Freedom Tower by Day

Historic Downtown Tour – 400 Years of Downtown History & Intrigue

On this fun, scenic, and informative 3-hr walking tour, join our small groups and discover the rich history and some of the most important events, people, and places in New York City.  Some of the famous landmarks we’ll explore 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

This tour is ideal for first time visitors and locals alike.  Join us and avoid the huge tour groups with flag-toting, microphone-wearing guides and the double-decker buses stuck in Downtown traffic.

Tour Highlights

  • Enjoy spectacular views of the NY Harbor while learning about the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, and the American immigrant experience
  • Explore the “heart” of Wall Street and learn about the New York Stock Exchange, the former “House of Morgan”, the site where George Washington became America’s first president, and where a deadly explosion temporarily shut down Wall Street in 1920
  • Explore the early history of Manhattan, from the “island of many hills” to New Amsterdam to New York and learn about some of the most important events, individuals and rivalries that shaped the city
  • Learn about Saint Paul’s Chapel, NY’s oldest public building, which survived the attacks on 9/11; the redevelopment of the World Trade Center while admiring the new “Freedom Tower”; visit the 9/11 Memorial (tour ends near 9/11 Museum)
My wife and I did the 'Landmark Explorer' tour with Max as well as the 'Behind the Wall' tour with Ryan. We had a lot of fun and for 1st time New York visitors it was just what we hoped for. We especially enjoyed the various accents that Ryan did as he told us the stories of immigrants coming to Ellis Island and the history of Manhattan. This and the intimate knowledge that Max and Ryan have about the city gave the tour the extra flare that sets these guys apart from other tours in the area. I hope we can come back soon and do the other tours that are offered!
Behind the Wall was my fourth tour with CityRover - and once again it was the highlight of my trip to NY.

Our guide Ryan upheld the CityRover tradition of making the city come alive through narratives. He didn't just throw out dates and facts, but shared the stories behind the places we visited, making each stop unique and memorable.

Also, in CityRover tradition, Ryan took the time to learn about each of us on the tour, and was able to incorporate our varying interests into the tour from history to food to architecture to pop culture.

The weather was absolutely freezing but Ryan's enthusiasm and engaging commentary helped to keep us engaged. His well-timed hot chocolate break gave us a chance not only to thaw out, but also to share stories with others tour members about where else to visit and eat in the City.

If you really want to understand New York and see beyond the surface, CityRover Walks is the only way to go. I've even given tour gift certificates to friends who live in the City, and they have been delighted. Can't wait for my next visit and CityRover Walk!

About 3 hours 15 min; 3 miles on foot (5 kilometers)
$45 for adults, $25 for kids 12 and under
Tuesday, Friday, and Sunday at 10am
Maximum group size is 12 adults
Our tours are currently offered only in English
There will be 1 bathroom/optional coffee break
Private Option:
This tour is also available for private booking
Starts near Bowling Green (exact meeting point will be emailed after booking) and ends near the 9/11 Memorial

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 may not be appropriate for young children, as they involve a lot of walking and cover topics geared to adults.  Further, some of our tours reference adult content some parents may deem inappropriate for children.  On this particular tour, references may be made to duels, death, and terrorism.   That said, there are 2 “child” tickets available for each public tour for children aged 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.