Skirting the southern edge of Manhattan, this 12-acre oasis lures with public artworks, meandering walkways and perennial gardens. Its memorials include a Holocaust Memorial and the Irish Hunger Memorial. It was on this very part of the island that the Dutch settled in 1623. And it was right here that the first 'battery' of cannons was erected to defend the fledgling settlement of New Amsterdam. You'll also find historic Castle Clinton and the ferry service to Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty.
Warning! There is an ongoing turf war of hustlers scamming tourists looking to visit the Statue of Liberty. Only one company, Statue Cruises, sells these tickets. If not purchased online, buy them at the ticket office in Castle Clinton. Walk right past the official-looking touts selling fake tickets, or tickets for other boat companies.