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Bowling Green Tours

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Bowling Green
The oldest public park in New York City, Bowling Green dates to the 17th century and is firmly rooted in the city’s early development and history. Located in Lower Manhattan’s Financial District, the park now serves as a refuge from the traffic and skyscrapers, and is home to the city’s totemic Charging Bull sculpture, added in 1989.
 
The Basics 
Used as a cattle market and parade field in the 1600s before becoming a park in 1733, the teardrop-shaped Bowling Green originally incorporated a bowling green—hence its name. Through the centuries, town houses and skyscrapers rose around it, making it a green oasis in the heart of the urban jungle. The tree-framed park features a fountain, flower beds, lawns, benches, and antique-style lamps, with the Charging Bull at its northern tip.

Explore the park independently or on one of the city’s many tours. Lower Manhattan tours include the park along with other sights such as the 9/11 Memorial; or you can chart the park’s past on a history-themed or Financial District–focused excursion. Otherwise, consider a city bus tour—or a guided walk in the footsteps of 18th-century Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, the statesman celebrated in the hit musical Hamilton.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Bowling Green attracts sightseers and those interested in New York’s history.
  • With shade and free Wi-Fi, the park is perfect for taking a breather during summer sightseeing.
  • The park is accessible to wheelchairs and strollers.

How to Get There
Bowling Green sits on Whitehall Street at Broadway’s southern end and is well-served by public transit. Catch the 4 or 5 subway line to Bowling Green station (situated just south of the park), or take a bus to the Broadway/Morris Street stop. 
 
When to Get There
Open from 6am till 7:30pm (or dusk), Bowling Green is busy throughout the day, and the Charging Bull is a crowd-puller. For fewer people, get there right after the morning rush hour or in the early evening. Avoid lunchtime, when the park fills with Financial District workers, especially in summer.

Must-Sees at Bowling Green
Most travelers visit Bowling Green to see Arturo Di Modica’s Charging Bull sculpture. However, once you’ve photographed the bronze beast, take a look at the park’s wrought iron fence. Installed in 1771, it’s New York’s oldest, and still bears saw marks from 1776 when American patriots removed the park’s statue of King George III and the fence’s royal emblems.
Address: Whitehall St, New York City, New York, USA 10004, USA
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Hamilton Musical Walking Tour

Hamilton Musical Walking Tour

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Alexander Hamilton spent much of his life in New York City, and with this walking tour inspired by the Tony Award-winning 'Hamilton' musical, you can take a deep dive into the Founding Father's life and the making of the hit Broadway show. Whether you have already seen the show, plan to see it soon, or simply love the cast album, this tour provides context to the story and its songs as you explore lower Manhattan.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$ 62.94
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Full-Day New York City by Bus Tour

Full-Day New York City by Bus Tour

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Make the most of your time in New York City on a tour that takes you to an array of city landmarks from Central Park to the Statue of Liberty. While traffic, crowds, and an overwhelming number of options can make it hard to squeeze all these sights into one day, a guided tour makes it easy. See it all without worrying about transportation, logistics, or deciding where to go next.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$ 129.99
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Wall Street Tour: The Rise of New York

Wall Street Tour: The Rise of New York

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The story of New York City is rooted in the history of the Financial District, from the founding fathers to the global financial industry, and everything in between. Unpack the rich history of this area on a private walking tour, with your own personal guide to regale you with stories. You can stroll Wall Street to learn about the stock market, check out landmarks like the Charging Bull and Trinity Church, and even see the World Trade Center Memorial—all with your guide leading the way.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$ 42.67
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One Day NYC Highlights Walking Tour with optional Empire State Building Tickets

One Day NYC Highlights Walking Tour with optional Empire State Building Tickets

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If you're only in New York for a short time, tick off multiple Big Apple highlights in a matter of hours on a small-group walking tour. Venture to Wall Street, visit the 9/11 Memorial, and ascend the world-famous Empire State Building. Continue to Chinatown and Little Italy, hop the subway to Greenwich Village (own expense), journey up to Grand Central Terminal, see the Chrysler Building, and Times Square.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$ 78.94
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Lower Manhattan & Ground Zero Guided Walking Tour - Semi-Private 8ppl Max

Lower Manhattan & Ground Zero Guided Walking Tour - Semi-Private 8ppl Max

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From Dutch settlers to the international business hub of Wall Street, the story of Lower Manhattan is both central to New York's history and its current role as a global metropolis. Uncover the story of this historic stretch of the Big Apple with a small-group tour. From Bowling Green to Trinity Church, you can hear the history of the city, learn about the Founding Fathers, and address the tragic events of 9/11—all with a guide to lead the way.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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Lower Manhattan: Secrets of Downtown Walking Tour

Lower Manhattan: Secrets of Downtown Walking Tour

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The architecture of NYC’s Financial District is some of the city’s most impressive and oldest, but if you explore alone you could miss out on some lesser-known and harder to find spots. Prebook this Lower Manhattan downtown walking tour, and go with a guide who knows the best ways around the busy city and what hidden gems to stop at. See everything from Wall Street to the Helmsley Building.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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Manhattan Small Group Tour: Attraction Packed w/ Wall Street and 911 Memorial

Manhattan Small Group Tour: Attraction Packed w/ Wall Street and 911 Memorial

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Spend your morning learning about one of the nation's biggest tragedies during this Lower Manhattan tour of Wall Street and the 911 Memorial. Explore the Financial District and walk in the shadows of Wall Street's towering skyscrapers as you learn about the history of finance and banking from your guide. Then, head to the 9/11 Memorial, where you'll discover the history and impact of this dark day's events on the city and on the world.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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Wall Street and 9/11 Memorial Walking Tour

Wall Street and 9/11 Memorial Walking Tour

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Explore two sides of New York City on a walking tour that visits Wall Street and the 9/11 Memorial. While the dynamic history of Wall Street can be confusing to many visitors, visiting on a guided tour makes it easy to learn more about the capital of world finance—making the outing ideal for history and finance buffs. Incorporating a stop at the 9/11 Memorial adds a must-see NYC site to your day.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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Small-Group Downtown, 911 Memorial Tour with Statue of Liberty Pedestal Access

Small-Group Downtown, 911 Memorial Tour with Statue of Liberty Pedestal Access

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Prebook and save time by combining a tour of Downtown Manhattan, the 9/11 Memorial, and the Statue of Liberty. See where Manhattan began, at Fort Amsterdam. Visit Bowling Green Park and the famous Charging Bull. Finally, walk through the space of the former World Trade Center, where the tragic events of 9/11 took place, and then take a ferry ride to Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty, featuring pedestal access tickets.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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Lower Manhattan & Midtown Manhattan Private Walking Tour

Lower Manhattan & Midtown Manhattan Private Walking Tour

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Skip the effort of exploring Lower and Midtown Manhattan on your own with this private walking tour. With a guide to lead the way and furnish you with historical tales, it’s an easier and more enlightening option than sightseeing alone. Hear stories of Alexander Hamilton, visit Wall Street, and the 9/11 Memorial Plaza; and then head uptown to see the Empire State, Grand Central, and lesser-known treasures many visitors miss.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$ 121.90
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New York City Historic Walking Tour of Hamilton and Washington

New York City Historic Walking Tour of Hamilton and Washington

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Alexander Hamilton and George Washington were two of the most important figures in US history, and much of their lives were spent in New York City. With this walking tour, explore historic locations in lower Manhattan tied to these two great men and the birth of the United States. Gain insight into the first reading of the Declaration of Independence, ratification of the Constitution, Washington's inauguration, and more from your guide.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$ 45.95
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Lower Manhattan Tour: The Remnants of Dutch New Amsterdam!

Lower Manhattan Tour: The Remnants of Dutch New Amsterdam!

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Ditch your smartphone and guidebook to delve deeper into the history of New York City with a guide on this small-group walking tour. Stroll through Lower Manhattan—the site of the original 17th-century Dutch settlement known as New Amsterdam—and unravel its history and evolution as you visit its historical locations. See Wall Street, Bowling Green, and more; and hear tales and insight about the early city that many miss.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$ 37.34
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NYC Alexander Hamilton Private Walking Tour

NYC Alexander Hamilton Private Walking Tour

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Unravel the life of Alexander Hamilton, one of the USA’s founding fathers, on this private Lower Manhattan walking tour. Avoid having to research his story via guidebooks and smartphones; and let a guide lead you to sites associated with the great 18th-century politician. Explore the Financial District, see where he lived and worked, and hear about his life—all a curtain-raiser to seeing “Hamilton” the musical on Broadway.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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US$ 300.00
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Private New York City Historic Downtown and Wall Street Walking Tour Including 911 Memorial

Private New York City Historic Downtown and Wall Street Walking Tour Including 911 Memorial

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See downtown Manhattan with ease and efficiency on a private walking tour that hits the area’s top landmarks, including Battery Park, Wall Street, Alexander Hamilton’s gravesite, and the 9/11 Memorial. The private tour ensures the full and undivided attention of your guide, whose presence allows you to absorb the sights without the stress of navigating on your own.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
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US$ 328.67
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NYC Revolutionary War Spies Tour

NYC Revolutionary War Spies Tour

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Discover tales of the treachery that characterized Revolutionary War-era New York that you may never hear otherwise on this small-group walking tour. Meet your guide—a specialist in the era—in Lower Manhattan, and set off to see the sights connected with some of the period’s most notorious acts and perpetrators of espionage. Learn about the Culper Spy Ring, visit a former red-light district and British jail; and more.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$ 40.00
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Lower Manhattan walking tour

Lower Manhattan walking tour

We focus on a fun, candid, and local experience. Our tours are different from the usual format. John-Tours are your friends in New York City. We want to share our love for this city and it's unique role in making the United States the country it is today.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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US$ 32.00
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Lower Manhattan & Midtown Manhattan Semi-Private Walking Tour: Max 8 People

Lower Manhattan & Midtown Manhattan Semi-Private Walking Tour: Max 8 People

Visit two of New York City’s essential districts in one day on a small-group combo tour of Lower Manhattan and Midtown. See where past and present collide as you learn about the city’s Dutch colonial roots layered under the economic powerhouse of Wall Street, and remember those lost at the 9/11 Memorial. Then head uptown to walk among landmark buildings like the Empire State Building and New York Public Library as you explore Midtown's architectural legacy.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$ 121.90
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Battery Park to Brooklyn Bridge Walking Tour

Battery Park to Brooklyn Bridge Walking Tour

This tour tends to be small groups and features many of the hidden secrets and fun stories about the early days of New York. Plenty of stops for refreshments, photo ops and bathroom stops. Refreshments not included. Private / custom tours available .
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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New York City One Day Walking Private Tour

New York City One Day Walking Private Tour

Travel by boat and foot for a true city tour with great views and relaxed pace. With an expert local guide by your side you'll get real insight into the Big Apple, exploring hidden hangouts and local color as well as those must-see icons. You’ll see top attractions like the 9/11 Memorial and neighborhoods like the Village. This is a walking tour aimed to make you feel like a local and introduce you to New York's hidden gems! Learn about history, art, food and architecture while discovering the city's secret sites. • 6 to 8 hour walking tour of New York’ hidden treasures with an expert guide • Enjoy a walk on the High Line  • See the world's most famous skyline riding on a ferry on the East River • Small-group format ensures a personalized experience This is a custom private tour, the itinerary can be modified on the clients request.
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  • 6 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$ 738.95
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Lower Manhattan Tourist Scavenger Hunt

Lower Manhattan Tourist Scavenger Hunt

Designed for those who enjoy a good game, this New York City scavenger hunt leads you on a trail through Lower Manhattan’s top monuments, plus some tucked-away curiosities not often found in guidebooks. Using your smartphone, solve puzzles and follow clues to stay hot on the trail, learning fascinating New York trivia as you work your way through Wall Street, Ground Zero, and Battery Park.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes to 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Taking safety measures
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Private NYC Highlights Walking Tour w/optional Empire State Building Tickets

Private NYC Highlights Walking Tour w/optional Empire State Building Tickets

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This private NYC walking tour takes the stress out of navigating New York's neighborhoods, covering all of the city's top attractions on foot. Start in Downtown Manhattan; visit Wall Street, the 9/11 Memorial, and One World Trade Center; then ride the subway uptown to see the Chrysler Building, Rockefeller Center, and the lights of Times Square.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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Lower Manhattan & Ground Zero Guided Walking Tour - Private Tour

Lower Manhattan & Ground Zero Guided Walking Tour - Private Tour

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Lower Manhattan is home to so many of New York City’s iconic sights that it can be hard to know where to begin. See the highlights in just hours with this private walking tour that takes you through the area’s history-making moments from Dutch colonial settlers to the birth of the New York Stock Exchange. Walk in the shadow of the modern skyscrapers and end at the 9/11 Memorial.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$ 73.14
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Private Coffee Tour in New York City with Friendly Local Guide

Private Coffee Tour in New York City with Friendly Local Guide

If you love coffee, you will enjoy this tour greatly: here come exciting and remarkable places where you can buy and drink coffee mixed with Wall Street world-known attractions. Visit these coffee shops to feel that warm atmosphere yourself! In the city of self-made great businessmen, creators and inventors it is a sin not to taste their power source – coffee.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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The Counter Cultural Tour of NYC

The Counter Cultural Tour of NYC

(STILL OPEN FOR OPERATION IN THE MIDST OF CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK) This tour is presented by a 5th generation local who was twice featured in the New York Times for tour guiding. On this tour we will explore the zany and unusual history of how New York City became the unofficial capital of the world that it is today. From peg legged Dutch governors, to pirates, to slave revolts, and riots -- we discuss the history that often gets passed up on in favor of more mainstream subjects. If you are looking for something that is off kilter, this is the tour for you!
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  • 2 to 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$ 22.00
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