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I had no idea what to expect on the downtown tour, but after meeting Ryan I quickly learned that this tour was NOT going to be boring. He was amazing! First off, he has really great voice projection, which was awesome considering the bustle of downtown, the traffic noise, and loud wind near the water's edge. He also has an infectious enthusiasm for NY's history and a knack for conveying of the facts of historical people. He draws you in for sure, but is also friendly and super down-to-earth. I loved the tales of intrigue and his theatrical delivery. I honestly worried that this might be a less interesting, more ``serious`` type of tour, but it packed a punch. Ryan was very knowledgeable and the tour definitely kept my attention. I learned a lot! Once we made it to the memorial he had an equally tenderhearted energy for what we were about to view, and mindfully and respectfully brought us to present day NY capturing in words the event which we all experienced in one way or another. I am so glad we got to experience this tour.
I highly recommend CityRover, as well as the Downtown tour!! Thank you Ryan!
Historic Downtown Tour – 400 Years of Downtown Action & Intrigue
The CityRover Difference:
- Small groups (12 max.), no microphones, no flags
- Engaging local guides, fun stories and interesting facts
- Local snack stops and focus on a non-touristy experience
- Satisfaction Guarantee
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.
I only had a weekend in NY and booked the Wall Street tour at the last moment. Was absolutely worth it! Max the tour guide was fantastic and not only gave the group lots of information about what we were seeing but was full of useful tips for other areas of the city as well. Highly recommended and a great way to see the city!
My wife and I did the 'Landmark Explorer' tour with Max as well as the 'Historic Downtown 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!
About 3 hours 15 min; 3 miles on foot (5 kilometers)
$45 for adults, $25 for kids 12 and under
Tuesday and Friday at 10am
Maximum group size is 12 adults
Our tours are currently offered only in English
There will be 1 bathroom/optional coffee break
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 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.