Ellis Island

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  • We Built This Island on Hope and Tears...

    Dec 8, 2005 by mrkstvns is a Top Reviewer on Epinions in Hotels & Travel
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Unusual opportunity to look into the hearts, minds, and dreams of America's immigrants...
    Cons: Tough logistics make for tough impromptu visits, much of island still neglected...

    Summary: Jefferson Starship might have "built this city on rock and roll", but it took a bit more than cheesy lyrics about Marconi playing the mamba to turn America into a great nation --- it took the sweat, labor, and sacrifices of millions of immigrants, coming ... read more

  • Trace your family history at Ellis Island

    Feb 28, 2010 by jps246 is a Top Reviewer on Epinions in Hotels & Travel
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: History comes alive, Hard not to get wrapped up in the site, Tours
    Cons: Wish more of the site was restored

    Summary: Having been to the Statue of Liberty several times in New York City, I didn't think I was missing much by not having been to Ellis Island.  When I finally got there, I realized that I was wrong.  Ellis Island is a destination by itself and ... read more

  • Great Historic Immigration Landmark

    Dec 8, 2007 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: well put together museum
    Cons: none

    Summary: We arrived at Ellis Island aboard the ferry in somewhat the same way the immigrants once landed here. When immigrant ships arrived in New York City, the first-class passengers disembarked on the mainland. The steerage passengers, which were the majority ... read more

  • Ellis Island: See Where My People Came From!

    May 31, 2007 by chelledun is a Top Reviewer on Epinions in Hotels & Travel
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Very important historic site, some very moving displays, focus on immigrant stories.
    Cons: Kind of a pain to get to and from, limited tickets.

    Summary: Ellis Island is famous as the site from which more than twelve million immigrants from all over the world entered the United States. For over sixty years, the island served as a registration and inspection facility, accepting many immigrants and denying ... read more

  • Ellis Island - America's Gateway to Freedom

    Feb 26, 2005 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Interesting, easy to understand exhibits. Beautiful setting.
    Cons: Getting there requires some effort and advance planning.

    Summary: In the United States millions of people see Ellis Island as a symbol of new beginnings. Nearly 4 out of 10 Americans have ancestors who immigrated to this country through this small, windswept island, which stands off the southern tip of Manhattan. When ... read more

  • Ellis Island: The Stepping Stone to America

    May 26, 2004 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: second floor exhibits, origins of language display, beautiful grounds, lovely boat ride
    Cons: lines for security can be extensive, gift shop not great, food expensive

    Summary: Like many millions of Americans some of my ancestors first set foot in this country at Ellis Island. I'd read books about Ellis Island and studied the immigration process in school but until two years ago I'd never actually visited Ellis Island. Then two ... read more

  • Not just a stopover to the Statue

    Nov 21, 2003 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Beautifully restored building and well crafted exhibits
    Cons: Waiting for the ferry which can get very crowded during the day.

    Summary: Couple of months ago, we decided to take a trip out to the statue of liberty. The first stop on the ferry was Ellis Island. We could decide to stop or stay on the ferry to go to Statue of Liberty on Liberty Island. We decided to stop over at Ellis Island ... read more

  • Ellis Island Portrays the American Experience!

    Aug 12, 2003 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Touching displays, romantic island location
    Cons: Ferry ride would be uncomfortable for those prone to seasickness.

    Summary: Ellis Island makes a great day trip from New York City. You must take a ferry to get there, either from NYC or from New Jersey. We have taken this trip twice from the New Jersey side. ELLIS ISLAND EXHIBITS Ellis Island was an immigration point for ... read more

  • ELLIS ISLAND, An American Tale.... Let me tell you the story.

    May 29, 2003 by popsrocks is a Lead on Epinions in Hotels & Travel
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Well displayed with multi-media information. A nice boat ride to the Islands
    Cons: The boats leave from lower Manhattan or New Jersey.

    Summary: The Statue or Liberty and Ellis Island are two different National Historic Sites. They are on two different islands. and they served two different functions. They both, however, must be visited by boat, the same boats. SOME FACTS *The ... read more

  • ELLIS ISLAND,A Gem of History in New York Harbor !

    Sep 14, 2002 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Historic and touching place to visit your roots
    Cons: Can be very cold during the winter months on the Ferry

    Summary: The other night as I watched President Bush make his speech from his podium on Ellis Island, I couldn’t help but be impressed and moved by the patriotic, picture postcard setting in view behind him. To his left, The Statue of Liberty ... read more

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