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Castle Clinton National Monument

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Address: 26 Wall St, Battery Park, New York City, NY 10005-1996
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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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Witness to a changing America

From 1807- 1811, Castle Clinton and 4 other forts were built to defend New York harbour from the War of 1812. Then in 1824, the castle became an open air castle garden, hosting... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

From 1807- 1811, Castle Clinton and 4 other forts were built to defend New York harbour from the War of 1812. Then in 1824, the castle became an open air castle garden, hosting many cultural events, attended by many well known dignitaries. Later New York state leased the castle and made it an immigration center from 1855 - 1890. The... More 

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New York
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

There's not a lot at Castle Clinton National Monument. It's mostly just used as a waypoint facilitating the sale of tickets for the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. But it's worth taking a bit deeper look at this location. Castle Clinton has a robust history as a coastal defense fortification and later as an amphitheater (and aquarium, if memory... More 

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Kent, Washington
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We visited this prior to boarding the boat for Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty. This is an interesting building to see.

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Seattle, Washington
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 29 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 

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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 26 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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