Ellis Island is a very old place, dating back to the early 1600s. In the late 1800s, Ellis Island was where people went before they could officially enter the United States if they wanted to emigrate. On Ellis Island, the doctors checked travelers for diseases. Ellis Island has a lot of history behind it and is a museum now. It tells about the people who wanted to come here for different reasons and how they had such a hard time getting here. A lot of people were born and died coming to America, but the end results were worth it.
Ellis Island is in the middle of New Jersey and New York. It is almost right next to the Statue of Liberty. If you go on the cruise, you can see them together. You can learn more on the Ellis Island website: http://www.ellisisland.org/.