• 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!


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.


Starting May 24, 2014 through September 1, 2014
Departs from Mainland
Departs from Mainland
Departs from Ellis Island
8:30 A.M. 5:00 P.M. 7:00 P.M. *

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

  • 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?

Ellis Island main building

Ellis Island was added as part of the Statue of Liberty National Monument in 1965 by Presidential Proclamation. The main building was re-opened in September 1990 as the national museum of immigration after what was considered at the time, the largest restoration project in American history.