Travel

The first time I went to New York I got to have some amazing classic New York experiences including Broadway shows, dinner at Tavern on the Green in Central Park, and wandering the streets of Greenwich Village. I didn’t get to see the Statue of Liberty because when you go see the Statue of Liberty, you really have to commit an entire day. You’ve got be sure that this is really what you want to do! That being said, I’ve really wished to that I had the chance to experience it ever since so this time we set aside a day to do it! Today I’m sharing my tips on how to have a successful day!

New York Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island | www.sweetteasweetie.com

Plan ahead! Buy tickets online ahead of time. I bought our tickets 4 months ahead of time & the very limited tickets to the top were all sold out. We got some of the last tickets up to the pedestal.

Allow plenty of time to get there. Traffic gridlocks & the area around the ferry landing is crazy packed. We cabbed it there & we had to get dropped off several blocks away because it was so crowded.

Plan for security. There are long lines to get on the ferry because you have to go through metal detectors before boarding the ferry. This isn’t the last time either. If you go up inside the Statue of Liberty, there are long lines there too and you cannot take your bags. You must place them in a locker then go through more metal detectors. Allow plenty of time when arriving at the ferry building & when you plan out which ferry to take back.

Bring plenty of water & snacks. It’s a long day & options are limited.

Plan to do Ellis Island as well! You already went through security, you’re already on the ferry, and Ellis Island is an amazing museum. Don’t skip it! Just be aware that late afternoon tours, 2PM and 3PM, will not have enough time to stop at Ellis Island Immigration Museum.

Before or after your tour, take the short walk over to the 9/11 Memorial.

New York Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island | www.sweetteasweetie.com New York Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island | www.sweetteasweetie.com
New York Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island | www.sweetteasweetie.com
New York Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island | www.sweetteasweetie.com Looking up into the crown!

New York Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island | www.sweetteasweetie.com
New York Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island | www.sweetteasweetie.com
New York Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island | www.sweetteasweetie.com
One last look at New York before jumping on the ferry & heading to Ellis Island!

New York Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island | www.sweetteasweetie.com New York Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island | www.sweetteasweetie.com

The ferry docked at Ellis Island in front of an opposing building.

New York Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island | www.sweetteasweetie.com

We went straight to the registry room which immigrants stood waiting to be inspected, not unlike passing through customs today. It was humbling to stand there!

New York Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island | www.sweetteasweetie.com
New York Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island | www.sweetteasweetie.com

New York Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island | www.sweetteasweetie.com The dormitory room….it reminded us of our 3rd class sleeper car in Italy. Jam packed!

New York Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island | www.sweetteasweetie.com Do you think generations after us will look at our graffiti walls with interest?

New York Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island | www.sweetteasweetie.com

New York Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island | www.sweetteasweetie.com Did your ancestors come through here?

New York Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island | www.sweetteasweetie.com
New York Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island | www.sweetteasweetie.com

New York Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island | www.sweetteasweetie.com

 

What do you think, is seeing the Statue of Liberty worth the full day trip?

The Monterey Bay Aquarium is just too big to fit into one post. If you missed last week’s intro to the Monterey Bay Aquarium, check it out! There is a large children’s section at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. It houses interactive displays and a playground. I loved this lesson board on eels. I couldn’t even […]

Continue Reading

The main reason people visit Monterey is for the absolutely incredible Monterey Bay Aquarium. I’m willing to go ahead and say its the most amazing aquarium ever. It’s housed in an old sardine cannery & circulates ocean water through thanks to its amazing location right on the water. They have a huge assortment of sea […]

Continue Reading

I am a tiki bar fanatic. I think I even mentioned that in my About Me section! I love to duck into a little divey tiki bar where ever we go to get a feel for the Caribbean. Some of those spots have been winners (Smuggler’s Cove), some of those have been disappointing. One spot […]

Continue Reading

Nestled right in between Monterrey and Carmel by the Sea is a little town called Pacific Grove. It is brilliant because it often gets skipped by tourists for its better known neighbors, making it the preferred spot to stay for local weekenders. It is within easy biking distance from the famous Monterrey Bay Aquarium and […]

Continue Reading

Our drive down Carmel’s 17 Mile Drive took us from Monterrey, right into the adorable little city, aptly named Carmel by the Sea. When you arrive, snag a parking spot because the best way to see this city is by foot! Carmel by the Sea is one of the most quaint towns I’ve ever visited. […]

Continue Reading

17 Mile Drive is a scenic road that stretches from Pacific Grove near Monterey through Pebble Beach, near Carmel. It runs along the coast and passes famous golf courses & mansions. The real highlights are the glimpses into the natural beauty of rugged Northern California, including Seal Rock and the Lone Cypress Tree. There is […]

Continue Reading

One thing you can’t miss when visiting Boston & strolling through the Boston Commons park, is the Massachusetts State House. This gold domed building is the state capitol & seat of government for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. It’s right on top of Beacon Hill & it’s glittering dome overlooks the beautiful Boston Commons. During WWII […]

Continue Reading

When in Boston, we stayed at the Ames hotel, which we loved! It was centrally located in Downtown Boston. Boston is a very walkable city. We took a few Uber rides, but mostly we walked. As we headed to the Boston Tea Party Museum, we accidentally stumbled upon the site of the Boston Massacre. It was […]

Continue Reading

After landing in Boston & checking into our hotel, Ben & I headed off in search of dinner. I had a night of taking a self guided Food Tour through Boston: Boston Baked Beans at Durgin Park Drinks at Bell in Hand (longest continuously operating tavern in the United States) Clam Chowder & Lobster at […]

Continue Reading

1 2 3 9