Lower Manhattan Tour
It is here, as much as anywhere, where American history started. It’s where the first US Congress assembled and produced the Bill of Rights and where President George Washington took his first oath of office. It’s here where the world’s most important stock exchange and one of the most famous bridges stand. And it is here where an unspeakable tragedy took place and where a rebirth is underway.
Join Free Tours by Foot as we stroll through the ancient streets of Manhattan’s Financial District and explain the rich history of New York City. From a Dutch trading post to a world financial capital, no stone is left unturned. This tour starts from the Battery Park, where you will see from a distance the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, then makes its way through Wall Street and the Financial District, ending up near City Hall and the World Trade Center area. At the end of the tour, you will be near the foot of the Brooklyn Bridge. Why not take a walk over it?
Sites we cover on the tour:
- The Charging Bull
- Ellis Island and Statue of Liberty*
- Battery Park
- Governors Island*
- Federal Hall
- Wall Street
- New York Stock Exchange
- Trinity Church
- Zuccotti Park (Occupy Wall Street site)
- St. Paul’s Chapel
- World Trade Center
- 911 Memorial
- Woolworth Building
- City Hall
- Fraunces Tavern
- and much more!
*Seen from a distance. For more information on the sites we will cover, take a look at our self-guided Lower Manhattan Tour.
See photos of the tour on our Facebook page.
Reservations: REQUIRED. Click here to reserve.
Where: At the Charging Bull statue, 26 Broadway. Click our Google map for directions to the tour or click here for detailed walking directions from nearby subway stations. Look for your guide with the Free Tours by Foot logo. Tour ends at City Hall Park.
Duration: Approximately 2 hours. Tour distance is approximately 1 mile (1.6K)
75% of this tour is covered on our @10 am dailyLower Manhattan, Chinatown, SoHo and Little Italy Tour as well as our Downtown Manhattan 6 hour Tour, which runs @10 am almost daily. View our Calendar for the most up to date schedule.
Cost: This tour is free to take, and you get to decide what, if anything, the tour was worth when it’s done. A name-your-own-price tour is a tour for anyone’s budget.
Revolutionary Era Tours of Lower Manhattan
For those interested in Revolutionary War history, we highly recommend that you take a tour with Patriot Tours. This highly-rated tour company uses a storytelling format and review of authentic documents, which will give you as close to a first-hand experience you can get of life as it was during Revolutionary Era New York. Group size is small – between 10 and 15 guests and your guides are personable. Patriot Tours has fantastic reviews on TripAdvisor. On their website you can read 5 star reviews from over 250 guests. Highly recommended! Check out these two tours:
- Alexander Hamilton Tour
Take a trip back in time to NYC before, during and after the American Revolution and enter the world of Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr. Visit the sites that were part of Hamilton’s everyday life including St. Paul’s Chapel, Federal Hall and Trinity Church Graveyard, some of the oldest remaining historic sites in New York City. This tour is listed as one of the top tours in all of America by iExplore Destinations. Tours are 2.5 hours and run on Wednesdays at 10am, Saturdays at 11am, and Tuesdays and Thursdays at Noon. $40 per person. BOOK HERE
- Revolutionary War Walking Tour
Follow your guide through what was once British-occupied precolonial New York. Learn about what daily life was like in New York in the 1770s as well as learn about infamous spy rings, some of which met secretly at Fraunces Tavern, which you will visit. Learn more about the famous historical figures you already know such as George Washington and Alexander Hamilton as well as lesser known but just as important patriots like John Jay. This tour also takes you to historic, tree-lined Brooklyn Heights. This tour is perfect for fans of the TV show Turn. Tours run 10:00am Wednesdays, Fridays, 11:00am Saturdays, 12:00pm Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays. $40 per person. BOOK HERE.