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What is The Battery?

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.

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Seaglass

What is SeaGlass Carousel?

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 May 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).

Can I have my birthday party at SeaGlass?

Yes, find out more about our party packages here and contact eve.ricklesyoung@thebattery.org for more information.

Castle Garden

What is Castle Garden?

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*.”

Farm

How do I sign up for a field trip?

Visit Battery Urban Farm’s page on Explorable Places.

How do I get to the farm?
How many people are allowed on one field trip?

32 students per trip.

Filming at The Battery

How do I film in the park?

To film at The Battery, you need to fill out a permit request with the City of New York Department of Parks and Recreation. Please do not click on “Battery Park City” if you would like to film at The Battery.

How do I film at SeaGlass?

Please contact eve.ricklesyoung@thebattery.org and fill out a City of New York Department of Parks and Recreation film permit request.

Special Events at The Battery

How can I have an event in the park?

To hold an event at The Battery, you need to fill out a permit request with the City of New York Department of Parks and Recreation.

If your event is a gathering of fewer than 20 people (a birthday, a family picnic), you do not need to fill out a permit request.

How can I celebrate a birthday at SeaGlass?

Learn more about birthdays at the carousel here or contact Eve Rickles-Young for more information: eve.ricklesyoung@thebattery.org

Statue of Liberty

When do ferries leave for the Statue of Liberty?

Statue Cruises offers ferry service  every day of the year, except December 25th. Hours vary with the seasons. Please see the Statue Cruises schedule for more information.

 

Where do I purchase tickets to the Statue of Liberty?

Volunteers

I would like to bring a group to volunteer, how do I sign up?

If you are a corporate group, click here. If you are a non-corporate group, click here.

 

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