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Castle Clinton National Monument

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Address: 26 Wall St., Battery Park, New York City, NY 10004
Phone Number: 212 344 7220
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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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Despite its size, this historic building can easily be overlooked when visiting the park or taking a ferry to the Statue of Liberty and/or Ellis Island. Take the time to stop... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
Gavin H
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Jersey City, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Nice place to rest up before heading to the Statue of Liberty. There are restrooms, an ATM and the ticket booth for the Statue ferry. Another thing that I noticed is that there are lots of squirrels from the surrounding Batter Park hanging out and waiting for photo ops and handouts from the visitors. They're friendly, don't bite, are not... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Despite its size, this historic building can easily be overlooked when visiting the park or taking a ferry to the Statue of Liberty and/or Ellis Island. Take the time to stop, learn a bit of its history, and take a few photographs.

Thank Gavin H
Charleston, South Carolina
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38 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2015

This is where you purchase tickets and board the ferry for Liberty and Ellis Islands. Most people don't realize they are buying tickets IN an national monument. There is a display area just to the right as you enter the fort (inside a doorway) and it won't take you long to check out the display. There is also a National... More 

Thank Greg S
Surf City USA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 309 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2015 via mobile

This isn't all that much of a big deal, in some ways, but 8 million immigrants came through here prior to the opening of Ellis Island as a getaway to the United States. It's sort of baroque structure affords a view through its central opening of the Statue of Liberty. In the nice summer days there's a lovely restaurant nestled... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015

This castle is very much an attraction in the battery park. The castle is a beautiful red sand stone building supposedly built in 1815. It is a beautiful circular building. We went there to buy tickets for Statue of Liberty cruise and was amazed to see a beautiful building. It is very neatly kept and has history of its own.... More 

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Evanston, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015 via mobile

I was visiting the 9/11 memorial and this was about a 10 min walk. The fort itself was a pretty cool structure, and the uses it has had throughout its history is fascinating. However, the inside was pretty much a ticket booth for the Statue of Liberty. I love learning about historical sites, but inside there were only 1 or... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

There's really not much of interest here, unless you happen to be looking to buy tickets to visit the Statue of Liberty. The structure is nice enough, but more could be done to make it more attractive. And perhaps consider selling the tickets to the Statue of Liberty somewhere else.

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Clarksville, Tennessee
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2015

Stopped by this National Monument while looking to purchase tickets for the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. Being the Memorial Day Weekend, there were lines, more lines, and then more lines. However, nobody was at the monument. Instead, they were all buying tickets. Castle Clinton is very interesting inside and out. Inside it contains a historic exhibit of changes... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

Castle Clinton sits in Battery Park, formerly some sort of artillery defense for New York in its past (1812 I think?). From a distance it looks like a round rotunda with a typical castle-like top, all in brownstone. When you enter you will find long lines, but almost none with any interest in actually seeing Castle Clinton, instead most people... More 

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Essex, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

Castle Clinton is one I overlooked on my first visit to NYC but on my recent visit we decided to stop by. It is a great little exhibition giving a slice of history, great before hopping on the ferry over to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island.

Thank Tom J

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