Liberty Island & Ellis Island, New York City, USA

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Visiting the Statue of Liberty National Monument is another New York City attractions to tick off from my list, I was not overly excited to see it, but it doesn’t make sense to travel halfway around the globe and miss the chance of seeing up close and personal the iconic Lady Liberty, suffice to say the one that best represent the city or the country itself.

Nonetheless, my trip to the Liberty Island and Ellis Island turns out to be a day well spent, I was blessed with a perfect weather for a boat ride away from Manhattan.
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Getting to both the islands is actually easy with the State Cruises company offering daily trip to both Liberty Island and Ellis Island, but securing a ticket specifically during peak seasons proven to be a difficult one.
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There are various ways to purchase the ticket either you book online in advance via the company website, purchase a City Pass or try your luck and head to the Battery Park booth and purchase the ticket the same day.
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I actually went for the Battery Park option and was lucky to secure the first departing cruise the same day, but you could also imagine that I had to be at the park quite early in order to do so.

There are several ticket combinations available and I purchased with Pedestal Access option, meaning I can enter the statue itself until the seams of her skirt as a good approximation, for some panoramic view of the surrounding areas.
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Everyone who boarded the cruise headed straight to the open deck portion with much anticipation and excitement as the image of the statue getting closer and closer. Maybe a mood similar back then, when the sight of the statue is the first thing that most immigrants saw upon arriving in the United States.
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A UNESCO World Heritage Site, a gift to the United States from the people of France, the statue of a robed female representing Libertas, the Roman goddess, holding a torch and a tablet evoking law is an icon for the United States symbolizing liberty, democracy and opportunity.
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After the Liberty Island, most people head back to Battery Park and completely miss out Ellis Island, with the Immigration Museum is actually worth a visit.

Ellis Island was the country busiest immigration inspection from 1892 to 1954, the gateway for millions of immigrants to the United States.

A walk inside the Immigration Museum accompanied by an audio guide explains all the process taken to admit or reject immigrants intending to enter the United States back then.
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I can only imagine how significant Ellis Island is for families with their own tales of entering the country.
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