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Top 10 Spots Every Kid Should See

Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty, New York City

Sailing past Lady Liberty is a must for any visit to the Big Apple, and combining the trip with a stop at neighboring Ellis Island packs the iconic image with new meaning. More than 12 million immigrants entered the U.S. through the country’s first federal immigration station between 1892 and 1954 (maybe great-great-grandma was one of them!), and the historic island’s museum vividly demonstrates what life was like after crossing the Atlantic. A top attraction for kids is the carefully restored Main Building's computerized Passenger Record, which lets visitors trace loved ones’ lineage as far back as 1892 (for free). Map out the family tree before circling back to Liberty Island for an up-close-and-personal look at the country’s most famous statue. Access to the pedestal can be reserved through Statue Cruises day of (note: the company monopolizes access to the isles), but the crown is currently closed while Lady Liberty undergoes a major renovation; the reopening date has not yet been announced. Cruises leave from Battery Park daily every 30 minutes between 10:00am–4:45pm; $24 adults, $12 children. 

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Molly Fergus

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