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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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Description: Once serving as the United States Army headquarters during the War of...
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 Slice Of History In The Centre Of Battery Park

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 6, 2015
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Essex, United Kingdom
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63 reviews 63 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015 NEW

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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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.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015 via mobile

Small, historic castle at departure area for Statue of Liberty provides a charming 15 minute history lesson about the changes of the uses for this structure over the last 200 years. A great treat before you set sail for Lady Liberty.

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Owings Mills, Maryland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

This is a must see for history lovers. The small exhibit gives a good summary of the history of the building. We were told to stop by the ranger office to ask for a tour. We didn't, but I wish now that we would have because my bet is that it would have been interesting and provided even more information... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

So the Castle is undergoing a little renovation so there are parts of it that aren't accessible - but there is a neat junior ranger program the kids did (ask for a booklet at the ranger station) that both they and I learned a lot by completing - they also got a neat (and free) badge when they completed it.... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015

Castle Clinton was built between 1808-1811 on the shores of Manhattan in effort to help protest a young and vulnerable America against British invasion. Considering the size and power of the nation today, it is interesting to think of a young America in more precarious times. You can do that when walking around the sandstone walls of Castle Clinton at... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

Before embarking to see the famous Lady Liberty up close and personal, we bought our tickets at this symbolic monument. While the rest of the group was waiting in line, we explored this monument. Reading through the printed guide and the inscriptions placed on the wall, you could imagine that a decade ago this monument was the "lobby for New... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

Small fort that was used for immigration prior to Ellis Island. Also where you get tickets for Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island tour. Interesting.

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Hopkinton, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

This was an unexpected pleasure to visit. I love the architecture and the history of this space. Very simple displays you can check out that explain what went on here. Really interesting.

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Houston, Texas
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

This is sad. Despite its historical value, Castle Clinton is nothing but a ferry booth for the Statue of Liberty and a restroom facility inside its fort walls. When I asked the park ranger if we could explore the Castle without the intent of buying a ferry ticket, he gave us a strange look. After going inside, we understood why... More 

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