Use of public transportation (subway, ferry). Walking up to 8 miles throughout the day.
In the Tick Tock Diner.
We’ll begin our morning by meeting a former National Parks Ranger for a historical look at Ellis Island and The Statue of Liberty. Then we'll take the subway downtown to the very bottom tip of Manhattan island where we'll board the ferry for our day on Liberty & Ellis Islands. We will explore both islands at our own pace to see and do what interests each of us most. Liberty Island features a wonderful state of the art museum dedicated to the statue. It is not to be missed. Additionally, you may choose to stroll around the island while listening to the included audio guide or join up with a NPS Ranger. The Statue of Liberty was an amazing gift to the people of America from the people of France — our oldest ally — celebrating freedom and democracy. We’ve seen this national monument in countless movies and TV shows and may even take it for granted, but at its unveiling on the Fourth of July 1884, it was the biggest event in the country. Years later, these words of poet Emma Lazarus were added: “Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!” With the opening of the new museum, the park service no longer includes entry into the pedestal or the statue as part of our admission. If this is something you would like to do, these tickets may be arranged separately, in advance of the program and at your own cost via the NPS exclusive ticket seller: www.statuecruises.com. Note: Choosing to arrange this for yourself will require a great deal more time on Liberty Island and will necessarily reduce your time on Ellis Island.
We’ll have vouchers for lunch at the Statue of Liberty cafeteria on Liberty Island.
At your own pace, it’s on to Ellis Island. From 1892 to 1954, more than 12 million people coming to America passed through Ellis Island. This was their “golden door” to new lives. Today, the descendants of these immigrants make up almost half of all Americans. The Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration tells the story of where people came from and what their experience was like. We all came from somewhere. This is a chance to learn more about your own family heritage at the genealogy center (for a small additional fee). We’ll take the ferry back to Manhattan and explore the oldest inhabited area of the city and learn about some of New York's ties to the American Revolution. Then, we’ll follow in the footsteps of immigrants, many of whom went first from Ellis Island to the Lower East Side of Manhattan, at one time the most densely populated neighborhood on earth. The Lower East Side is today home to New York's Chinatown and Little Italy.
At a restaurant in Little Italy.
We'll return to the hotel by approximately 7:30. The rest of the evening is at leisure.