Statue Cruises, the official concessioner to the National Park Service authorized to provide ferry service to the Statue of Liberty National Monument and Ellis Island, announced that extended hours will begin Saturday, March 7th this season.
The additional service builds upon one of the strongest seasons in National Park Service history as over 4.2 million visitors sailed to both islands in 2014, the highest levels since 2001.
The first boats will depart Battery Park in lower Manhattan and Liberty State Park in Jersey City, NJ at 8:30 a.m., instead of the usual 9:30 a.m., seven days a week in the run up to the peak summer travel season.
“In addition to an enhanced visitor experience with faster and more efficient security lines, last season’s extended hours from Memorial Day through Columbus Day provided additional flexibility for guests to visit both islands at the very beginning of the day or at the end of the day,” said Mike Burke, Vice President and COO of Statue Cruises.
It is estimated that roughly 60,000 visitors took advantage of the extra half hour during 2014’s extended hours, which enabled visitation to exceed 4.2 million for the year.
Visitors can reserve Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island tickets from Battery Park and Liberty State Park now through September 2015. Audio Tours for both islands come in nine languages and are included with every ticket purchased. Online reservations are strongly encouraged. For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit StatueCruises.com, facebook.com/statuecruises or twitter.com/statuecruises.