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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
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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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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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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New York City, New York
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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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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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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 

Thank Cheryl L
Staffordshire, United Kingdom
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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.

Thank DGandS
Jersey City, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2016

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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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2016 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.

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Charleston, South Carolina
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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 

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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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