Sail to Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty

By Patti Pietschmann, Travel Diva

New York cruise

If you’re heading to New York and looking for some late summer fun, read this. No trip to the Big Apple is complete without a visit to the State of Liberty and Ellis Island. And Statue City Cruises  ferries make it easy to get to both.

The ferry departs from New York’s Battery Park and New Jersey’s Liberty State Park. Both departures start at 9 a.m. and run until 4:30 p.m. daily. This gives you an extra 90-minutes to explore both. Returns are available until 6:15 p.m. You will need to wear a face mask during the cruise and tour.

More than just a tour

In addition to its historical meaning, the tours give you a chance to trace your family history at the Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration. You can also take a hard hat  tour around Ellis Island’s Hospital complex.

Ellis Island

Tickets cost $23.50 for adults, $18 for seniors, $12 per child but free for children three years and under. The price  includes  audio tours on Liberty and Ellis Island. It’s a good idea to buy tickets in advance from the Statue City Cruises website. Tickets are also available at the Battery Park and Liberty State Park box offices.

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About Hornblower

Hornblower Group is made up of American Queen™ Steamboat Company and City Experiences.  Hornblower’s footprint spans 111 countries and territories, and 125 U.S. cities, with offerings including water-based experiences, land-based experiences, overnight cruise experiences, and ferry and transportation services.   Hornblower Group  headquarters in San Francisco, California, with additional corporate offices in Boston, Massachusetts; Chicago, Illinois; London, United Kingdom; New Albany, Indiana; New York, New York; and across Ontario, Canada.



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