At Ellis Island, you can explore the museum and follow in the footsteps of immigrants 100 years ago. You can see the skyscrapers of New York from the harbor. You can attend a ranger talk or take the audio tour. You can also become a Junior Ranger.

Guess What?

There are 21 more National Park sites in the New York City area. Click to discover more. Many of these sites have Junior Ranger programs too!

Even if you can't visit a National Park Service site, you can still have fun learning about national parks by becoming a WebRanger! Visit www.nps.gov/webrangers to learn more, play games, and complete lots of activities while learning about national parks.

Have fun!!

Did You Know?

passenger manifest

Since the passage of the "Steerage Act of 1819", passenger manifests have been required for all arriving vessels to be delivered to the U.S. Government and reported to Congress. This document, used for inspection at Ellis Island, has become an important starting point in researching family history.