Statue of Liberty National Monument, Jersey City, NJ 07305 (212) 363-3200
For centuries newcomers have passed through New York in hopes of starting a new life in the United States. Today, kids can learn more about this strenuous journey at Ellis Island, an immigration station now open to the public! The island contains the extensive Ellis Island Immigration Museum, which details the stories of thousands of immigrants. Complete with authentic black and white photographs, the exhibitions help history come to life before your very eyes! Each story is entirely unique, some even heart wrenching, which is sure to keep older kids' attention for the time being. Younger kids can spend time roaming the spacious building or watching the video presentation. If kids are really interested in learning more, consider buying an audio tour specifically geared toward their interests. A ticket to the island is included when you visit the Statue of Liberty.