Battery Park is a 25-acre public park located at the Battery, the southern tip of Manhattan, affording the most spectacular views of New York Harbour. It is named for the artillery battery that was stationed there at various times by the Dutch and British in order to protect the harbour. At the north end of the park is Pier A, formerly a fireboat station, and Hope Garden, a memorial to AIDS victims. At the other end is Battery Gardens restaurant, next to the United States Coast Guard Battery Building. Along the waterfront, ferries depart for the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. There is also a stop on the New York Water Taxi route between the Statue of Liberty Ferry and Pier A.
The park is an attractive area to stroll through taking in the river breezes and enjoying some magnificent scenery. It is but a short stroll (10 mins) to continue up alongside the East River passing the Downtown Heliport, to the South Street Seaport Museum, shops and restaurant complex.