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Castle Clinton National Monument

Financial District
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Address: 26 Wall St, Battery Park, New York City, NY 10005-1996
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08:00 - 17:00
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Once serving as the United States Army headquarters during the War of 1812,...

Once serving as the United States Army headquarters during the War of 1812, this historical monument commemorates the 1811 West Battery Fort built to defend New York Harbor.

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A unique relic from early Manhattan history

Originally built to defend Manhattan from a possible British invasion during the War of 1812, Castle Clinton stands out as a relic from the past in the heart of Battery Park and... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
John B
Toronto, Canada
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Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Originally built to defend Manhattan from a possible British invasion during the War of 1812, Castle Clinton stands out as a relic from the past in the heart of Battery Park and the very modern city. There is no admission charge, a few displays to visit, a small bookstore and a Park Ranger who can fill you in on details... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you have a National Park booklet and want to get a stamp for your book, check out this place. It is in lower Manhattan in Battery Park. You can either walk or take a subway, but it would be hard to find a parking spot. This is an old fort with some displays and a little gift shop and... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 April 2017

Very interesting place. Inside the building you can see photos and paintings of this fort in different years. There is even a real gun.It's amazing how this pace was changing over the years. Bad thing is that the center of the fort has been taken all for selling the tickets for Statue of Liberty Tour. Because of that this place... More 

Thank Roman P
Roslyn, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 April 2017 via mobile

The castle is a small national monument. They sell the tickets to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis island there. It's free to walk around. There is a little history but overall not a whole lot to see.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 407 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 March 2017

From 1807- 1811, Castle Clinton and 4 other forts were built to defend New York harbour from the War of 1812. Then in 1824, the castle became an open air castle garden, hosting many cultural events, attended by many well known dignitaries. Later New York state leased the castle and made it an immigration center from 1855 - 1890. The... More 

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New York
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Reviewed 11 March 2017

There's not a lot at Castle Clinton National Monument. It's mostly just used as a waypoint facilitating the sale of tickets for the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. But it's worth taking a bit deeper look at this location. Castle Clinton has a robust history as a coastal defense fortification and later as an amphitheater (and aquarium, if memory... More 

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Kent, Washington
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Reviewed 10 March 2017 via mobile

We visited this prior to boarding the boat for Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty. This is an interesting building to see.

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Seattle, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 February 2017

The only reason to be there is to get the Statue of Liberty tickets unless you can have the hotel get them for you. Also lots of seagulls so hold on to your hot dogs....:)

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New York City, New York
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Reviewed 29 December 2016

small fort not serves as the ticket booth to the statue of liberty and ellis island. I like building style and the statue of the immigrant next to the monument.

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Wilmington, Delaware
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Reviewed 24 December 2016

A small former fort whose current main function is to serve as the ticket both for Statue of Liberty tickets. You can walk around the entire fort in under 5 minutes at a very gentle pace. There are normally street performers all around this area as well. The best part of this monument was the small "museum" right at the... More 

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