Operating Hours & Seasons

Ellis Island is open every day except December 25.

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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 NOVEMBER 28, 2016 THROUGH DECEMBER 16, 2016
FIRST FERRY
Departs from Mainland
LAST FERRY
Departs from Mainland
CLOSING FERRY
Departs from Ellis Island
9:00 A.M. 3:30 P.M. * 5:15 P.M. **
BOAT SCHEDULE DECEMBER 17, 2016 THROUGH DECEMBER 23, 2016
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. **
BOAT SCHEDULE DECEMBER 24, 2016 CLOSED DECEMBER 25, 2016
FIRST FERRY
Departs from Mainland
LAST FERRY
Departs from Mainland
CLOSING FERRY
Departs from Ellis Island
8:30 A.M. 1:30 P.M. * 3:15 P.M. **
BOAT SCHEDULE DECEMBER 26, 2016 THROUGH JANUARY 1, 2017
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 last departure from Battery Park will not stop at Ellis Island. Visitors on the last ferry departure from Battery Park will only be able to visit Liberty Island. Visitors on the last 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.

PLANNING YOUR VISIT

  • Ellis Island is open every day except December 25.
  • Visit the Fees and Passes 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.

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

Ellis Island Museum of Immigration
Statue of Liberty National Monument

New York, NY 10004

Phone:

(212) 363-3200
General Information.

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