Battery Park

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Battery Park Battery Park on the edge of New York's Manhattan offers stunning views, war memorials, & waterfront vistas. Drop down to this NYC park with Party Earth. New York United States 40.703326 -74.017178
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Party Earth Review Perched as it is on Manhattan’s southern edge, it’s easy to see why Battery Park began life as a military compound, and even easier to understand why the twenty-five-acre expanse offers some seriously stellar views. Before... ... read full review

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    1, N, R: Whitehall Street-South Ferry / Water Street

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    Daily 6am−1am

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    • Day Spot

Party Earth Battery Park Review

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Battery Park on the edge of New York's Manhattan offers stunning views, war memorials, & waterfront vistas. Drop down to this NYC park with Party Earth.

Perched as it is on Manhattan’s southern edge, it’s easy to see why Battery Park began life as a military compound, and even easier to understand why the twenty-five-acre expanse offers some seriously stellar views.

Before Ellis Island opened its port and the Statue of Liberty set her gaze, it was Battery Park that welcomed New York’s first citizens – though “welcome” might be the wrong word considering that the Dutch installed massive rows of cannons along its banks in the late 1600s.

These days, the park’s long military history, as well as memorials to those fallen in WWII and The Korean War, is commemorated by nearly two dozen monuments tucked beneath verdant trees that lay juxtaposed by towering nearby skyscrapers.

Castle Clinton, an historic brick atrium that’s been used as a fort, immigration depot, theater, and aquarium, now holds the ticket office for the millions who visit Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty every year, while Hope Garden features an AIDS memorial lined with ten thousand roses.

Not surprisingly, tourists often dominate the park’s scene, though a system of bikeways and promenades stays busy with bicyclists and joggers, a small farm attracts the organic minded, and rows of lush plants make the park a favorite for area workers who want a little nature to go with their lunch break.

Whether it’s to pay tribute to those fallen in battle, watch ferries battle the tide, or just escape an overcrowded skyline beneath a blossoming canopy, Battery Park is the perfect place to recharge.

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Tip from Emma:

Although Battery Park is busiest during the spring and summer, it’s just as beautiful in the winter when a fine coat of snow covers the grounds, and you can enjoy the stunning views without the massive warm-weather crowds.

  • Crowd

    Tourists of every stripe heading to The Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, runners, bikers, Financial District workers, folks kicking off a long wander of New York, history buffs, and sustainable gardening aficionados. All ages.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Castle Clinton hosts free summer concert performances.

    Around two dozen war memorials on the grounds, including commemorative plaques honoring those who died in WWII, The Korean War, and major sea battles.

    Hope Garden features an AIDS memorial lined with ten thousand roses.

    One-acre urban farm on site.

    Pathways provide ample walk/run/bike options. Many street performers entertain the crowds with breakdancing, caricature painting, and music.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Fatty at The Battery (just east of Castle Clinton) is the kiosk version of a popular Williamsburg chain that serves up Asian-inspired barbecue.

    Battery Gardens (Inside Battery Park, opposite 17 State Street) is an upscale restaurant/events space with panoramic waterfront views and a diverse continental menu.

    Castle Clinton serves as the ticket office for Ellis Island and Statue of Liberty trips, which leave from gangway 3, 4, and 5, while The New York Water Taxi offers aquatic lifts from gangway 6.

  • Prices

    Fatty grub $6–$10. Battery Gardens entrées $15–$36+. Tickets to Ellis Island and Liberty Island/Statue of Liberty $13, with available audio commentary for $21.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Anything goes.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Whenever the weather permits, with spring and summer naturally seeing the biggest crowds.

  • Close By

    The Skyscraper Museum (39 Battery Place) is a quick walk away and showcases the cool science behind many of the incredible buildings that make New York’s skyline instantly recognizable.

Battery Park User Reviews

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Enjoy a day by the water in Battery Park
Lana G. May 28, 2013
If you want to spend a summer day in a nice park by the water watching boats leave, this is a place for you. There are several places to eat or get a desert. In the end if you decide to take a boat trip, you can do that too.
Re-Charge at Battery Park
Jamila C. Feb 17, 2013
New York, the city that never sleeps! Manhattan is a busy borough, but Battery Park preserves a moment of relaxation for all to enjoy. This waterfront park welcomes ferries, cruises and a clear view of Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty. During my stay at The Ritz-Carlton Battery Park, catching the Subway was so easy with stops at Battery Park. In addition, if one wants to grab some souvenirs, or the classic NY hot dog. Battery Park is a great location, to briefly sink into the soil of history within the United States of America.
Always a fun park
Lauren K. Dec 12, 2012
Battery Park on a nice day is always a nice place to take a walk or bring the family. It is a great place to bring tourists as well. It is always filled with vendors that will give the tourists a smile and the conventional feel of NYC. The art work that commemorates the veterans is enjoyable and moving. The views are great as well. The path along the water is very nice for a walk. If you are a tourist I highly recommend taking a free round trip from the Staten Island Ferry, which leaves from Battery Park. From the Ferry there are great skyline views as well as great views of both the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island.
A Great Spot
Katie G. Dec 12, 2012
I've been to Battery Park a few times on school field trips, and each time I'm with my students, I hope to return on my own. The views on the river are gorgeous. The area itself is so full of history, with the South Street Seaport right around the corner, and the ferry over to the Statue of Liberty. There is an outdoor museum too! We couldn't bring our students onto the grass, but there are play parks closeby that bought us some free time. The bathrooms were clean and pleasant! There are tons of vendors to pick up souvenirs! It's close enough to Wall Street and Stone Street to grab a yummy bite to eat, and if you're around during Oyster Fest, you can grab a beer and a 1/2 dozen oysters and hang outside!
Amazing Park!
Elyse H. Dec 11, 2012
Take the Staten Island Ferry! You’ll end up in Battery Park on your way down there and it’s so awesome to have a park in the middle of the financial district! There’s so much history here to learn, all these statues commemorating people and events gives you an awesome history lesson as you walk back and forth! It’s a pretty and spacious park but the best part is all the history. There’s so much of it it’s impossible to get bored! Definitely stop to look at all the statues and monuments, they’re really informative and have great stories to tell!!
Relaxation in the City
Caroline c. Dec 1, 2012
Battery Park is a great place to visit in New York City. It is a great place to relax and have lunch and is not as crowded as other parks in the city, such as Central Park. There are a few sandwich vendors and other vendors who sell various goods such as knock off designer goods. There are also lots of street performers in the area. It is a great place to people watch and take in the views, including the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. It is not quite as touristy which makes it more enjoyable. I would definitely recommend visiting Battery Park to anyone.
Great Park to Relax and People Watch
Risa C. Nov 22, 2012
When I worked in the Financial District, I loved going to Battery Park on summer days just to sit on a bench and chill, and maybe have a sandwich - but not from the overpriced vendors. There's great people watching especially since it's a popular tourist stop on the way to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, and the view of the water and statue is rather relaxing. Its also a nice place for a leisurely stroll where you're sure to run into a few break dancers or other street performers. And also good for getting knock off designer goods.
Peace in The Big Apple
Amster M. Nov 19, 2012
It was my first day in NYC alone, and I actually hopped on one of those buses that stop at all the tourist spots. But Battery Park stands out because it’s at the edge, and you get a great view of the Statue of Liberty if you don’t want to make the ride over there. The park is pretty quiet for being in a big city, and even though I saw a thief get chased down and cuffed by two cops there(!)…. I felt pretty safe by myself. And got a great photo of the whole thing go down! But the place wasn’t stuffed with tourists when I was there, and there were just a few cheap souvenir stands that aren’t worth even a look-see. I thought it was beautiful, peaceful, and a great slice of a serene Manhatten.
Sara G. Sep 20, 2012
Battery Park is awesome - it's very active during the summer, and often times peaceful, quaint, and extra cold (it's right on the water!) during the winter. It doesn't matter how many times you see it, you never get used to the breathtaking view. With such a clear view of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, it's a reminder what a true amazingly eclectic city New York is, and how many people start out here with humble beginnings and a big dream. Obviously the park is very family friendly, and they sometimes have traveling acts that set up their huge tents in the park too. I've seen both Cirque du Soleil and Ringling Brothers here. It's also a very easy to get turned around in the streets here - they were mapped out prior to any sort of grid system being put in place. There are many lovely parks in New York - but Battery Park is one of the loveliest.
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