Built to keep people out; now welcomes millions in.
Located at the southern tip of Manhattan Island, 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.
Did You Know?
In 1986 Castle Clinton started hosting ticket sales for the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. This caused visitation to increase over 1000% making Castle Clinton one of the most visited National Park Service sites in the United States.