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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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Recent Reviews from Experiences in New York City

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I wish I had made it
Tracy_B
, Mar 2020
Unfortunately I was not able to make the journey to a NYC as my flights were cancelled etc. If I’d made the journey I’m sure I would have enjoyed the experience.
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Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island
Sandra_T
, Mar 2020
Steven was a superb guide. Went way beyond normal show & tell. Everything ran beautifully. Best time of the year to travel.
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Great tour and guide
Sally_B
, Mar 2020
Great tour and guide. Jimmy “chicken man” Hoffman was a terrific guide. Very informative, interesting and entertaining. Jimmy really knew the history and story of the Statue and Ellis Island. Highly recommended

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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Castle Clinton National Monument can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund. See all 35 Castle Clinton National Monument tickets and tours on Viator.
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Currently, an entrance ticket to Castle Clinton National Monument costs USD 57.00. Guided Castle Clinton National Monument tours start around USD 57.00 per person. See all 35 Castle Clinton National Monument tickets and tours on Viator.
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