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Lower Manhattan
Though many visitors stick around the bright lights of Midtown, don’t miss the chance to explore Lower Manhattan. Long synonymous with the banking industry, the area has plenty to offer even after the closing bell has rung out across Wall Street. Beyond the Stock Exchange and Charging Bull, you’ll find historic sites and great shopping.

The Basics
If you’re a history buff, check out the African Burial Ground, North America’s largest known excavated burial ground for free and enslaved Africans. Or just offshore, visit Ellis Island, through which 12 million immigrants passed between 1892 and 1924. And the National September 11 Memorial & Museum commemorates more recent history. Alternatively, soak up the sun in Battery Park, cruise along the Hudson River on the free Staten Island Ferry, score bargains at Century 21, or browse the boutiques of the South Street Seaport. At dinnertime, take your pick from Tribeca’s hip restaurants.

Many walking tours of Lower Manhattan stop by the most important sites, ensuring you don’t miss a thing. Fans of the hit musical Hamilton can even opt for a specialized walking tour of places associated with the Founding Father.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Lower Manhattan is a must for travelers interested in New York City history or architecture.
  • The 9/11 Memorial is free to visit, but there’s a fee to enter the museum.
  • Many restaurants around Wall Street are closed on weekends.

How to Get There
You can easily access Lower Manhattan via subway stations such as Wall Street, Rector Street, Fulton Street, Chambers Street Whitehall, and Broad Street.

When to Get There

For a glimpse of the global financial trade in action, head to Wall Street on a weekday morning to watch traders going about their business. Conversely, weekends, when the banks are closed, can be eerily quiet. Any day of the week, however, is a good time for shopping or checking out the cluster of bars that have recently sprung up, such as the Dead Rabbit and Weather Up.

Lower Manhattan Architecture
While in the neighborhood, you’ll see the grand New York Stock Exchange and the 18th-century Federal Hall—commemorating the site where the first United States Congress convened and George Washington was sworn in as president. Lower Manhattan is also home to Santiago Calatrava’s ultramodern World Trade Center Oculus and One World Trade Center—the tallest skyscraper in the Western Hemisphere, offering 360-degree views of New York City and beyond.
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Lower Manhattan: Secrets of Downtown Walking Tour

Lower Manhattan: Secrets of Downtown Walking Tour

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The architecture of NYC’s Financial District is some of the city’s most impressive and oldest, but if you explore alone you could miss out on some lesser-known and harder to find spots. Prebook this Lower Manhattan downtown walking tour, and go with a guide who knows the best ways around the busy city and what hidden gems to stop at. See everything from Wall Street to the Helmsley Building.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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$35.00
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$35.00

Manhattan Sky Tour: New York Helicopter Flight

Manhattan Sky Tour: New York Helicopter Flight

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Catch a bird's eye view of the Big Apple during this helicopter ride over Manhattan. Look out over the Statue of Liberty, Wall Street, the financial district and more. You’ll also spot top sights like Ellis Island and the Empire State Building during this unique sightseeing flight over one of the world's most iconic cities.
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  • 15 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$215.00
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$215.00
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Lower Manhattan & Ground Zero Guided Walking Tour - Semi-Private 8ppl Max

Lower Manhattan & Ground Zero Guided Walking Tour - Semi-Private 8ppl Max

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From Dutch settlers to the international business hub of Wall Street, the story of Lower Manhattan is both central to New York's history and its current role as a global metropolis. Uncover the story of this historic stretch of the Big Apple with a small-group tour. From Bowling Green to Trinity Church, you can hear the history of the city, learn about the Founding Fathers, and address the tragic events of 9/11—all with a guide to lead the way.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$73.14
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Lower Manhattan & Ground Zero Guided Walking Tour - Private Tour

Lower Manhattan & Ground Zero Guided Walking Tour - Private Tour

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Lower Manhattan is home to so many of New York City’s iconic sights that it can be hard to know where to begin. See the highlights in just hours with this private walking tour that takes you through the area’s history-making moments from Dutch colonial settlers to the birth of the New York Stock Exchange. Walk in the shadow of the modern skyscrapers and end at the 9/11 Memorial.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$73.14
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Wall Street and Financial District Walking Tour

Wall Street and Financial District Walking Tour

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Discover America’s financial hub on a small-group walking tour through Wall Street and the Financial District. Learn about the history of this business mecca and the stories of some of its famous, and infamous, businessmen. Visit Federal Hall, Trinity Church, and the Wall Street Bull. Upgrade your ticket to include a self-guided audio tour of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$24.95
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$24.95
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Skip the Line NYC Speakeasy Walking Tour Ticket

Skip the Line NYC Speakeasy Walking Tour Ticket

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Step into the shoes of a Roaring Twenties scofflaw on this cocktail tour of Manhattan’s best and most secretive speakeasies. Learn about the history of Prohibition and how New Yorkers responded with an underground liquor scene, and then visit multiple modern incarnations of these vintage watering holes. Discover the locations and hidden entrances of such hard-to-find spots, and enjoy high-quality craft cocktails while soaking up the nostalgic atmosphere.
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  • 3 hours
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$33.34
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THE DOWNTOWN EXPERIENCE Powered By THE RIDE

THE DOWNTOWN EXPERIENCE Powered By THE RIDE

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See Downtown Manhattan from a rare perspective on a bus tour that includes state–of–the–art virtual reality technology. As you cruise past top landmarks, your goggles take you back in time to important historical moments, from George Washington’s inauguration to Black Tuesday. When you’re not immersed in the VR scenes, your guide provides little–known facts about points of interest on the itinerary, including the Brooklyn Bridge, Chinatown, and One World Trade.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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$54.00
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$54.00

Brooklyn Bridge and Lower Manhattan Highlights Walking Tour

Brooklyn Bridge and Lower Manhattan Highlights Walking Tour

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The Brooklyn Bridge is one of Manhattan’s most recognizable structures, but discovering it and neighboring Lower Manhattan independently may mean only scratching the surface of the sights. With this walking tour, explore Lower Manhattan and the bridge with a guide for a fully rounded, informed experience. Absorb the panoramas from its walkway, discover downtown historical sights, and hear tales of the bridge and the area you'd likely miss otherwise.
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  • 2 hours
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Best of NYC Private Half-Day Lower Manhattan Limousine Tour

Best of NYC Private Half-Day Lower Manhattan Limousine Tour

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See New York City in style in a chauffeured limousine on this private tour. Cruise the streets of Lower Manhattan in style, passing through Greenwich Village, Chinatown, TriBeCa, and Little Italy. Stop to take photos, learn more about the city from your guide, and see landmarks including One World Trade Center and Brooklyn Bridge. Upgrade to continue your tour into Upper and Mid-Manhattan.
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  • 3 hours
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$775.00
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$775.00
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Complete Manhattan and Central Park Bike Tour

Complete Manhattan and Central Park Bike Tour

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Explore Manhattan more easily, quickly, and smoothly than you could on foot or public transport on this bike tour. Pedal through Lower Manhattan, breeze along the waterfront, discover Central Park, and explore Midtown; all without worrying about navigation or whether you’ve covered the must-sees. Check out Little Italy, SoHo, and more; learn tales of the sights you’d miss otherwise, and enjoy a break for lunch (own cost) on route.
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  • 5 hours
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$88.00
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NYC Birth of Punk Tour

NYC Birth of Punk Tour

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New York City’s bohemian legacy is strong but can seem to travelers like ancient history. This tour is a masterclass in the history of the Greenwich Village and East Village punk scenes of the 1960s and ‘70s, visiting the fateful places where musicians—from the Velvet Underground to Blondie—lived, rehearsed, and performed. The tour also pays special attention to New York City punk’s LGBTQ roots and the East Village’s broader history.
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  • 2 hours
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$37.34
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New York City Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour with Liberty Island Ferry

New York City Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour with Liberty Island Ferry

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Wrap up New York’s signature sights without the inconveniences or expense of cabs or public transport on this hop-on hop-off tour. Relax as you see the sights and alight at any stop to explore further—creating your own personalized itinerary. Choose a 24-, 48-, and 72-hour ticket, and enjoy a night tour, ferry tour to Liberty Island and Ellis Island; admission to your choice of two museums, and other perks.
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Private Custom New York City Tour by SUV

Private Custom New York City Tour by SUV

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Group tours sometimes skip over attractions or details you’re interested in, making you feel like you got gypped. This private, customized tour of New York City by luxury SUV allows you to focus your time on your needs. Select from any number of popular locations such as Times Square, Central Park, and the Brooklyn Bridge—focus on one area or see it all. NYC hotel pickup and drop-off included.
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  • 6 hours
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$987.00
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Lower Manhattan & Midtown Manhattan Semi-Private Walking Tour: Max 8 People

Lower Manhattan & Midtown Manhattan Semi-Private Walking Tour: Max 8 People

Visit two of New York City’s essential districts in one day on a small-group combo tour of Lower Manhattan and Midtown. See where past and present collide as you learn about the city’s Dutch colonial roots layered under the economic powerhouse of Wall Street, and remember those lost at the 9/11 Memorial. Then head uptown to walk among landmark buildings like the Empire State Building and New York Public Library as you explore Midtown's architectural legacy.
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  • 5 hours
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$121.90
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Lower Manhattan and Brooklyn Bridge Guided Bike Tour

Lower Manhattan and Brooklyn Bridge Guided Bike Tour

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See the best of Lower Manhattan on this Brooklyn Bridge guided bike tour that covers all of the highlights. Navigate the city on two wheels and explore the streets as you make your way from Manhattan's southern tip to City Hall and the iconic Brooklyn Bridge. This easy climb leads to incredible views and prime photo ops, so be sure to bring your camera!
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  • 2 hours
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$48.99
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$48.99
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Lower Manhattan Tour: The Remnants of Dutch New Amsterdam!

Lower Manhattan Tour: The Remnants of Dutch New Amsterdam!

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Ditch your smartphone and guidebook to delve deeper into the history of New York City with a guide on this small-group walking tour. Stroll through Lower Manhattan—the site of the original 17th-century Dutch settlement known as New Amsterdam—and unravel its history and evolution as you visit its historical locations. See Wall Street, Bowling Green, and more; and hear tales and insight about the early city that many miss.
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  • 2 hours
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$37.34
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Lower Manhattan & Midtown Manhattan Private Walking Tour

Lower Manhattan & Midtown Manhattan Private Walking Tour

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Skip the effort of exploring Lower and Midtown Manhattan on your own with this private walking tour. With a guide to lead the way and furnish you with historical tales, it’s an easier and more enlightening option than sightseeing alone. Hear stories of Alexander Hamilton, visit Wall Street, and the 9/11 Memorial Plaza; and then head uptown to see the Empire State, Grand Central, and lesser-known treasures many visitors miss.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$121.90
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$121.90
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NYC 70s & 80s Music History Tour - Punk, Disco & Hip Hop Landmarks

NYC 70s & 80s Music History Tour - Punk, Disco & Hip Hop Landmarks

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Scratch beyond the surface of New York City music with a deep dive into punk, disco, and hip-hop of the 1970s and ‘80s. Tour the neighborhoods where bygone cheap rent and industrial spaces created music hotspots, visiting recording studios, artist homes, and clubs along the way. This tour also pays attention to the neighborhood transformations from economic collapse in 1975 to bohemian havens to luxury art and shopping districts today.
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  • 2 hours
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$37.34
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World Trade Center Architecture Tour

World Trade Center Architecture Tour

Discover the architecture that has been constructed in the aftermath of 9/11 on this guided, 2-hour walking tour around Lower Manhattan. Led by a knowledgeable local guide, explore the developments surrounding the World Trade Center — from skyscrapers, green buildings and office towers to memorials, urban redevelopment and brand-new open spaces. Visit One World Trade Center, 9/11 Memorial & Museum, Brookfield Place, and more. Headsets are included to hear the guide clearly over the street noise.
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  • 2 hours
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$450.00
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$450.00
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NYC Indie Rock Walking Tour

NYC Indie Rock Walking Tour

Indie rock fans, walk the streets where your favorite bands got their start on this insider's tour that pays tribute to the indie music scene of the Lower East Side and Alphabet City in all its bohemian glory. Uncover hidden spots like the studio where The Strokes and Yeah Yeah Yeahs recorded their first albums, the bar where Beck and Regina Spektor rocked open mic night, musicians’ former apartments, legendary venues, and more.
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  • 2 hours
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$37.34
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NYC Alexander Hamilton Private Walking Tour

NYC Alexander Hamilton Private Walking Tour

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Unravel the life of Alexander Hamilton, one of the USA’s founding fathers, on this private Lower Manhattan walking tour. Avoid having to research his story via guidebooks and smartphones; and let a guide lead you to sites associated with the great 18th-century politician. Explore the Financial District, see where he lived and worked, and hear about his life—all a curtain-raiser to seeing “Hamilton” the musical on Broadway.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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$300.00
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Private New York City Full-Day Walking Tour

Private New York City Full-Day Walking Tour

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Take a full day to see the areas of NYC you’ve always wanted to on this private walking tour. Together with your own personal guide, you and your group of up to nine can spend the day exploring the New York sights and neighborhoods that interest you the most. Your customized itinerary takes you to the places you request, and your guide's commentary is based on your interests.
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  • 6 hours
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$506.67
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Private New York City Boat Tour

Private New York City Boat Tour

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See New York City from the waters of the Hudson River on your own private motorboat tour. Enjoy two hours of sightseeing with stops at the Brooklyn Bridge, Freedom Tower (One World Trade Center) and Statue of Liberty. Bring your group of up to six people along with your own food or drink for this exclusive New York boating experience. Your tour departs from a convenient location in lower Manhattan.
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  • 2 hours
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$480.00
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NYC Cupcake Bakery Crawl of the Village

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NYC Cupcake Bakery Crawl of the Village

What is a Cupcake? Learn as we visit some of the best small bakeshops in NYC that New Yorker look for. We will take you to hidden secret bakeries starting in the West Village & continuing to the East Village as we search, during Bakery crawl for the best the city has. From the mini classic butter cream cupcake to Red Velvet cream cheese cupcake to the local bakeries with new flavor released daily. Let's go and find your favorite Cupcake. This Bakery Crawl will take 90 minutes & we will walk about 1.5 miles & visit the local bakeries plus taste some of the most desired cupcakes New Yorkers Rave about. Let's not forget the art & music we will experience as we crawl to the next bakery through the famous Washington Square Park & the street's of the Village. Our guest will leave with a a newly discovered love for New York's Bakeries & the Village. We will have opportunities to look and shop at the bakeries to take home so goodies. Please remember to bring a bottle of water with you.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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$46.80
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