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.
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.
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.
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.
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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