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Castle Clinton National Monument Tours

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Castle Clinton National Monument
Castle Clinton National Monument is a 19th-century fort on the southern edges of Manhattan’s Battery Park. Built to keep the British at bay, the sandstone fort is now a ticket point for ferries to Liberty and Ellis islands. Stay awhile and explore the original gunports and the small museum that charts the fort’s history.

The Basics 
Castle Clinton (aka Fort Clinton) is composed of thick, sandstone circular outer walls and a gateway leading into a colonnaded courtyard, where you’ll find the ferry ticket booths. Admission is free, and guided tours are available. Many tours of Lower Manhattan or Liberty and Ellis islands also feature Castle Clinton. And you can catch sight of the fort from the water on a variety of harbor cruises.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Castle Clinton is an interesting stop for history enthusiasts.
  • The fort is accessible to wheelchairs and strollers. 
  • On-site facilities include restrooms, a gift store, and an ATM.

How to Get There
Overlooking Battery Park’s waterfront, Castle Clinton is easy to get to via public transit. The nearest subway stations are Bowling Green (4 and 5 lines) and South Ferry/Whitehall (1, R, and W lines). Alternatively, catch the M1, M6, or M15 bus to Battery Park. Parking is limited, though you’ll find a few garages at nearby Pearl Street and New York Plaza.

When to Get There
Castle Clinton is open daily from 7:45am till 5pm. It tends to be busy from late morning till midafternoon, as people arrive to purchase ferry tickets—especially on weekends and in summer. For fewer crowds, get there right after the fort opens. 
 
Tracing Castle Clinton’s History
Castle Clinton has enjoyed many incarnations through the years. Built as an island fort, it was later used as a theater, and then an immigration landing center; between 1855 and the center’s closure in 1890, more than eight million people passed through its doors. Castle Clinton’s unlikeliest incarnation was in 1896—when it opened as an aquarium. Visit the site’s exhibition room to learn more.
Address: Battery Park, New York, New York, USA, USA
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Skip the Line Private Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island Tour Ticket

Skip the Line Private Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island Tour Ticket

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Get a personal introduction to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island on a private, half-day tour led by a local guide, and explore two of New York City’s most iconic sites at your own pace. Hear inspiring stories about the design and construction of the Statue of Liberty as you explore her pedestal and museum. Learn about the immigrants that came to Ellis Island from around the world in the fascinating Ellis Island Museum. This fully-customizable private tour is a perfect fit for families and groups with limited mobility.
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Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island Ticket

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Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island Skip the Line Small-Group Tour

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Statue of Liberty with Pedestal and Reserve Access: Small-Group Afternoon Tour

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NYC Statue of Liberty Tall Ship Sailing Cruise

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Manhattan Small Group Tour: Attraction Packed w/ Wall Street and 911 Memorial

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Craft Beer Sailing Cruise in New York City

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Lower Manhattan Tour: The Remnants of Dutch New Amsterdam!

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Private Lower Manhattan Financial District and 9/11 Memorial Walking Tour

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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Experience New York City on custom all-day walking tour. Discuss your interests with a private guide who will help develop a personalized itinerary. Explore New York’s rich and fascinating history while visiting famous landmarks like Times Square, Freedom Tower, and the New York Stock Exchange. Escape the beaten path and learn about lesser-known sites, like the Wall Street bank where 38 people were killed in a 1920 bombing.
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  • 7 hours
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$466.64
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