To tour Lower Manhattan (aka The Financial District) is to explore New York from its earliest European influences to its current role as financial capital of the world. This tour makes a wonderful introduction to New York City.
If your interest is primarily in the Dutch Colonial period, the American Revolution, the Early Federal Period—or any time in between—please note that this tour can be customized to focus on the city’s origins. We can also lead this tour focusing on Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, including many sites connected to his early life, career as Treasury Secretary, and untimely death.
This tour is great for student groups studying the period or anyone who wants to know more about the founding of the city—and the founding of America.
This tour lasts approximately two hours and costs a flat fee of $100 for groups of 1-4 people. For parties larger than 4 people, the cost is $25 per person. Please inquire about discounts for student groups or parties larger than 10 people.
To contact us about booking this tour please use our online booking form (preferred) or call (toll-free) 1-877-572-9719
For an additional $12.50 per person (or a flat fee of $150 for groups of 1-4 people), you can add an hour to the length of your tour and spend some time exploring the neighborhood that borders the Financial District, Five Points.To book this 3-hour tour, please just let us know on our online booking form.
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Battery Park (from which we see the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island)
The old Custom House (now the National Museum of the American Indian)
Bowling Green Park
Castle Clinton, a fort from the War of 1812
The Shrine to Saint Elizabeth Anne Seton
The site of the Dutch Stadt Huis and Lovelace Tavern
Federal Hall National Memorial, where George Washington was inaugurated
The New York Stock Exchange
Trinity Church and graveyard
The World Trade Center site (optional)
The tour is supplemented with historic drawings from the 17th century onward, showing what life was like in Dutch New Amsterdam, Colonial New York, and in the post-Revolutionary period when New York was (briefly) the capital of the United States. More recent photographs illustrate the architectural development of the skyscraper and the growth of Wall Street.
* all walking tour itineraries are subject to change