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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: +1 212-344-7220
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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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Free, Well preserved, ticket booth for the Statue of Liberty

Castle Clinton is free and while I wouldn't consider it as much of a castle as a fort it is an impressive structure. Currently it serves as the ticket booth for the statue of... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Castle Clinton is free and while I wouldn't consider it as much of a castle as a fort it is an impressive structure. Currently it serves as the ticket booth for the statue of liberty and Ellis Island, but they have done a great job of preserving the historic structure. It is small and you can walk all around in... More 

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Diani Beach, Kenya
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

As one of the piers where you get on the ferry, this is by default a place to visit. The area is well maintained, but the rush to get on the ferry made us miss a lot of information. Crowds of hundreds getting tickets for the ferry also made us give further exploration a miss.

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Midlothian, Virginia, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It was immigration center from 1855 to 1890. It pre-dates Ellis Island. From 1896 to 1941 it was an Aquarium, right at Battery Park. Check it out.

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Hillsboro, Oregon
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016

Castle clinton is now a hub for statue cruises. So smack dab in the middle of it is a ticket booth. Regardless the structure is still pretty sound externally and internally there are boards of info about what castle clinton was and what it stood for NY. And it's a national monument. So its a great piece of history and... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

​Nice little stop while walking around Lower Manhattan. Stop by to learn about this historic place, enjoy the scenic views, and maybe buy something from the gift shop.

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Fountain, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2016 via mobile

Did not realize this used to be a prison. Glad to see these grounds are put to good use - beautiful grounds - excellent walking and biking trails. The old prison part was very interesting to walk through. Not crowded at all and lots of room to move around, places to have picnics and bathrooms to use!! Good spot to... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2016

Clinton Castle has stood in Battery Park for over 200 years and in its heyday was the centre of New York entertainment including exhibition, theatre and opera. It was once the forerunner of Ellis Island processing emigrants from the middle 19th century. Today the castle looks rather sad with most visitors just killing time waiting for their boat to the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

Get your Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island tickets inside. Do the tours to the island the see the Castle Clinton after. The bookstore was closed earlier than the monument hours which was disappointing.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 September 2016 via mobile

We went to the castle to buy tickets to the boat that takes to to the Statue of Liberty and to Ellis island. The castle is open in the center but it use to be an aquarium. There is a small room with a brief history of the castle and also some pictures of how it use to look. It... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 September 2016

I would have never known this was here except that it is where the bathrooms are. We spent several hours in Battery Park waiting for our time to board the boat to the Statue of Liberty (we had purchased our tickets online). I like old historic places, but this was just an average place to see.

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At the southernmost tip of Manhattan, the Financial District is where New York City began as a center of commerce. Today, the historic streets and beautiful setting are complemented by museums, countless skyscrapers, and the heart of the Financial District, home to Wall Street and the New York Stock Exchange. Catch the Staten Island Ferry for an unbeatable view of the skyline and Statue of Liberty, or sail to Ellis Island to learn about the vital immigrant history of the city.
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