Our first field trip with the homeschool group this year was to see the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. We didn't let any NY terror threats put a damper on our day. And it was a very beautiful day, too. We all met at Castle Clinton around 9am and got right on the Statue Cruises boat. The boat ride across the Upper NY Bay was fun. We were all on the upper level feeling the sea breeze with beautiful scenery all around.
Our first stop was Ellis Island. I had never been there before and was really looking forward to it. The building has kept its original flooring and benches from 100 years ago. It's awesome to walk and sit where millions of immigrants came through in the early 20th century. The 4th-6th graders had a 90-minute class with a very enthusiastic instructor talking about the process of coming int this country. We had a tour of the building, and the kids got to see what ship steerage sleeping quarters were like. Then they got to try some things the new immigrants had to experience, such as performing mental acuity tests and figuring how much it costs to send letters and luggage to other states. After the class we ate lunch outside and the kids climbed a tree and ran around the large grassy area.
Then it was back onto the boat and over to Liberty Island. This is where the Statue of Liberty is. After lots of security checks, we went in. The first thing you see is the original torch that she carried for 98 years. After the 1984 renovations, a new torch was put on and the old one was kept due to its history. We took an elevator to the top of the pedestal and got some gorgeous views of the bay, the Manhattan skyline, and of New Jersey. By this time it was nearing 3:30 and we jumped onto the boat back to Battery City. I got home by about 5pm, dropped off W and made it to work with 10 minutes to spare.
|Battery Park City. 9-11 Memorial flags (the stripes are made up of all the names of those who died), the gold sphere sculpture that was destroyed, and the eternal flame|
|On the boat heading for Ellis Island|
|The class was called "Shore to Shore"|
|In the tree after lunch|
|One of the boats. They make round trips to Liberty Island, Ellis Island, and Battery Park. Others start and end in New Jersey|
|The original torch on display in the pedestal of Lady Liberty|
|What the inside of the statue looks like, taken from the top of the pedestal right under the feet. That's the spiral staircase leading up to the crown|
The Statue of Liberty - I'm looking up from the pedestal