New York - The Battery and Castle Clinton

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The Battery and Castle Clinton

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(92 reviews)
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 Aaron Young

Aaron Young

Aaron's life has been nothing short of an adventure. Originally from Alaska, he crossed the continent to chase his big-city dreams of a career in theatre. "My greatest honor and achievement was appearing on Broadway in the classic musical, Fiddler on the Roof. I’m constantly learning new, interesting things about NYC, but I’m keenest on the historical stories," he chips in. And New York City has popped up with unforgettable memories for Aaron, including singing in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on National TV! Aaron's always loved travel and learning about my surroundings, wherever he is. "I’d also describe myself as a people-person, I love a good chat. All that considered, being a tour guide is an ideal job that feels like no work at all! " he laughs. 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 the magic of Alaska during winter. If you're lucky, you might just catch him singing a show tune on his tours!

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 an amazing content creator.

The tour will last about 30 mins and will be live-streamed by your content creator 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 content creator 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 join, but you have the option to leave a tip during the tour.

The majority of your tip goes directly to support the channel, while the rest helps Heygo continue to build a place that brings the world closer together.

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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

Lorraine (Canberra Australia 🇦🇺) P.

26 March 2021

A chance to see another aspect of the history of New York and pay respect at the memorials at the Battery. As always Aaron has well researched the tour area to provide us with an informative description of the area and its importance to current day New York.

Ashley M.

21 March 2021

Thank you for a great tour and for sharing your knowledge.

Clare T.

20 March 2021

great tour

Christine (CA Red Hatter) C.

20 March 2021

Thanks for an interesting tour.

Trudy R.

19 March 2021

This was my first tour with Aaron. He was a great tour guide and I enjoyed the tour.

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