• 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 spring, summer, fall and winter. In fact, the park is open every day except December 25.

Ellis Island is open spring, summer (shown above), fall and winter!

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 either lower Manhattan or Jersey City before 1:00 P.M.

 
BOAT SCHEDULE THROUGH OCTOBER 13, 2014
FIRST FERRY
Departs from Mainland
LAST FERRY
Departs from Mainland
CLOSING FERRY
Departs from Ellis Island
8:30 A.M. 4:00 P.M. 6:00 P.M. *

BOAT SCHEDULE OCTOBER 14, 2014 THROUGH NOVEMBER 21, 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. *

* Ellis Island begins closing 30 minutes prior to the final departure.

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.
  • Ferry schedules are listed on the Statue Cruises website or at the Information Center on Liberty 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.
 

Did You Know?

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Most Americans remember Bob Hope for his work in the entertainment business as a comedian, actor, dancer and singer, as well as his work with the American troops abroad. Few people know that Bob Hope was an immigrant from England who came here with his family and passed inspection at Ellis Island on March 30, 1908, at the age of 5. (center of photo) More...