Statue of Liberty opening times increased

The Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island are both hugely popular destinations with people on USA tours and holidays and visitors will now be delighted to hear that the visiting hours for holidaymakers and local New Yorkers has been extended by an extra hour, from 8.30am to 6pm.

The National Park Service also revealed that these new opening hours will be in place until October 13th, Columbus Day.

Last Ferry to leave at 6pm

In the announcement, a National Park Service spokesperson said that the last boat will leave Liberty and Ellis Island at 6pm, while visitors can park on both islands for an extra hour.

The main reason behind the extension of visiting hours to both islands comes after a surge in the number of visitors over the summer.

John Piltzecker, Superintendent of the Statue of Liberty National Monument and Ellis Island, revealed in a statement, "This summer we have seen a surge of interest of people wanting to visit the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island.

"We are excited to improve the visitor experience by providing increased visitor access to the sights and sounds of both islands through the autumn."

The Statue of Liberty has been one of the most iconic attractions in New York since it was given as a gift from the French to the US back in 1886. Now the famous monument is a major attraction for visitors the world over.

Ellis Island is another major attraction for tourists and locals as the island in the Upper New York Bay was used as a gateway for millions of immigrants to the USA. The tour is highly acclaimed, which is why so many people visit the island during an America tour.

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