Visiting Ellis Island
Update as of June 29,2014: Due to damage sustained during Hurricane Sandy, Ellis Island is open with limitations.
National Parks of New York Harbor include 10 national parks with 22 natural, historic, and recreational sites. These national parks, preserve, special places tell the story of American and its greatest city, from the nation's early defenses to its first steps as a new democracy, from the waves of immigrants to the rise of a commercial powerhouse unrivaled in the world. They include powerful international icons and places of extraordinary beauty where you can experience our history and natural heritage on the land and on the water.
Did You Know?
From 1910 to 1940, the Angel Island Immigration Station in San Francisco Bay processed approximately 1 million Asian immigrants entering into the US, leading to it sometimes being referred to as "The Ellis Island of the West". Due to the restrictions of the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882, many immigrants spent years on the island, waiting for entry. Access to the island is by private boat or public ferry from San Francisco, Tiburon or Vallejo. Ferry services are reduced during the winter. More...