Castle Clinton National Monument. Basic information for visitors to the Castle Clinton Monument
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Castle Clinton National Monument
In New York City
The site preserves the fort built between 1807 and 1811 to defend New York City during the War of 1812. In 1815 the Southwest Battery, constructed on the rocks off the tip of Manhattan, was renamed Castle Clinton in honor of DeWitt Clinton, mayor of New York City. The fort later became a restaurant and entertainment center, opera house and theater, an immigrant-landing depot where 8 million people entered the United States, and finally the New York City Aquarium. It closed in 1941. The monument was authorized on August 12, 1946.
WHAT TO SEE & DO
Self- and ranger-guided tours of the site. Facilities: Museum, building. Bookstore, ticket booth for ferries to Liberty Island and Ellis Island. Programs & Events: Ranger-led programs and tours. Concert series (Thurs., July-lst Thurs. in Aug.). Tips & Hints: Use mass transit. Plan on 25 minutes to tour site. Busiest July and Aug. and late Nov.-late Dec, least crowded Jan. and Feb.
FEES & HOURS
Free. Monument open daily 8:30-5.
HOW TO GET THERE
The monument is in Battery Park at the southern tip of Manhattan. Public transportation is recommended. The west-side 1 and 9 subway trains stop at South Ferry station in Battery Park. The east-side 4 and 5 subway trains stop at Bowling Green station adjacent to Battery Park. The crosstown N and R subway trains stop at Whitehall St. station adjacent to Battery Park. Frequent bus service to South Ferry is provided by route M-6, which operates daily on Broadway; route M-l, which operates weekdays on 5th Ave., Park Ave., and Broadway; and by route M-15, which operates daily on 2nd Ave. Closest airports: JFK and La-Guardia (New York); Newark (New Jersey).
Castle Clinton National Monument (26 Wall St., New York, NY 10005, tel. 212/344-7220,).
Castle Clinton National Monument. Basic information for visitors to the Castle Clinton National Monument In New York City