Using CityPASS to Visit Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island

by - 7/31/2012 08:57:00 AM

Recently I decided to enjoy the day as a tourist and go see the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. I took along my son and uncle who both have never seen the statue or the island. Can you believe that? Clearly they were missing out on a treat.

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Taking a photo in front of the Statue of Liberty is a memorable moment. Not to mention walking on Ellis Island where thousands of immigrants stopped to be documented before making the New York area their homes. Since I recently received a NYC CityPASS booklet, I thought this would be the perfect time to use it. The CityPASS offers admission to the must-see attractions in 11 top destinations at huge savings of up to 50% off combined admission prices.

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So we headed to battery park and caught the State Cruises boat to get to Liberty Island. Getting on the boat with our NYC CityPASS was super easy. We didn't have to stand in the ticket line at all. We were told we could head right onto the line to board the boat. Score! Once on the boat, we sat on the outside and enjoyed the breeze during the short and sweet boat ride. The boat ride also gave a great riverside view of the statue as we came close to boarding

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We soon walked on Liberty Island and hurried over to find a spot to take our photos. My son and uncle posed for many photos to make sure they got the perfect shot. The background skies were clear and blue and made for a great photo background.

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After getting our photo, we enjoyed walking around the rest of the Island. My son watched the boats sail by and chased birds in the park, while I checked out the information landmarks.

Statue of Liberty

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We also stopped by the gift shop to check out some of the exhibits including the Auguste Bartholdi and the interactive puzzle.

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After Liberty Island we caught the next State Cruises going to Ellis Island to enjoy the sites there.

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On Ellis Island we toured around in the Immigration Museum. My son loved trying to find his name at the Flags of Faces exhibit.

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My uncle and I liked the Journey of the People exhibit and how it showed the diverse races and cultures that made America.

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We also stopped by the Registry room and tried to imagine what it was like for immigrants in that area. It's moving. All through the 3 floors of the museum are many different areas to explore and learn about the first immigrants experience.

We didn't see everything due to time and my son starting to get tired. But it's definitely worth a day trip if your curious about American immigrant history.

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On our way back to the State Cruises boat we stopped by the Wall of Honor. It's an amazing piece of sculpture that everyone should see at least once in their lifetime.

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As we sailed back on our way home, I was glad I was able to share the day with my uncle and son. They both have a different view of the immigrant experience but are bonded by the experiences of living here in New York City.

CityPASS ticket booklets bundles prepaid admission to a destination’s most famous attractions at significant savings. CityPASS ticket booklets, which are valid for nine days (14 days for Southern California), are available for 11 North American destinations: New York City, Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Hollywood, Houston, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Seattle, Toronto and Southern California.

If your visiting out of state or want to save money while touring famous sites in the state your living in, getting a CityPASS is a great option to save and enjoy.

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Please Note: I received a NYC CityPASS for review purpose. No other compensation was received. Views expressed are always 100% my own.

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