August 21, 2021

The Battery NYC: What to See and Do in This Lower Manhattan Waterfront Park

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From honoring the those who lost their lives on 9/11 to taking a ride on the SeaGlass Carousel to catching a glimpse of Lady Liberty herself, here is a list of everything to see and do when visiting The Battery in New York City.
The World Trade Center as viewed from the Gardens of Remembrance in The Battery, with pink and purple flowers in the foreground

If you find yourself in downtown NYC, do yourself a favor and spend some time meandering through Battery Park! (Which FYI is now officially called “The Battery,” but it will always be Battery Park to me!)

It had been about a decade since I was last there, and I was absolutely blown away by the beautification efforts that have been made to transform this public park into a place full of lush gardens and meaningful remembrance. What used to be a park you really only went to in order to catch the ferry to Ellis Island or to begin a walking tour of Manhattan is now (in my opinion) an absolute must-see when visiting NYC!

What not to miss in Battery Park:

➡ Castle Garden, the world’s first immigrant depot

➡ The Gardens of Remembrance, dedicated to those who lost their lives on 9/11 and to those who survived (which is where I took this photo)

➡ The Battery Labyrinth, a contemplative walk commemorating the 1-year anniversary of 9/11

➡ Battery Urban Farm, a farm founded by NYC students and that now grows more than 100 different vegetables right in the heart of the park!

➡ Perennial gardens (195,000 square feet of them!)

➡ “The Immigrants” sculpture, celebrating the diversity of NYC and the struggle experienced by immigrants

➡ SeaGlass Carousel

➡ American Merchant Mariners Memorial, dedicated to all merchant mariners who have served America since the Revolutionary War

➡ Coast Guard Memorial, honoring those who served their country in WWII

➡ East Coast Memorial, honoring the 4,601 missing servicemen who lost their lives in the Atlantic Ocean during WWII

➡ Korean War Veterans Memorial

➡ Bosque Fountain

➡ Playscape, a multi-level playground with 5 ecology zones inspired by nature (opening Fall 2021)

➡ Lady Liberty! Catch a glimpse of her from the waterfront or board a ferry at the harbor to visit Ellis Island.

Have you ever explored Battery Park? If so, what was your favorite part?

The World Trade Center as viewed from the Gardens of Remembrance in The Battery, with pink and purple flowers in the foreground

The Battery NYC: What to See and Do in This Lower Manhattan Waterfront Park

From honoring the those who lost their lives on 9/11 to taking a ride on the SeaGlass Carousel to catching a glimpse of Lady Liberty herself, here is a list of everything to see and do when visiting The Battery in New York City.

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The World Trade Center as viewed from the Gardens of Remembrance in The Battery, with pink and purple flowers in the foreground

The Battery NYC: What to See and Do in This Lower Manhattan Waterfront Park

From honoring the those who lost their lives on 9/11 to taking a ride on the SeaGlass Carousel to catching a glimpse of Lady Liberty herself, here is a list of everything to see and do when visiting The Battery in New York City.

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