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

    Ellis Island

    Part of Statue of Liberty National Monument NJ,NY

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Directions

Visitors to Ellis Island have something in common with immigrants who came here a century earlier: they get here by boat.

Visitors to Ellis Island have something in common with immigrants who came here a century earlier: they get here by boat. Statue Cruises ferries take visitors to and from the island.

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One national park on two islands

Visitors arrive and depart Ellis and Liberty Islands, located in New York Harbor, via ferries operated by Statue Cruises. These ferries leave from two locations: Battery Park, at the southernmost tip of Manhattan, and Liberty State Park in Jersey City, New Jersey. Private vessels may not dock at either Ellis or Liberty Islands.

Getting to the ferry

Battery Park, lower Manhattan, New York City: Visitors boarding ferries in lower Manhattan should use public transportation whenever possible. For those who are driving or carpooling, parking can be both expensive and difficult for those who are not familiar with traffic in New York City.

Liberty State Park, Jersey City, New Jersey: Driving and parking at Liberty State Park is easier, but even here, visitors have options for public transportation.

 
Ferry Map with other sites of interest
 

Ferries from Battery Park, New York follow the black line. All ferries travel first to Liberty Island and then to Ellis Island before returning to Battery Park, New York. Ferries from Liberty State Park, New Jersey follow the blue line. All ferries travel first to Ellis Island and then to Liberty Island before returning to Liberty State Park, New Jersey.


 

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.