Sometimes all it takes is a single day trip within your own city to feel like you’ve taken a vacation. This past weekend we went to visit the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. Despite the misty weather, the day was perfect. The ferry ride transported us to a historical wonderland where we learned about our country’s (and my family’s) history. We basked in the beauty of Lady Liberty (she is even more impressive close-up) and could see all the way from the Verrazano Bridge to the northern stretches of the New York City skyline. The self-guided audio tours of Liberty Island and Ellis Island were equally interesting for my children as they were for us, and there was plenty of open space for the kids to play.
Make sure to buy tickets well in advance if you want to go up to the crown. Pedestal access and grounds tickets are easier to come by. If you go, consider departing from Liberty State Park where tickets tend to sell out less quickly and there is plenty of parking if you plan to drive. You can also ferry to Liberty State Park from the World Financial Center. For more information and details, cut and paste this this link in a new browser: http://www.nps.gov/stli/planyourvisit/index.htm