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.
Explore Lower Manhattan, with the help of a guide, on an NYC walking tour
See top area landmarks, like the New York Stock Exchange, and Federal Hall
Enjoy an intimate experience on a semi-private tour, with only eight guests
Meet-up in Battery Park, just steps from the famous SeaGlass Carousel
During this tour, your exuberant guide will show you the historical sites that most visitors overlook, including Bowling Green and Castile Clinton in Battery Park. Learn about Alexander Hamilton at Trinity Church before fast-forwarding to the last century, when the Charging Bull took up residence among the NYSE and Federal Hall. Modern architecture soars overhead, once in the shadows of the World Trade Center. Discuss the tragedy of 9/11 while visiting the official memorial as well as the firefighters’ memorial. Then learn how Lower Manhattan has evolved since, including the Occupy Wall Street movement that took over Zuccotti Park. By the end of the tour, you’ll understand more clearly how New York City has become one of the most important and inspiring metropolises in the world.
After arriving at the meeting point you will start your tour with a brief highlight about Castle Clinton, a landmark representing not only the city’s growth but the growth of the nation. Built from 1808 to 1811, it was the first U.S immigration station where more than 8 million people arrived in the United States between 1855 to 1890.
Next you will pass the Seaglass Carousel, a fish-themed carousel that represents a symbol of recovery in the area, which suffered damage from Hurricane Sandy in 2012. You will be able to appreciate the carousel’s design, as design along with construction took nearly a decade.
Next you will visit Bowling Green, New York’s City’s oldest park. According to tradition, this small public park served as the council ground for Native American tribes and was also the site of the sale of Manhattan in 1626 to Peter Minuit.
During the tour you will also visit the Charging Bull, a bronze structure created by the Artist Arturo Di Modica who illegally dropped the sculpture outside the New York Stock Exchange. The sculpture became an instant hit as soon as it was set up at Bowling Green.
Next you will visit Trinity Church, a historic parish church which began in 1696, located near the intersection of Wall Street and Broadway. During your visit you will see the graves of Mr and Ms Hamilton in the Trinity churchyard, along with the monument dedicated to them near their resting place.
You will then walk along the Wall Street, the renowned eight-block-long street running through Lower Manhattan. Known for its role in the international financial system, it is easily one of the most famous streets in the world.
In front of the New York Stock Exchange, you will see what is known as the Fearless Girl, a bronze statue by Kristen Visbal which depicts a four-foot tour girl. The statue is considered by many to symbolize and promote female empowerment.
Continuing down Wall Street, you will also see the exterior of the House of Morgan, an office building formerly owned by J.P. Morgan & Co. Built in 1913, the building is known for its classical architecture and was designated a New York City landmark in 1965.
You will also visit Federal Hall, the name given to the first of two historic buildings located at 26 Wall Street. While the original Greek Revival structure was completed in 1703, the current structure built in 1842 is one of the best examples of neoclassical architecture in New York.
Afterwards, you will make your way to St Paul’s Chapel, a chapel part of the Parish of Trinity Church Wall Street. It was considered a “chapel-of-ease for those who did not want to walk a few blocks to Trinity. Upon completion in 1766, it was the tallest building in New York City.
You will then pay a visit to the National September 11 Memorial, a tribute of the remembrance and honor of those killed in 9/11. The Memorial’s twin reflecting pools feature the largest manmade waterfalls in North America. Here you will see the names of every person who died in the attack, inscribed into bronze panels edging the Memorial Pools.
From here, you will make your way to Zuccotti Park, formerly known as Liberty Plaza Park. The park was heavily damaged in the 9/11 attacks and underwent subsequent recovery efforts. The plaza is now used as the site of several events commemorating the anniversary of the attack.
The yellow taxis, the soaring skyscrapers, the street-side hot dog vendors – you think you know New York City already, right? We’re not so sure. Our English-speaking local guides know the city inside out and can share the stories behind the landmarks that you’ve seen on TV already. Whether it’s a historical overview of the colonial days in Lower Manhattan or a cultural romp through the 19th century marvel, Central Park, our tours go beyond the clichés. We’ll delight you with fun yet informative stories to make New York come alive. Take a bite out of the Big Apple with Babylon Tours and see how good it tastes.