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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...

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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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... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed June 25, 2015
Evanston, Illinois

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Charleston, South Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

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 

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Surf City USA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2015

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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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

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.

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New York City, New York
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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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