This is my third time to Ellis Island. When we were there last time, a lot was closed because of the flooding. Things were in much better shape. When I got to NYC I learned of the Ellis Island hard hat tour. I think I'd...More
Hi Jacquikie, My husband and I was at NYC for 5 days and for us it was top of our list to visit SOL & Ellis Island! We didn't purchase a crown ticket as they get booked up to 5 months in advance. (not too sure it is worth... More
Hi Jacquikie, My husband and I was at NYC for 5 days and for us it was top of our list to visit SOL & Ellis Island! We didn't purchase a crown ticket as they get booked up to 5 months in advance. (not too sure it is worth it) Both are very interesting though and both have a lot of history which we didn't know about. If you buy tickets on the day be prepaid to queue!!! Not just to buy tickets but a lot of sites have a lot of security checks, just like the airport checks with bags & scanners etc. We got to Battery Park at 8.30am so we could get a coffee before our boat at 9.30am and the queues for the 8.30 boat were long at that time!!. We were so glad we booked our trip in advance as we past everyone in the ticket queue and past everyone who was queuing for the boat. We booked the New York Tour1 with TripAdvisor. You get a fully guided tour of both SOF & Ellis Island and the bonus is you skip past all these queues which will save you a lot of time! Our round trip was about 4hrs- but they stay you need to allow 5hrs. When your at the SOL you walk around the museum with your guide and go up to the pedestal there is a view point which you may not know if you went on your own but you can see up the centre of Liberty and how she is constructed. The trip was £83.86 for both of us. After our tour our guide Rachel made sure we skipped past all the queues to get on the boat back. Top Tip- plan your trip in advance, buy tickets to the sites you want to see before you go. We got all our tickets through TripAdvisor!! Best time to see the sites is early as possible to save time queuing. Hope this helps!!