In this city of modern skyscrapers, it can be easy to forget that New York as we know it began in the Financial District. The Wall Street Walks Wall Street and 911 Memorial Tour is a walking tour that focuses on the neighborhood’s rich and lengthy history. Tour participants will hear stories of historic intrigue ranging from the first settlers to the American Revolution to the great stock market crashes that shook the world. A guide leads a small group through the Financial District on foot, telling tales of famous historic figures that once walked the same streets. A discrete ear bud is given out at the beginning of the tour, ensuring that no story goes unheard on Lower Manhattan’s sometimes noisy streets. To bring stories to life even further, the guide carries a binder with photographs and sketches of important moments in history.
The tour begins with highlights of the famous Wall Street strip, including the first home of the New York Stock Exchange, Federal Hall, and the current New York Stock Exchange. This easy stroll meanders through the Financial District, passing famous restaurants like Delmonico’s and crossing neighborhood highlights such as the pedestrian-only Stone Street. It finishes up at Zuccotti Park (birthplace of the Occupy Wall Street movement) and the World Trade Center site. This walking tour is a straight 90-minute tour, with no opportunities for purchasing food or using a bathroom. There are several street vendors in the neighborhood that sell cold drinks. Group participants should be aware that many of the streets in the neighborhood are cobbled, sometimes uneven and frequently crowded.
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A plethora of sites to see, including the 9/11 Memorial, the New York Stock Exchange, and Alexander Hamilton’s grave.
New York is known for many things, but perhaps more than any other, it’s known for Wall Street. The soaring collection of buildings at the south end of the island is the origin of downtown. The Wall Street and 9/11 Memorial Tour offers you the opportunity to understand the history of the city in a way that is new and different, showing you the humble beginnings of Wall Street and the inspiring story of how a city came together amidst unspeakable tragedy. The tour guides are unbelievably knowledgeable, seemingly able to answer any question you might be able to come up with. Experience the storied history of New York’s financial center, offering insight on anything and everything Wall Street, from the Stock Exchange and the Federal Reserve to the Bull and Trinity Church.