Traffic & Travel Tips

Ellis Island is open on a limited basis while repairs continue.

Ellis Island is open on a limited basis while repairs continue. Ellis Island has reopened on a limited basis. Due to the nature of the destruction caused by Hurricane Sandy, many parts of the historic Main Building and museum, including most of the exhibits, remain closed.

Visiting Liberty and Ellis Islands are wonderful experiences, which should not be rushed. Please check ferry schedules to plan your trip in advance.
Seeing Ellis and Liberty Islands are wonderful experiences which should not be rushed. Check the ferry schedule ahead of time, so that you know when to arrive and when you want to leave.

NPS PHOTO by Kathleen Sullivan.


Battery Park, New York City: (Map: Google, Bing)

Take the East Side Drive (FDR Drive) south to Battery Park and State Street or the West Side Highway/West Street/Route 9A south to Battery Place. Designated parking is not available. Privately operated parking lots are located along West Street and South Street (beneath the FDR Drive) and may be used for a fee. Because parking is limited, it is best to arrive early or, better yet, to take public transportation.

GPS Address: 1 Battery Place, New York, NY 10004

Wheelchair/Handicapped-Accessible Parking to get to the ferry: Official placards are required in order to park in designated public parking spaces available in New York City. The closest metered parking spaces to Battery Park are on Battery Place. Private parking lots are available as well. Handicapped-accessible rest rooms are available in Castle Clinton National Monument and ferry ticket counters are handicapped accessible. For more information, including permits, please visit NYCDOT.



Liberty State Park in Jersey City, New Jersey: (Map: Google, Bing)

Those who board the ferry at Liberty State Park can not only visit Liberty and Ellis Islands, but can also visit lower Manhattan as well.

Take the New Jersey Turnpike Extension to Exit 14B. Follow the signs to Liberty State Park/Ferry to Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. Ample parking is available at Liberty State Park for a fee.

GPS Address: 1 Audrey Zapp Drive, Jersey City, NJ 07305

Wheelchair/Handicapped-Accessible Parking to get to the ferry: Designated spots for those with official placards are available. There are level walkways to the ferry boarding area. Handicapped-accessible rest rooms are located within the Central Railroad of New Jersey Terminal at Liberty State Park.

Last updated: November 15, 2013

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New York, NY 10004


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