• 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
• Learn about Saint Paul’s Chapel, NY’s oldest public building, which survived two great fires and the attacks on 9/11
• Discover two important Downtown skyscrapers, one which was in a race for the world’s tallest in 1929 and another which led to Manhattan’s “Wedding Cake” skyline
• 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 individuals and rivalries that shaped the city
On this fun and informative 2-hour Wall Street walking tour, we’ll start off where it all began — near the southern tip of the island of Manhattan. During our time together, we will time-travel through several centuries of growth, conquests, rebellions, fires, market crashes, tragedies, rebirths, and bitter rivalries. Along the way, we will see some of the most important and famous Downtown landmarks, including the Alexander Hamilton Customs House, Trinity Church, the New York Stock Exchange, Saint Paul’s Chapel, Federal Reserve Bank of NY, and much more.
Within a square mile, we will cover a lot of historical and cultural ground, from Dutch roots to modern finance. We will also speak about Wall Street’s humble beginnings and about some of its famous figures, rivalries, and sites. We will explore the Financial District’s nooks and crannies, presenting you with stories about the buildings, places, and personalities you won’t find in a guide book.
Basic Tour Info:
Price and Schedule: This tour is available for booking as a private tour. Please contact us at email@example.com or by calling +1(347)464-9335. If you would like a private tour duration long than 2 hours, please consider combining this tour with the Brooklyn Bridge Tour for an extended private tour. Rates for private tours can be found here.
Duration: Approximately 2 Hours
Walking Distance: Approximately 1 Mile
Recent Reviews For This Tour:
We were very impressed by Max Vishnev and his walking tour–Behind the Wall: 400 Years of Downtown Tales of Intrigue. It was one of several events we offered in celebration of our 25th Anniversary. Max even remembered that fact and brought us a gift of Jacques Torres chocolates. He was engaging and informative as he enthusiastically shared stories of characters that shaped the history of downtown. As New Yorkers we already knew quite a bit of local history; but Max successfully raised our level of knowledge, recounted fascinating tales of intrigue as promised. We highly recommend this tour and specifically Max as an excellent tour guide.
Additional Tour Info:
Starting Point: Our suggested starting point for this private tour is at the southern tip of Broadway, near the Charging Bull sculpture, but can be customized by request. This starting point (and the end point) is within walking distance to the 9/11 Memorial, in case you are planning a visit.
Are gratuities included? Guide gratuities are not included in the tour price, so if you enjoy your tour, tips are very much appreciated.
Stops: We normally make one pit stop on this walk for optional refreshments (not included in tour price) and bathroom facilities.