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.
As the group strolls along, participants have many opportunities to ask the guide questions. Throughout the tour, the group stops at several landmarks while the guide highlights stories that puts what you see into historical context. The expertise of the Wall Street Walks guides covers centuries of New York history.
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 and sometimes uneven. Some streets will be very busy with locals getting to and from work in the Financial District.
The Wall Street and 911 Memorial Tour is approximately 90 minutes long.
Museum entry and additional 9/11 tour
For the total experience, take the Official 9/11 Memorial Guided Tour (buy tickets here)
or visit the 9/11 Memorial Museum (buy tickets here)
Good for kids?
This walking tour is a good fit for kids that can be on their feet for almost two hours at a stretch. Many of the attractions and fun facts will be of interest to junior high and high-school-age kids. This tour will also bring their studies of American history some context.
Did you know?
Wall Street got its name from a half-mile wood wall that separated the first settlers from the natives that inhabited the island of Manhattan.
George Washington was inaugurated as the first President of the United States at Federal Hall on Wall Street.