The Battery and Castle Clinton



Brooklyn, New York, United States
30 mins

About the tour

The Battery (formerly Battery Park) is so named for the artillery batteries that were built here in the late 17th century to protect New York during the Revolutionary War. Although the batteries are long gone, a portion of the original Castle Clinton, the military fort built for the War of 1812, still stands. Now surviving over two centuries despite being close to demolition six separate times, this structure has served in a surprising number of functions: world class theatre venue, exhibition hall, beer garden, immigration office, even as the city aquarium. The surrounding park area includes access to the Museum of Jewish Heritage, waterfront monuments and gardens, an under-the-sea themed carousel, and views of Lady Liberty in her New York Harbor.

Meet your local guide

Aaron Y.

Aaron was born and raised in Anchorage, AK and left the “Last Frontier” for the “Big Apple” to pursue an acting career. A life in the theatre has afforded him many terrific opportunities to travel the world and find exciting adventures along the way. His colleagues have often nicknamed him “Frommer” (of the travel guides) or “cruise director” due to his wanderlust and enthusiasm for sharing travel experiences with others! His favorite memories to date include a 4-month concert tour of Japan with the Tokyo Philharmonic and a single day on Easter Island while performing on a cruise ship. Aaron is eager to share with you the rich history of Brooklyn, NY where he currently resides and in a true juxtaposition, the magic of Alaska in the wintertime. Thanks for coming along!

Aaron Y. has been guiding since Sep 2020

What to expect

Get ready for something special. We're travelling to New York with no passport, no plane ticket and no luggage. And yet you'll experience all the sights, sounds and stories with just your laptop, favorite snack and amazing guide.

The tour will last about 30 mins and will be live-streamed by your guide directly from New York. Forget about slideshows or pre-recorded videos, this is a live broadcast and anything can happen!

While on the tour you’ll be able to see a full screen video of your guide and their surroundings, interact with them and other travellers through the live chat, see where you are in the world on a map and show your appreciation with a tip.

Why are they tip-supported?

We are running these tours on a tip-supported basis to make them as accessible as possible. They are free to book and join, but you have the option to tip the guide during the tour.

Leaving a tip will help support the guides and allow us to offer tours in more places around the world. If you aren't able to leave a tip, then it would be great if you can share the tour with friends and family to spread the word.

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How to join

Reserve your spot by selecting a time to book. Once done, you’ll be able to see your reservations on your Trips page and we’ll send you an email confirmation with a link to join the tour.

For the best viewing experience, please join on a computer using Google Chrome.

Reviews from travellers

Ceanethia R.

12 January 2021

We struggle with connection in Battery Park..the irony! However, such is life! Enjoyed the tour!

Tim B.

09 January 2021

An interesting look around The Battery and Castle Clinton.

Trisha S.

08 January 2021

Great guy interested in his subject- down marked as connection poor

Mags C.

07 January 2021

I think the problems with his phone connection made it difficult

Laura H.

06 January 2021

Great tour! I've traveled to Manhattan several times and never got an opportunity to visit as a tourist. I learned so much that I didn't know. Thank you for sharing your knowledge. I'm looking forward to touring New York again, even if it's a virtual tour.

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