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Many mistake Wall Street as the mere "business district" of the Big Apple, chosen headquarter for many national & international financial institutions, and other big corporations, all business and nothing culturally interesting. Those people couldn't be further from the truth. Indeed, FiDi is so much more than that a simple business hub. The area of the Financial District is quite broad indeed, and often times is used to include the following historic areas – Wall Street, Stone Street, Battery Park, 9/11 Memorial & The World Trade Center

What to see around The Financial District

Downtown is a vital and focal point not only for the History of New York but the entire US too. Here, we can discover historic streets and places walked by Washington, Hamilton, Jefferson ... The oldest buildings of New York City are here located! The iconic Fraunces Tavern where George Washington bid goodbye to his troops, The Federal Hall National Monument where Washington was sworn in as the 1st president of the United States in 1789, Trinity Church where he used to pray right on the second-row pew, The New York Stock Exchange, the former Custom House, Bowling Green with its original fence and the Charging Bull, Stone Street with the iconic cobblestone street and local pubs, St. Paul Chapel and WTC where history meets a testament of great human courage during the tragic events of 9/11, the new Oculus, the ultra-modern and chic Hub of downtown Manhattan, and much more.

Battery Park, The Hudson River, and The Atlantic Ocean

We will start the Tour by reaching Battery Park, can you imagine that this park was actually a separate smaller island right in front of the tip of Manhattan and connected only by a wooden bridge? We will walk to the very end of Manhattan and from here, we’ll take in the New York Bay while discovering 2 major landmarks - Liberty Island and Ellis Island. We'll try to picture what it could have felt like for millions of immigrants to reach the secluded waters of the Bay and the Hudson River after crossing the Atlantic Ocean. Battery Park offers a great vantage point to admire all that surrounds NYC, including New Jersey, Brooklyn, and Staten Island, and to realize just how big this city really is, how far north, east and south it extends.

Highlights for The Financial District, WTC and Battery Park

4-Hour Private Walking Tour
Professional Tour Guide in English
Major New York Landmarks and "Best-Kept Secrets"
The Federal Hall National Monument
The New York Stock Exchange & Wall Street
The One WTC (aka Freedom Tower)
Trinity Church & The Charging Bull

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Additional Description

We will continue walking towards Bowling Green, the first public park of NY that, surprisingly enough, still has its original fence intact, and we will stop for a quick photo-op by the iconic Charging Bull where we can unveil the history of this “city sculpture”. We will proceed towards the inner streets of the Financial District passing by the historic Fraunces Tavern, walking along Stone Street and finally reaching Wall Street.

Wall Street and its History

Possibly the most notorious street in NY and sometimes also synonymous with the greed of the financial institutions in opposition to Main Street (the American people.) But here we won’t really talk finance, instead, we’ll jump into history, some 400 years ago and learn how today’s New York came about … The Lenape Indians, the Dutch, the Brits, the Colonies, the Revolutionary War, The Civil War and the 21st Century. Here, we’ll take some time to visit the Federal National Hall (during opening hours we can visit the rotunda – free of charge,) we’ll check #40 Wall Street, do you know why this Building is such a historic place and as a bronze plaque at the entrance? It has nothing to do with the name of the buidling, we'll learn of its history. And of course, we’ll have the time to snap several pictures of the New York Stock Exchange. We’ll see Trinity Church and its cemetery (both closed due to major construction until further notice,) one of the few Manhattan Churches that still has its original adjacent cemetery.

9/11 Memorial and the new WTC

The last part of the tour is dedicated to the 9/11 Memorial, where we can admire the progress in the new WTC construction including the now tallest building in the Western Hemisphere – The One WTC (aka Freedom Tower), we will go inside the newly opened Oculus and walk underground, this is the latest work by the famous, yet disputed, architect Calatrava ... An ideal tour for some mix of history, modern architecture and incredible views!

FREE BONUS: The Brooklyn Promenade & DUMBO 

If time allows it, we will hop on the Subway to reach the Historic Neighborhood of Brooklyn Heights famous for its well-appointed tree-lined streets, the gourmet coffee shops, the restaurants, and the overall small-town vibe. The streets are adorned with stately Townhouses, Mansions and beautiful backyards. Once we arrive in Brookyn (just a 5-minute ride with the Subway) will have a chance to explore the first area to be declared Historic District in the Big Apple. We will walk along the beautiful Brooklyn Promenade while enjoying gorgeous views over the Skyline, and we will reach the iconic neighborhood of Dumbo (right by the Brooklyn Bridge) where this tour will conclude.

You can then decide to spend your afternoon in Brooklyn, grab a bite in one of the many local eateries or at the new Time Out Market, or perhaps walk the Brooklyn Bridge unescorted. Please note that this Brooklyn Part is not part of the Tour, it's an Extra Bonus that can only be done if time allows. The Overall Tour will always last 4 hours.

Video: The Financial District, WTC, and Battery Park Tour


    • Walking Tour of The Financial District, WTC & 9/11, Battery Park
    • Professional Tour Guide in English
    • Optional: ONLY if time allows it, Brooklyn Promenade and Dumbo


    • Public Transportation
    • Gratuities
    • Drop-off in Hotel


Tour Price: starting from $75.00 per person (based on 4 participants)

Activity Schedule

Broadway at the corner with State Street – 1 Bowling Green, New York, NY 10004 in front of the National Museum of the American Indian
Pick-up in Hotel might be available on request. Guide to meet at the Client's Hotel, if centrally located, service to be confirmed.
Opening Dates: Daily, Year-round
Hours: Departure: 09:00 am -or- 3:00 pm
Closing Dates: Thanksgiving – December 25th – January 1st – July 4th – Labor Day

Additional Info & FAQ

  • Please note that all venues included in the tour description, including, but not limited to, restaurants, attractions and museums may change without prior notice. 

Policy & Disclaimers

Inclusions: As outlined in the "Included in the Price"
Exclusions: Everything else not specifically outlined in the "Included in the Price"
Booking Fees: Please note all reservations are subject to a 2.5% booking fee - This 2.5% Booking Fee is applied to all sales and is never refundable.
Cancellation Policy: Please carefully review our Cancellation Policy
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This is a private walking tour which includes the complimentary meet & greet at your Hotel, if centrally located in Manhattan between Battery Park and 125th Street. The Tour Guide will meet you at your hotel at the selected time, and you will start your tour from there. If you prefer to meet the guide somewhere else, we can accommodate that as well.

All Meet & Greet in Manhattan (from Battery Park to 125th street) are complimentary.

For hotels located north of 125th Street or outside Manhattan, please note there will be an additional $35 fee. Alternatively, the guide can suggest a convenient location (in Manhattan) based on the selected itinerary where you can meet to start the tour. Please contact us if you have any question, and we will be happy to assist you further.  
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Breanna A. | TripAdvisor
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Irene was a FANTASTIC tour guide! She was so knowledgeable about the area and was so patient with all our questions. We stopped to use the bathroom and we got coffee halfway through, she was so kind! It was a pleasure learning about Brooklyn from you!

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I’m the biggest fan of Fall activities, but haven’t had a chance to do anything beyond Apple Picking in NJ. I decided to take a last minute 2 day trip with a friend in Hudson Valley, but didn’t know where to start [...] Thankfully I was able to use New York Welcome to do the hard work for us [...]

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The SATC walking tour is fabulous! Our tour guide was amazing. Friendly, helpful, accommodating and so knowledgeable about the city. It was essentially 2 tours in 1. SATC and visits to historical places in the city. I give this tour 5 stars and definitely recommend. Grab your walking shoes and schedule one today!

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Our family had a wonderful experience seeing Ellis Island and Liberty Island! Irene was very knowledgeable and engaging for our three children ages 5, 9, and 12. We will definitely book again with her [...]

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We did 2 tours together with our guide Irene in one day, Hoboken and the East side. What can I say, in addition to the wonderful places, she has made everything more magical [...]

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