Battery Park, New York City

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At the southern tip of Manhattan, beyond the busy streets and skyscrapers, is the green urban oasis of Battery Park. The park is named after the artillery batteries once placed here as the first line of defenses during the city's early years. Today the park gives locals and visitors a chance to enjoy lush gardens, take a leisurely stroll, and admire the Statue of Liberty. Many monuments, memorials, and historical landmarks are located in the park. Don't miss Castle Clinton, the early 19th-century fort that served as the U.S. Army headquarters during the War of 1812 and later as America's first immigration station. While the park’s location on the Hudson River provides excellent views, on a windy day it can be very chilly, so bring an extra layer. To visit Battery Park on your trip to New York City, use our New York City vacation planner.
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  • August 12, 2017
    We visited Battery Park in late July and I was very impressed with many of the monuments there. One in particular was dedicated to all of the servicemen who lost there lives in the coastal waters of t...  more »
  • August 10, 2017
    If your in the Wall Street area then it's easy to get away from the hustle and bustle by taking a walk around Battery Park. A pleasant open space with plenty of trees to grab a bit of shade from the s...  more »
  • August 9, 2017
    A nice park located where you et the ferries for Straten Island. I wouldn't travel out of your way if just to visit the park  more »
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  • April 20, 2017
    I really enjoy visiting Battery Park; I use to frequently come here on my lunch break whenever the weather would permit. It's a clean and pleasant park to walk/bike through or enjoy some lunch. Usually there are people playing musical instruments but no one will really bother you for money. I switched it up between sitting under the trees and sitting by the water. The view by the water is amazing as well; you can see the statue of liberty! Sometimes I forgot I was in Manhattan because it was so calming.
  • June 13, 2017
    Very nice place to visit. Beautiful park water fountain for people and their pets. Also a nice shady water area for kids to play so bring bathing suit and extra clothes for them. Nice far view of the statue of liberty (great to take pictures) and across the street of Free American Indian museum close to Subway station​
  • July 4, 2017
    This is not my favorite park in lower Manhattan, I prefer the Hudson River Parkway or the piers on the East side. It's where you need to go to to catch the ferry to see the Statue of Liberty or the Staten Island Ferry. The indoor merry-go-round is fun to watch at night. Beware of the "authorized" ticket agents. They are selling your overpriced tickets to look at the statue from a boat, which you can do for free from the Staten Island ferry. They can get quite aggressive so don't even stop to talk to them.
  • June 14, 2017
    If you don't plan to take a boat to the liberty island, you just want to take a glimpse of the statue of the liberty! The battery park is your best choice! From here, the statue is kinda tiny though. For limited-budget tourists to see the pretty view and the statue at the liberty island.
  • June 16, 2017
    It's really a nice experience to walk all the way to the tip of Manhattan. From Battery Park you're also able to see Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty. There is a cool carousel which is fun for the kids (adults too 😂)

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