After using the free CityPasses and starting the morning off at the Empire State Building, we caught the subway downtown to Battery Park and caught the ferry to the Statue of Liberty. The ferry was full with tourists and schoolkids on field trips. I smiled as I flashed back to all my adventures around the world. This could have been Rome or Barcelona or London…
Again, the CityPass gets you to the Statue of Liberty but to see the monuments and museum inside the base of the statue, you need to buy that SEPARATE ticket BEFORE you get to Liberty Island. This is very important. If you don’t buy the tickets back at Battery Park, you are out of luck. They don’t sell them on Liberty Island. I don’t quite understand that, but there are signs clearly to that effect everywhere.
One note: There are plans to open the crown of Lady Liberty this coming July 4th since being closed after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. One good reason to head there this summer.
The same ferry runs a circuit between Battery Park, Liberty Island and Ellis Island, so we caught it and headed over to Ellis Island. The main exhibition floor is huge and has all kinds of stats on immigration to America.
The hallways surrounding the main halls are filled with rooms that have smaller exhibits.
I thought of Ellis Island as being an entry point for mostly people of European descent. But there were many mentions of folks from Central and South America, Africa and Asia. Some of the exhibits also talked about the slave trade to the Americas. I was glad to see that mentioned prominently there.
We had a great time with CityPass. A great value and a great way to see the big (any) city on a budget!