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Castle Clinton National Monument

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Address: 26 Wall St, Battery Park, New York City, NY 10005-1996
Phone Number: 212 344 7220
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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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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Quick visit while at Battery Park

Ok sightseeing Location but it is basically an old fortress. Worth visit when you are around anyway ! Can be well combined when doing the statue of Liberty excursion.

3 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Ok sightseeing Location but it is basically an old fortress. Worth visit when you are around anyway ! Can be well combined when doing the statue of Liberty excursion.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Just like what some of the other post we're saying Castle Clinton is where you buy the Statue of Liberty Ellis Island tickets. I have bought my tickets for the Statue of Liberty Ellis Island online and printed them up after returning from this I was just looking for the bathroom which happened to be in Castle Clinton. Before I... More 

Thank zipty22
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Castle Clinton is where you must go to get the tickets to the statue of liberty. It is worth a look around while you are there. It is small and offers a lot. Many historical placards and a small museum offer insights into the multiple uses this building has had over the years. A good junior ranger program is available... More 

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Dallas, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Though small, this is an Interesting, educational, and fun, free to enter National Park. The Junior Ranger program is good and valuable. The museum is very small, but compact. Located just beside Battery Park ferry to Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island.

Thank jbwhitehouse
Merritt Island, Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

And aquarium. Tickets to see Jenny Lind in 1860 were $500 which is like $50,000 today and all 6 performances of 6,000 tickets were sold out. Great tour by park ranger. Free admission.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2016

So, where did immigrants go before Ellis Island was established? They were processed through this building, which was originally built as a fort (unused) against the British in the War of 1812. Castle Garden, as it was once called, was the site of 8 million immigrants who passed through in the late 1800s, and this building was also later used... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2016

The NPS website says "Castle Clinton receives an annual visitation over 3 million making it one of the most visited National Park Service sites in the country." Perhaps, but I suspect the vast majority of those 3 million visitors are there only because that is where you get tickets for the Statue of Liberty/Ellis Island ferries and then board the... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2016

Not much to see here. You get tickets to ellis island and the statue of liberty from here and that's pretty much it. Do enjoy battery park and the views though.

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St. Albans, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2016

Wanted to visit, as some of my family passed through here in 1848. There is a small exhibition showing what Castle Garden looked like then and what the experience was like for the immigrant arrivals. There is also a statue entitled The Immigrants, which is quite haunting. This is also the place where people queue to buy their tickets to... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2016

Having been across to the Statue of Liberty and we thought we’d pop in for a nose around. There wasn't a great deal to see (on the day we were there). What was very good was the illustration on the wall that explained the history of the building and surrounding area, so alone made it worthwhile a visit.

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