1 - 2 Hours
One Per Person
At Your Own Pace
Welcome to the Self-Guided Walking Tour of Battery Park, NYC
This comprehensive New York city tour covers must-see vista points of the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, and Staten Island, as well as poignant monuments and the grand Castle Clinton. You’re probably wondering why it’s called “Battery.” Well, this site was once home to several artillery batteries or canons. Its prime waterfront location, at the apex of two rivers, makes it a strategic military outpost.
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About the Tour
This self-guided audio and GPS tour of NYC’s Battery Park begins at the Netherlands Monument, where you’ll hear about the critical impact of the Dutch in early New York (did you know the city used to be called New Amsterdam?).
Next on the Battery Park walking tour, those with any Italian heritage will want to stop by the Alberti Marker and the statue of Giovanni de Verrazzano! The former was the first Italian to set foot in New York, while Verrazzano was a critical explorer.
After that, visit the lovely pier, where you’ll hear the fascinating story behind the war memorials here, from the clock, which serves as the earliest World War I memorial, to the Korean War Memorial.
Then it’s on to the main event! Look across the waters to the world-famous Statue of Liberty. Learn the details of the statue’s hugely tricky construction, the symbolism behind it, and the man who made it all possible. Then turn to Ellis Island just beneath it to get a glimpse into the lives of New York’s early immigrants, all of whom landed on that very island before stepping into the New World.
Continuing, you’ll get to visit an actual castle that once served as an important military fortress. On your way to the poignant World War II Memorial, learn more about how immigration transformed New York and how New York transformed its new arrivals. Afterward, find Staten Island on the horizon and hear the wild tale of how it was won in a boat race!
Finally, on the Battery Park walking tour, visit the unique, shining SeaGlass Carousel, a perfect place for the little ones to blow off some steam, and the ideal spot to pick up a boat to Staten Island or the Statue of Liberty.
Starting Point Address: 3825 State St, New York, NY 10004
What You'll See
Welcome to Battery Park
Alberti & Verrazzano Statue
Pier A North River
Pier Clock and Korean War Memorial
American Merchant Mariners' Memorial
Statue of Liberty
Castle Clinton National Monument
The Immigrants Statue
East Coast Memorial
Preview the Tour
Stop 1 : Welcome
Stop 7 : Statue of Liberty
What do we do?
Simply put, Action Tour Guide is an audio guide, map, and tour book – all in one app! We are a GPS-enabled app-based tour that narrates information based on your location right on your phone. You can experience our driving and walking tours at your own pace and literally at any time of the day!
Changing travel date? No worries! All individual tours come with lifetime validity.
No Network Needed
The tour works offline which means you do not need your phone network to enjoy the tour. However, we do suggest you download the tour at your home, hotel, visitor center, etc before you head out for a completely immersive experience.
Not an Entry Ticket
This is not an entry ticket.