My husband and I visited the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island on 7/2/2010. We took the ferry from Liberty Park in Jersey City, NJ. We arrived at approximately 10:30am and it took approximately 40-45 minutes before we actually boarded the ferry... not too long in my opinion since we had to buy tickets, go through security and wait for the ferry to return. The ferry ride was wonderful and relaxing. The ferry stops at Ellis Island first but we went to Liberty Island first since we were on somewhat of a time constraint. Liberty Island was beautiful, clean and amazing. I love Lady Liberty. We took lots of fantastic pictures, ate lunch (which was quite good for the amount of people) and climbed to the top of the pedestal. Tickets including the pedestal and audio tour were only $20 each. We then took the ferry to Ellis Island... we didn't get to spend as much time as I would have liked, but it was still great. I highly recommend the audio tour at Ellis Island or it seemed like it could get a bit boring. There isn't a ton to see at Ellis Island, but the audio tour made the tour and experience more real and put my imagination to work... with the audio tour I could actually imagine what it was like for immigrants coming into the US. My only regret is that we didn't get to stay at Ellis Island longer (to look at every display) and that we weren't able to get crown tickets to the Statue of LIberty. I went online a month in advance and they were already sold out!
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