Downtown Manhattan is where New York, or more precisely where Nieuw Amsterdam began. This neighborhood, more than any other in New York, offers a stark contrast between the past and the present. On our Downtown Manhattan Walking Tour you’ll visit sites that date to Colonial New York; see skyscrapers built to house America’s financial powerhouses, and stand where American history was made.
From the colonial past to the present-day, from victorious moments to touching tragedy, from architectural innovation to human sagas our Downtown Manhattan Walking Tour takes you on a 400-year journey. Downtown Manhattan, also known as Lower Manhattan and the Financial District, is where the first Dutch settlers carved dirt paths in the woods and swamps, and as they did in their homeland, they dug a canal. The canal was filled in to create one of the area’s widest streets, Broad Street. The dirt paths are now paved as the city’s narrowest streets with very tall buildings lining them; they are streets that have been some of the most continuously-trodden in the country.
This guided walking tour through the city’s oldest neighborhood includes City Hall and its park; Federal Hall; St. Paul’s Chapel; The Battery, with sweeping views of New York Harbor; the Federal Reserve Building; Trinity Church and the grave Alexander Hamilton; the 1907 Custom House, and its spectacular sculptural groupings, “The Four Continents;” Wall Street, and the New York Stock Exchange; and the Woolworth Building.
Walk in the footsteps of Pieter Minuit, Pieter Stuyvesant, George Washington, Alexander Hamilton, Aaron Burr, J. Pierpont Morgan, Mother Elizabeth Seton, Samuel Fraunces, Robert Fulton, John D. Rockefeller, and others on this wide-ranging walking tour of Downtown Manhattan, where New York began.
The Tour’s cost is $30 for adults, $20 for seniors 65 years and older, and $15 for youths 13 to 18 years of age. Please consult the Calendar Schedule for the dates and times of the Tour. Click on the “Book Now” button at the top of the page or below to book your place. The Tour runs 2.5 to 3 hours. Bookings must be made at least 36 hours before the Tour begins.
We meet outside Castle Clinton on the Battery, which can be reached on the #1 subway train to its terminus at South Ferry, the R subway train to the Whitehall Street station, or the #4 and #5 subway trains to the Bowling Green station. The Tour ends at City Hall, with its park and surrounding sights.
It is strongly suggested that you travel light. We are on our feet for the entire time. Heavy backpacks and shopping bags can only distract from your enjoyment of the Tour. The terrain of this walking tour is level. You will get a good walking workout on this Tour! It is advisable to wear comfortable shoes.
There are no refunds. All sales are final. When it is raining, snowing, windy or bitterly cold, the Downtown Manhattan Walking Tour will be replaced with the Subway Art Tour. All tours are conducted in English. Tours must be booked at least 36 hours in advance. All Tour participants assume normal liability for their behavior during the Tour.
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