Castle ClintonFree: All time

Located at the southern tip of Manhattan Island in Battery Park, Castle Clinton stands where New York City began, and represents not only the city’s growth, but the growth of a nation. Initially intended to prevent a British invasion in 1812, the fortification has transformed over the years to welcome theatergoers, immigrants, sightseers, and now, millions of visitors to New York Harbor. Ranger-guided tours are offered every day – the schedule is posted on the door of the Castle Clinton Exhibit. While in the neighborhood, hop on the Staten Island Ferry to get a free closer view of the Statue of Liberty.

Address: Battery Park, New York, NY
Opening Hours: Daily 8:30am – 5pm
Direction: Subway 4/5 to Bowling Green Station, R to Whitehall Station, 1 to South Ferry Station
Phone: +1 (212) 344-7220

Photo credit: National Park Services