, , , ,

Even in winter, tourists flock to Castle Clinton.Castle Clinton in Battery Park was once off the shore of Manhattan.

Built to protect the New York harbor during the War of 1812 the Castle Clinton National Monument has had a colorful 200 year history. Following the war, it became — in turn — an opera house, immigration station and aquarium. Saved from demolition in 1946 it reopened in 1975. As the ticket office for the Statue of Liberty, Castle Clinton claims more than 3 million annual visitors.