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

    Ellis Island

    Part of Statue of Liberty National Monument NJ,NY

Operating Hours & Seasons

Ellis Island is open every day except December 25.

NPS Photo

Ellis Island is open every day except December 25. Weather can influence the ability of the ferries to run so check us out on Twitter in the event of inclement weather.

To enjoy both Ellis and Liberty Islands with ample time, plan to be on a Statue Cruises Ferry that departs from Battery Park or Liberty State Park before 1:00 P.M.

 
BOAT SCHEDULE THROUGH DECEMBER 19, 2014
FIRST FERRY
Departs from Mainland
LAST FERRY
Departs from Mainland
CLOSING FERRY
Departs from Ellis Island
9:30 A.M. 3:30 P.M. * 5:15 P.M. **

BOAT SCHEDULE DECEMBER 20, 2014 THROUGH JANUARY 4, 2015
FIRST FERRY
Departs from Mainland
LAST FERRY
Departs from Mainland
CLOSING FERRY
Departs from Ellis Island
8:30 A.M. 3:30 P.M. * ^ 5:15 P.M. **

* The 3:30 departure from Battery Park will not stop at Ellis Island. Visitors on the 3:30 departure from Battery Park will only be able to visit Liberty Island. Visitors on the 3:30 departure from Liberty State Park will have the choice of visiting either Liberty Island or Ellis Island, but not both.
** Ellis Island begins closing 30 minutes prior to the final departure.

^ December 24, 2014: The last ferry will depart from the mainland at 1:30 PM, and the closing ferry will depart from Ellis Island at 3:15 PM. Visitors on the 1:30 departure from Battery Park will only be able to visit Liberty Island. Visitors on the 1:30 PM departure from Liberty State Park will have the choice of visiting either Liberty Island or Ellis Island, but not both.

PLANNING YOUR VISIT
  • Ellis Island is open every day except December 25.
  • Visit the Fees and Reservations section for ticket prices.
  • When arriving, please allow for time to pass through security.
  • The last entrance into the monument for Crown and Pedestal ticket holders is 3:30 PM. After that time, access on Liberty Island is limited to the Grounds Only.
  • Ferry schedules are listed on the Statue Cruises website or at the Information Desk on Ellis Island.
  • Wait times to board any ferry can be over 90 minutes during peak months (April - September) and holidays. It is essential to factor in extra time for security clearance, ferry boarding and ferry transportation when planning your trip.
  • For additional information, please contact the park.
 

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