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Ellis Island dates back to 1894 when it was used as the immigrant gateway to America. Today, this 27.5 acre island is best known for the immigration museum that is housed in the former immigration station complex. Over the years, the island has undergone major changes and now includes hospitals, dormitory buildings and a powerhouse apart from the Ellis Island Immigration Museum building. With more than two-million visitors annually, the island has become one of the top tourist destinations in New York. The island also promises spectacular views of the Statue of Liberty and a combined ticket includes both sites.
Located in Liberty State Park, the Liberty Science Center stimulates learning and enhances the mind's natural state of thinking. There are several thematic exhibition areas covering topics that vary from evolution to architecture. Our Hudson Home, the da Vinci Surgical Robot Exhibit, Infection Connection and Skyscraper! Achievement & Impact are just some of the interactive exhibitions at LSC. These exhibitions allow kids to gain information and develop hands-on experience related to the topics. The center also houses the country's largest IMAX® Dome Theater, which is 88 feet (26.82 meters) in diameter and seats 400. A top-notch event space is available for private events, with upscale catering and a gorgeous view.
A short ferry ride from Lower Manhattan will bring you to the serene Governors Island, where the city seems as if it is a world away. The island is open only during summer, but if you have seen all of the other islands around Manhattan, this one merits a visit. In fact, it only relatively recently opened to the public after 200 years of restricted military usage. The island has some amazing views of the waterscape, Red Hook, Brooklyn, the Verrazano Bridge and the Manhattan skyline. You'll have to bring along your own supplies on this outing because services and facilities are limited. There is also another access point from Brooklyn in the neighborhood of Cobble Hill.
The Governors Island National Monument in New York City was a former base of the United States Coast Guard. The protected island consists of a historic district and is also a venue for concerts, festivals and other events. Visitors can also relax at any of the picnic areas on the island. Guided tours of the monument are available.
Located in Battery Park at the very southern tip of Manhattan, this World War II memorial features eight 19-foot (5.8-meter) granite pillars engraved with the names of over 4600 U.S. servicemen who either died or were reported missing overseas in the western Atlantic Ocean during Word War II. The memorial's main attraction is a large bronze eagle which rests on top of a black granite slab in between the two rows of pillars. The memorial neighbors the historic Fort Clinton.
Located in Battery Park, this often overlooked memorial pays homage to the Merchant Marines who perished in various conflicts around the world. This particular sculpture designed by Marisol Escobar depicts Merchant Marines trying to save a compatriot from the frigid waters. The sculptor used an actual scene from a German U-boat captain, when the sub sank a ship carrying oil from Venezuela to Canada during WWII. The captain took a photo and Escobar used this shot as a guide. When you come at high tide, the man in the water who reaches up from the cold waters of New York harbor becomes submerged to the fingertips.
Statue Cruises will give you a glimpse of the New York skyline and all its important attractions as you sail down the Hudson on its vessel. They have collaborated with the management that maintains the Statue of Liberty and can thus grant you close views of the magnificent Lady Liberty. Sign up for their harbor cruises and get splendid views of New York and many of its famous landmarks, including Ellis Island, the Brooklyn Bridge and others. Check the website for further information regarding pricing, routes and packages.