Fodor's Expert Review Battery Park

Financial District Park (National/State/Provincial)
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Jutting out at the southernmost point of Manhattan, tree-filled Battery Park is a respite from the narrow, winding, and buzzing streets of the Financial District. Even if you don't plan to stay for long, carve out a few minutes to enjoy the view, which includes the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, and the harbor. The park's main structure is Castle Clinton National Monument, the takeoff point for ferries to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. This monument is a former fort erected during the War of 1812 to defend the city. (Its sister fort, Castle Williams, sits across the water on Governors Island.) From 1855 to 1890, it served as America's first official immigration center.

In Battery Park are several memorials, monuments and statues, as well as the lovely SeaGlass Carousel on its east side, where for $5 a spin, you can ride "inside" luminescent fish and enjoy the sensation of floating underwater. Also to the east is the Staten Island Ferry Terminal, while to... READ MORE

Jutting out at the southernmost point of Manhattan, tree-filled Battery Park is a respite from the narrow, winding, and buzzing streets of the Financial District. Even if you don't plan to stay for long, carve out a few minutes to enjoy the view, which includes the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, and the harbor. The park's main structure is Castle Clinton National Monument, the takeoff point for ferries to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. This monument is a former fort erected during the War of 1812 to defend the city. (Its sister fort, Castle Williams, sits across the water on Governors Island.) From 1855 to 1890, it served as America's first official immigration center.

In Battery Park are several memorials, monuments and statues, as well as the lovely SeaGlass Carousel on its east side, where for $5 a spin, you can ride "inside" luminescent fish and enjoy the sensation of floating underwater. Also to the east is the Staten Island Ferry Terminal, while to the west is Robert F. Wagner Jr. Park, with its flat, tidy lawn and wide benches from which to view the harbor and summertime performances.

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New York, New York  10004, USA

212-417–2000

www.nycgovparks.org/parks/batterypark

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