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Battery Park

Battery Park

75 Battery Pl, New York, 1004

The Basics

Battery Park has a rich and diverse history. It's named after the artillery batteries once located on the site, and was the location of New York's first aquarium. Before Ellis Island opened in 1892, the park welcomed European newcomers to America. Today, Battery Park is a tranquil, delicately landscaped outdoor space that hosts summer events such as the River to River arts festival.

Harbor cruises and guided tours are a great value for visitors who want to visit the park and explore the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. Tickets can be purchased in advance, which is a good way to secure seats on busy summer weekends. Most group tours offer audio headsets for free, and some even provide bus transportation.

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Recent reviews from experiences in New York City

star-5
Awesome - fun
David_S, Jul 2022
Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, Battery Park: Skip-the-Line Tour
Leanne littlestone was awesome she did not only shared her knowledge about New York history but she transported us back in time with the way she tells the stories And made us feel like we where there living the experiences Thank you so much and we hope you hire more real people like her who takes pride of what they do we love you Leanne keep up the good work
star-5
Ask for Dean!
lauren_f, May 2022
Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, Battery Park: Skip-the-Line Tour
The tour guide was extremely knowledgeable of everything. He was full of so much rich history that most people would probably not know or remember from so long ago. It was truly an amazing tour. Dean was wonderful.
star-4
Statue of Liberty / Ellis Island / Battery Park
Elli_S, Jun 2021
Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, Battery Park: Skip-the-Line Tour
The tour was good. It was what I was expecting. The guide Michael was great and was obviously knowledgeable about the history of NYC, the Statue of Liberty, and Ellis Island. This is a wonderful time to visit NYC as it’s still opening up from the pandemic, and there weren’t crowds at the attractions. I docked this tour one star as there were inconsistencies about the meetup. Some people were told to be there at 9:30. I was told to be there at 8:30 so we waited an extra hour. Additionally the directions said we should redeem our voucher for the ticket at the redemption point which would NOT be the same place as the start of the tour. However, if you read more closely - the address of the redemption point WAS the same address as the tour take off … confusing. There were other minor confusions, but I think bottom line the tour was worthy of four stars.
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Things to Know Before You Go

  • With memorials honoring soldiers that served in World War II and the Korean War, Battery Park is a must for history buffs.

  • Check the weather, since Battery Park is most fun when you can stroll and enjoy the unobstructed views of the Statue of Liberty.

  • Adventurous visitors can try helicopter tours, and romantics can opt for a dinner cruise.

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How to Get There

Located at the very southern tip of Manhattan, Battery Park is situated between Bowling Green and the Whitehall Ferry Terminal. It's best to visit the park by subway; take the 1 train to the South Ferry Station, the 4 or 5 train to Bowling Green, or the R or W train to Whitehall Street.

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When to Get There

Battery Park is open year-round, but since most of the park's attractions are outside, visiting in spring, summer, or fall is best. Because of its seaside location, Battery Park is often windy and chilly in winter months. If you're visiting the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, arrive in the morning.

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The SeaGlass Carousel

The SeaGlass Carousel is the perfect place for kids to experience the magic of the ocean. On the aquarium-themed ride, children spin around atop multicolored, musical fish. The carousel is located inside a unique glass building and costs only a few dollars to ride. Open seven days a week, year-round, the carousel is even open on Christmas and New Year's Eve.

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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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