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Castle Clinton National Monument

Address: 26 Wall St., Battery Park, New York City, NY 10004 (Financial District)
Phone Number: 212 344 7220
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Ranked #691 of 1,619 things to do in New York City
Type: Monuments & statues, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: Once serving as the United States Army headquarters during the War of 1812, this historical...
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Type: Monuments & statues, Sights & Landmarks
Hours:
Sun - Sat 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Owner description: 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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Hong Kong, China
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3,283 reviews 3,283 reviews
2,005 attraction reviews
8,404 helpful votes 8,404 helpful votes
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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Baguio, Philippines
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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Encinitas, California
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114 reviews 114 reviews
58 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
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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Boston, Massachusetts
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591 reviews 591 reviews
100 attraction reviews
589 helpful votes 589 helpful votes
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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131 reviews 131 reviews
66 attraction reviews
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
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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London, United Kingdom
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81 reviews 81 reviews
41 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

You have to go in here to pick up your tickets for the Liberty Island boat. I mostly wanted to have a quick look around, as I recognised it from the game Deus Ex. It was pretty cool, but not a lof of information about it.

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Appleton, Wisconsin
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179 reviews 179 reviews
124 attraction reviews
106 helpful votes 106 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

If this place has such importance then it should give more information and be more special, however it did have some information and was cool to look at.

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Derby, CT
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27 reviews 27 reviews
19 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Loved that this takes us back to the Revolutionary war period and it is the Gateway to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island

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northern Michigan
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91 reviews 91 reviews
24 attraction reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

This was disappointing as they are still under construction. It seems like construction has been ongoing for a long time. This site actually has an interesting history and could be a destination in its own right. It was used as a intake facility for immigrants for many years before Ellis Island was built. Before that it was an important defensive... More 

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Washington Township, New Jersey
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135 reviews 135 reviews
33 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2014

The views from the banks of Hudson River are great with both the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. This is where you can catch a ferry ride to both of them. The Charging Bull is also within 1 block. The monument itself is nothing special.

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