Getaway idea: Ellis Island part of Statue of Liberty National Monument
Open from 1892 until 1954, Ellis Island in the waters between New York City and New Jersey was the nation's premier federal immigration station.
Visitors to the monument can walk in the footsteps of the over 12 million immigrants who landed there through ranger-led and audio tours. Many also use a visit to Ellis Island to trace their ancestry at the American Family Immigration History Center.
Although entrance to the museum is free, visitors will have to purchase a ferry ticket for their visit. Individuals interested in visiting the Statue of Liberty must make monument access reservations through the ferry company. These monument access reservations are free with the purchase of a ferry ticket.
The National Park Service strongly recommends purchasing a reserved monument ticket for weekends, holidays and daily from May through September, as visitation is quite high.
This destination comes from the National Park Getaways series, which helps people find new places to reconnect with nature, history, family and friends.
Each Wednesday, the National Park Service posts a new getaway idea on its website, nps.gov/getaways. There's a new park idea every week and most of the activities listed are free, so they're good, budget-friendly vacation options.