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Castle Clinton National Monument

Financial District
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Address: 26 Wall St., Battery Park, New York City, NY 10004
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+1 212-344-7220
08:00 - 17:00
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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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OK but not a must see!

The only reason to be there is to get the Statue of Liberty tickets unless you can have the hotel get them for you. Also lots of seagulls so hold on to your hot dogs....:)

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
Seattle, Washington
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Seattle, Washington
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

The only reason to be there is to get the Statue of Liberty tickets unless you can have the hotel get them for you. Also lots of seagulls so hold on to your hot dogs....:)

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2016

small fort not serves as the ticket booth to the statue of liberty and ellis island. I like building style and the statue of the immigrant next to the monument.

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Wilmington, Delaware
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 December 2016

A small former fort whose current main function is to serve as the ticket both for Statue of Liberty tickets. You can walk around the entire fort in under 5 minutes at a very gentle pace. There are normally street performers all around this area as well. The best part of this monument was the small "museum" right at the... More 

Thank Phil J
Liberty Hill, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 December 2016 via mobile

Grand old fort and where you bought the tickets for Ellis and Liberty Island. Sets right in Battery Park.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2016

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 25 November 2016

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 7 November 2016

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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