Most people know Battery Park thanks to its ferry terminals. The Southern tip of Manhattan is home to Battery Park and Whitehall Terminal that connect you to Liberty Island and Staten Island, respectively. The Staten Island Ferry let’s you enjoy a fantastic view of the skyline for free. Battery Park is one of the oldest public parks of New York located in Lower Manhattan. The first Dutch settlers are said to have arrived at this very park when they originally founded “New Amsterdam”; that was long before Ellis Island even existed! Many people are drawn to the park due to its proximity to the Staten Island Ferry. In this article we will inform you about the park’s highlights, things to do in Battery Park and reveal the best spot for you to marvel at the Statue of Liberty.
Things to Do in Battery Park: Our Tips
There a so many things to do in Battery Park: The area around Battery Park is called Battery Park City. It’s a beautiful neighborhood that only few New Yorkers can afford to live in. Battery Park City stretches until Brookfield Place, a shopping mall that is directly connected to the Oculus. Its popularity can even be expressed in impressive figures: more than 6 million people visit Battery Park yearly. While its most known landmark is the Clinton National Monument, we strongly recommend strolling through the whole park. You can easily spend a few hours in Battery Park. During your walk you may stumble upon the Museum of Jewish Heritage, which we found extremely interesting.
Our Insider Tip: Pier A Harbor House
Pier A Harbor House is a fancy restaurant, located right in Battery Park and one of our insider tips if you like to enjoy the view with a glass of wine. From there, you’ll have the ultimate view of New York’s most famous landmark: The Statue of Liberty. This place is especially sought after in the summertime, as the beautiful view is topped by stunning sunsets. Sit down on one of the many benches along the river and enjoy the views of not only Lady Liberty, but also New Jersey, Staten Island and various bridges. In the concrete jungle you sometimes tend to forget that Manhattan is an island, but these views will definitely remind you that it is. Despite its popularity among tourists, Battery Park is considered a local hangout. You will notice a large number of couples meeting up in the park.
Fascinating Story of Battery Park
Before Ellis Island, Battery Park was the arrival point for immigrants from all over the world. At the Southern tip of Manhattan, near the Castle Clinton National Monument, they requested permission to be let into the country. The park is more than just a peaceful spot to visit – it is a meaningful place, which is even more intriguing. Only a few steps away, you will see the East Cost Memorial that commemorates more than 4,500 fallen US soldiers during World War II. The monument consists of several giant granite plates that carry the names of each and every one of those soldiers. Another Battery Park must-see is ‘the sphere’, a bronze statue by German sculptor Fritz König. This statue used to have its place directly in between the two Twin Towers, but was moved after the terror attacks in 2001. Occasionally, you will find flowers and letters, just like at the official 9/11 Memorial. The park is also ideal for families with kids, as it hosts many playgrounds and the SeaGlass Carousel. For $5 kids can enjoy an immersive ride.
Battery Park Ferries: Where to Go?
As already mentioned, you can take various ferries that depart near Battery Park. Apart from the Staten Island Ferry you’ll have access to the Governors Island Ferry. If you are looking for a calm place to take incredible pictures – Governors Island is the place for you! You can read more about the island here. The ferries to the Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island are typically packed, therefore we recommend getting there early.
How to Get to Battery Park
Hop on line 1 and ride all the way to South Ferry or take line 5 to Bowling Green.