The Battery is the historic 25-acre park at the southern tip of Manhattan, home to SeaGlass Carousel, The Battery Oval lawn, 135,000 square feet of perennial gardens, Castle Clinton National Monument, and so much more.
Where is the park?
The park is located at the southern tip of Manhattan, across from Bowling Green and adjacent to Whitehall Ferry Terminal, serving the Staten Island Ferry.
SeaGlass Carousel is a carousel like no other. Inspired by the original New York Aquarium once located in the park, visitors ride within huge fish figures that circle, oscillate, and move up and down, giving the illusion of swimming in the ocean.
What are the hours?
SeaGlass Carousel is open all year round, daily from March through December
From April through September, SeaGlass Carousel is open 10 am to 10 pm every day. Hours change seasonally and may be affected by weather. Please visit our Facebook page for updates.
How much are tickets for SeaGlass?
Tickets are $5. 10 tickets are available for the price of 9 ($45).
Dating back to the turn of the 19th century, the building once known as Castle Garden, and now known as Castle Clinton National Monument, lived many lives as a military fort, opera house, aquarium, and Immigration depot operated by New York State. From 1855 to 1890, Castle Garden welcomed waves of immigrants including Nikola Tesla, Harry Houdini, Emma Goldman, Joseph Pulitzer, and Mary Mallon (later known as “Typhoid Mary”).
What is castlegarden.org?
CastleGarden.org is an educational project of The Battery Conservancy. This free website offers access to an extraordinary database of information on 11 million immigrants who arrived from 1820 through 1892, the year Ellis Island opened. More than 100 million Americans can trace their ancestors to this early immigration period. CastleGarden.org is an invaluable resource for educators, scholars, students, family historians, and the interested public.
Do you have physical archives that I can visit?
We donated all of our physical archives to the National Archives in Washington, DC. You can visit Castle Clinton National Monument to retrace the steps of your ancestors.
My relative isn’t coming up in the search, help!
It is possible your relative’s name was spelled differently in the records. Try using a wildcard * for part of the name. For example, Browne could have been spelled Brown, so try searching “Brown*.”