Castle Clinton National Monument

Castle Clinton, at Manhattan’s southern tip, began life as a fort to defend against possible British attack during the War of 1812. In later years, when it was known as Castle Garden, the site became an entertainment venue, serving as a music hall, theater, opera house, and aquarium. Additionally, for more than 30 years before the opening of Ellis Island in the 1890s, Castle Garden served as the entrance point and processing station for millions of new immigrants to the United States.

Now again known as Castle Clinton, the site is a museum with exhibits detailing the varied and fascinating history of the site, so make sure not to overlook this well-restored piece of American and New York history. 

—Laura Connors

Did You Know?

More than 10 million immigrants entered the United States through Castle Garden.  An extensive searchable database of passenger arrivals can be found at www.castlegarden.org.

Castle Clinton National Monument

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