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An Epic Family Adventure: Conquering the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island

*Sponsored Content: I was provided complimentary tickets for the purpose of this review, however, all opinions are my own.

Hey there, fellow adventurers! Picture this: my two teenage daughters, who grew up on Long Island, and my hubby, who’s from nearby Connecticut, have never taken the liberty to visit Lady Liberty herself. The closest they’ve been to the Statute of Liberty is when I made them watch my favorite ‘80s movie, Working Girl. It’s a classic and must-see attraction, much like the big green lady herself. Now that school has let out, we needed a fun staycation, so we hopped on the train and made our way to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island

Now, let me tell you, it was a stroke of genius to have this incredible adventure just a hop, skip, and a ferry ride away. No need to endure those long, cramped flights or listen to the never-ending “Are we there yet?” chants from the back seat. We hopped on the ferry, enjoyed the breathtaking views of the city skyline, and boom, we arrived at Liberty Island. One really important piece of advice: get your tickets from as it’s the only authorized transportation to Liberty and Ellis Island. This is definitely the way you want to go. 

As we approached the iconic Statue of Liberty, I couldn’t help but feel a sense of pride and awe. It’s not just a symbol of freedom but also a symbol of the incredible journey and sacrifices made by countless families who came to America in search of a better life. It’s a story that resonates with all of us moms, no matter where we come from.

Our daughters were fascinated by the history and significance of Lady Liberty. We snapped a zillion photos, capturing memories to cherish forever. The sheer joy on their faces was priceless! It’s moments like these that make us realize the importance of teaching our kids about our shared heritage and the values that make our country so special.

Let’s not forget about Ellis Island. This place is a treasure trove of stories and experiences that every mom should share with her family. As we explored the Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration, it was like stepping into a time machine. The exhibits and displays vividly showcased the struggles and triumphs of immigrants who passed through these halls. It was a powerful reminder of the resilience and determination that brought families together in this melting pot of cultures. Seeing the stories of these immigrants made my girls realize they were real people, not just stories in a history book. The museum made it feel more real.

Now, one of the highlights for our crew was stumbling upon the Wall of Honor. Seeing the names of those who paved the way for future generations was nothing short of heartwarming. It really hammered home the idea that we’re all part of this grand tapestry, woven together by diverse cultures and backgrounds. It also sparked some serious curiosity in my girls, who now want to dig deeper into our own family history. Looks like genealogy research just got added to our to-do list!

This epic mini-vacation/staycation to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island wasn’t just about learning and exploring. It was about connecting as a family, creating memories, and gaining a deeper appreciation for the melting pot that is our nation. And guess what? We didn’t have to travel far, endure hours of plane rides, or break the bank to have this enriching experience.

But hold on a second, my friends! This incredible spot isn’t just for us New Yorkers. Whether you’re from the tri-state area or anywhere else in this beautiful country, you gotta consider the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island for your next family getaway. Trust me on this one. It’s a meaningful journey that will leave an indelible mark on your kids and give you a chance to celebrate American history and culture in all its glory. So pack your bags, grab your family, and get ready to be embraced by Lady Liberty and Ellis Island’s warm, welcoming arms. It’s time to make some memories!

July 14, 2023

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  1. We have been to NYC so many times and it is sad to admit that we have not yet visited the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. I am sure it invokes some feelings as the ferry draws close. A fun spot for a family visit.

  2. Jane Frith says:

    So important to familiarise young people with history! This post brought back wonderful memories for me. I visited Lady Liberty 22 years ago and the experience is ingrained in my mind. We were allowed up into the crown (is that allowed any more?) but not the torch. Unfortunately, we did not visit Ellis Island and I would so love to do this.

  3. Yvonne says:

    What a great outing with the family! The kiddo and I definitely want to do this next time we visit NYC. Great post!

  4. Maryanne says:

    Also good for visitors from overseas. Such a fascinating place with a lot of history and it seems that it created the U.S. as you know it today. Thanks for all the tips and thanks for sharing!

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