Castle Clinton National Monument in Battery ParkCastle Clinton, also known as Fort Clinton, is located in Lower Manhattan at Battery Park. It has had many uses over the years. Originally used by the US Army as a fort, it was later used as an entertainment center, then served as the county’s first facility for processing immigrants, from 1855 to 1890. The site is now operated by the National Parks Service.
Castle Clinton is open to the public and admission is free.
Free ranger-guided tours are available Monday – Sunday at 10:00 a.m, Noon, 2:00 p.m., and 4:00 p.m.. The tours last about 20 minutes.
Castle Clinton is where you purchase tickets for the Statue of Liberty ferry. If you’re making the trip out to the Statue of Liberty, allow a little time before or after to look around the castle and view the exhibits on display.
If you’re exploring Lower Manhattan, the free Downtown Connection shuttle bus provides service to Battery Park and other sites, including the World Trade Center and South Street Seaport.