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Historic Downtown Tour – 400 Years of Downtown Action, Rivalries & Intrigue

Freedom Tower by Day

Tour Highlights Include:

  • Wall Street, including the NY Stock Exchange and the former “House of Morgan”
  • 9/11 Memorial and World Trade Center
  • Views of Ellis Island and Statue of Liberty (from Battery Park)
  • Bowling Green and Charging Bull
  • Alexander Hamilton Custom House
  • Stone Street, including a coffee and bathroom break
  • Federal Hall Memorial (where George Washington was inaugurated)
  • Federal Reserve Bank of NY
  • Trinity Church and Saint Paul’s Chapel
Join us on this fun and informative 3-hr walking tour and avoid the huge tour groups with flag-toting, microphone-wearing guides or the double-decker buses stuck in Downtown traffic.  

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Tour Details:

Length:
About 3 hours 15 min; 3 miles on foot (5 km)
Cost:
$45 for adults, $25 for kids 12 and under
Schedule:
Friday at 10am until year-end, Tuesday at 10am thru Oct, Wed at 10am in Dec.
Size:
Maximum group size is 12 adults
Language:
English
Break:
Short break at a popular cafe
Location:
Starts near Bowling Green (exact meeting point will be emailed after booking) and ends near the 9/11 Memorial

If you have any questions about this walking tour, please click on the Email Us button below, and we’ll respond to your inquiry within 24 hours.  Or call us at  (347) 464-9335.  We look forward to hearing from you.

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Ryan was our tour guide for the Historic Downtown Tour. CityRover Walks had been recommended to us by a friend who does a lot of traveling and thought it was the best tour she had gone on. She was right! From beginning to end Ryan told us so many neat facts about the city and the history behind the locations we were looking at. He was able to answer all our questions and kept the whole tour very interesting. I feel like I know more about that area of NYC than I do about my own hometown after just a few hours with Ryan. It was a great morning and I would recommend CityRover Walks to anyone going to NYC. Amazing!!
We took the Historic Downtown Tour with Ryan as our guide and had a great time. We had taken a CityRover Tour three years ago and decided at that time, if we ever came back to the city, we would take another tour with them. Ryan was the perfect guide, adding his personal touch to the wealth of information he provided. In fact, how do these people remember so much information? We had taken the Hop-on, Hop-off bus tour through this area of the city years ago, but you have to get off the bus and go down the back streets to fully appreciate the historical significance of the area. Great job Ryan.
Max brings remarkable insights to the tour. His outstanding historical and current knowledge helps you understand the events that have made New York City Special. I would recommend taking one of these tours early in your visit. Max provides many restaurant suggestions and interesting points to see during the tour. We needed more time to visit all of the exceptional places that we learned about during the tour.

Additional Tour Info

How strenuous is this walk? This walk covers about 3 miles on foot in a little over 3 hours.  The terrain is flat.  You’ll be on your feet most of the time, though we will take a break at a coffee shop in the middle of the tour for a bathroom break and optional snacks/refreshments (not included).  However, we try to maintain a steady walking pace to cover all the areas of interest.  So if you think you might find it difficult to keep up at a moderate walking speed with the rest of the group, please consider a private tour with us, which can be tailored to suit your pace and fitness level.

What About Kids? Our public tours are not ideal for young children, as they involve a lot of walking and cover topics geared to adults.  If you would like to tour with us and have children ages 10 and younger, please contact us about a private tour.   That said, there are 2 “child” tickets ($25 each) available for each public tour for children ages 12 and under.

Meeting Point: Detailed meeting point instructions will be emailed to you once your reservation has been processed.   The tour starts downtown near Bowling Green and ends near the 9/11 Memorial and Museum.

Stops: There will be at least 1 restroom break during our walk.  Each participant will also be offered a complimentary bottle of water and a small snack on the walk.  A meal prior to the tour is recommended.  During cold or inclement weather, we may visit historic buildings like Federal Hall Memorial Museum, Trinity Church, or Saint Paul’s Chapel.

Are gratuities included? Guide gratuities are not included in the tour price, so if you enjoy your tour, tips are very much appreciated.