You may have visited Castle Clinton National Monument in New York City and not even realized it. Castle Clinton NM is the ticket office for Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island boat tours. If you have visited either of these parks you most likely spent time at Castle Clinton.
Castle Clinton National Monument is located in Battery Park on the tip of Manhattan Island in New York City. This historic Southwest Battery was one of more than a dozen fortifications built to defend New York Harbor from British Attacks during the War of 1812.
Over the past 100 years the fort has been used as a restaurant, concert hall, theater and more! In 1855 it was converted to an immigration station and for thirty four years more than 8 million people entered the United States through the monument.
In an odd change of uses the fort became the New York City Aquarium for a few years until 1941. In 1946 Castle Clinton was saved from demolition and restored to its original condition as an early 19th century fort and given the designation as a National Monument.
Castle Clinton is an acre packed full of American history! Make sure and check out one of the great Ranger programs showcasing the amazing history and ways this building has been used over the years.
Top things to do at Castle Clinton National Monument
Take a guided tour with a Park Ranger
Free guided tours are available to the public Monday through Sunday at 10:00 AM, 12:00 AM, 2:00 PM, and 3:30 PM. his 20-minute Park Ranger-guided tour illustrates the colorful history of Castle Clinton, including how it has served as a fort, entertainment center, immigration depot, and aquarium.
Become a Junior Ranger
Become a Junior Ranger at Castle Clinton National Monument and learn more about early life in NYC.
Jump on a ferry to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island
Castle Clinton NM is right next to the ferry dock for boat trips to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. You can enjoy checking out the outside of this historic fort while waiting in line for the boat.
Things to know when planning a trip to Castle Clinton National Monument
Park Address – Battery Park, New York , NY 10004
Park hours – 7:45 am to 5 pm 7-days a week
The park is closed on Christmas Day December 25th
Entrance Fee – There is no fee to visit Castle Clinton NM
Castle Clinton National Monument is also the ticket office for Statue Cruises the official cruise that takes visitors to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island.
National Parks near Castle Clinton National Monument
Statue of Liberty
Federal Hall National Memorial
African Burial Ground National Memorial
Governors Island National Monument
Check out all of the National Parks in New York.