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Lower Manhattan & Midtown Manhattan - Exclusive Guided Walking Combo Tour

Overview
Watch New York grow up before your eyes on this 5.5 hour exclusive guided walking combo tour of Lower Manhattan and Midtown, combining two of the city’s most vibrant districts in one convenient experience. Follow your engaging guide as you discover Dutch history, the bustling traders on Wall Street, and the soaring skyscrapers of Manhattan’s iconic skyline.
City: New York City
Sun 16 Jun
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Starting at $157.94
Sun 16 Jun
Starting at $157.94
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What's Included
Tour will run, rain or shine
Professional tour guide exclusively for you
Duration 5.5 hours (including a lunch break)
Private walking tour
Additional Info
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Infants and small children can ride in a pram or stroller
  • Public transportation options are available nearby
  • All areas and surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Travelers should have at least a moderate level of physical fitness
  • Maximum of 8 people per tour allowed
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Notes: The tour route may be affected by national celebrations. When this occurs, we will provide guests with an alternative route that still enables them to see all the highlights on the tour. In these cases, we are unable to provide refunds or discounts. No large bags or suitcases are allowed during this tour. We recommend comfortable shoes, a bottle of water, umbrella in case of rain, and a hat during summer. Due to increased security measures at many attractions, some can’t be visited from the inside.
What To Expect
1
Lower Manhattan
During the first half of this walking combo tour, your guide will show you the historical sites that most visitors overlook, including Bowling Green and Castle Clinton in Battery Park. Learn about Alexander Hamilton at Trinity Church before fast-forwarding to the last century, when the Charging Bull took up residence near the NYSE and Federal Hall. Modern architecture soars overhead once in the shadows of the World Trade Center. Discuss the tragedy of 9/11 while visiting the official 9/11 Memorial and Firefighters’ Memorial. Next, learn how Lower Manhattan has evolved since, including the Occupy Wall Street movement that took over Zuccotti Park. By the end of the tour, you’ll understand more clearly how New York City has become one of the most important and inspiring metropolises in the world.
2
Castle Clinton National Monument
After arriving at the meeting point, start your tour with a brief discussion on Castle Clinton, a landmark representing not only the city’s growth but the growth of the nation. Built between 1808 and 1811, it was the first U.S immigration station where more than 8 million people arrived in the United States between 1855 to 1890.
3
New York Harbor
From here, you will see New York Harbor, part of the port of New York. Lying at the mouth of the Hudson river, it's one of the largest natural harbors in the world.
4
SeaGlass Carousel
Next you will pass the Sea Glass Carousel, a fish-themed carousel that represents a symbol of recovery for the area, which suffered damage from Hurricane Sandy in 2012. You will be able to appreciate the carousel’s design, as its design and construction took nearly a decade.
5
Bowling Green
Visit Bowling Green, New York’s City’s oldest park. According to tradition, this small public space served as the council ground for Native American tribes and was the site of the sale of Manhattan in 1626 to Peter Minuit.
6
Charging Bull (Wall Street Bull)
Pause to admire the Charging Bull, a bronze statue created by the artist Arturo Di Modica, who illegally dropped it outside the New York Stock Exchange. The sculpture became an instant hit as soon as it was set up at Bowling Green.
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Trinity Church
Next you will visit Trinity Church, a historical parish church founded in1696, and set near the intersection of Wall Street and Broadway. During your visit, see the graves of Mr and Ms Hamilton in the churchyard, along with the monument dedicated to them near their resting place.
8
Wall Street
You will then walk along Wall Street, the renowned 8-block-long street running through Lower Manhattan. Known for its role in the international financial system, it is easily one of the most famous streets in the world.
9
New York Stock Exchange
During your time on Wall Street, view the exterior of the New York Stock Exchange, the world’s largest stock exchange. Founded in 1792, it is now a designated National Historic Landmark.
10
Fearless Girl
In front of the New York Stock Exchange, see what is known as the Fearless Girl, a bronze statue by Kristen Visbal which depicts a young and defiant girl. The statue is considered by many to symbolize and promote female empowerment.
11
House of Morgan
Continuing down Wall Street, you will also see the exterior of the House of Morgan, an office building formerly owned by J.P. Morgan & Co. Built in 1913, the building is known for its classical architecture and was designated a New York City landmark in 1965.
12
Federal Hall
Visit Federal Hall, the name given to the first of two historical buildings at 26 Wall Street. While the original Greek Revival structure was completed in 1703, the current structure built in 1842 is one of the best examples of neoclassical architecture in New York.
13
St. Paul's Chapel
Afterwards, you will make your way to St Paul’s Chapel, part of the Parish of Trinity Church Wall Street. It was considered a “chapel-of-ease" for those who did not want to walk a few blocks to Trinity. Upon completion in 1766, it was the tallest building in New York City.
14
The National 9/11 Memorial & Museum
Pay a visit to the the National September 11 Memorial, a monument honoring those killed in 9/11. The Memorial’s twin reflecting pools feature the largest manmade waterfalls in North America. Here you will see the names of every person who died in the attack, inscribed into bronze panels edging the water.
15
One World Trade Center
Next, gaze up at One World Trade Center, otherwise known as the Freedom Tower. The tallest building in New York, it stands today where the Twin Towers once loomed over the city.
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Zuccotti Park
From here, make your way to Zuccotti Park, formerly known as Liberty Plaza Park. The park was heavily damaged in the 9/11 attacks and underwent subsequent recovery efforts. The plaza is now used as the site of several events commemorating the anniversary of the attack.
17
Midtown
After a break for lunch, learn about the 19th and 20th century additions to Manhattan that helped shape its urban landscape. Explore the lesser-known Marble Collegiate Church and visit icons like the New York Public Library and the Morgan Library. From Madison Square Park to the quirky Flatiron building, you’ll discover the earlier innovations that helped build New York up, quite literally. Your guide will discuss the skyscraper boom of the early 1900s, including the Met Life Tower and the New York Life Building. You’ll walk by the world-famous Empire State Building to learn about the last of the early 20th-century giants. It doesn’t get much more beautiful than the main terminal of Grand Central Station, where you’ll learn about the landmark laws that preserve many of these historic buildings for generations to come.
18
Flatiron Building
Moving on to the second half of your tour, see what is known as the Flatiron Building, a triangular, 22-story steel-framed landmarked building constructed in 1902. The building’s distinctive shape allows it to fill the wedge-shaped site at the intersection of Fifth Avenue and Broadway, making it one of the city’s most dramatic-looking buildings.
19
Madison Square Park
Next you will take a stroll through Madison Square Park, a true urban park nestled in the heart of Flatiron district. First opened to the public in May 1847, the park underwent a complete renewal in 2001 and today contains a dog run, playground and public installations by artists like Sol LeWitt and William Wegman.
20
MetLife Building
Across from Madison Square Park, see the Met Life Tower, officially known as the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company Tower. The tallest building in the world from 1909 to 1913, it remains a landmark skyscraper in the city, known also for its impressive architecture.
21
General Worth Square
View what is known as the General William Jenkins Worth Memorial, an obelisk which marks the burial site of Major General William Jenkins Worth. Dating to 1857, this site is the second oldest major monument in the parks of New York.
22
Marble Collegiate Church
Next you will see the Marble Collegiate Church, one of the oldest continuous Protestant congregations in North America, founded in 1628.
23
Tin Pan Alley
Visit Tin Pan Alley, a small section of West 28th Street between Broadway and Sixth Avenue. The place is synonymous with the golden gge of American song writing, when New York was the world’s epicentre of composing, lyric writing, and sheet music publishing.
24
Empire State Building
Afterwards, you will see famous Empire State Building, a 102-story art deco skyscraper completed in 1931. Every year this landmark attracts thousands of tourists. Observe the exterior of the building and go into the interior lobby.
25
The Morgan Library & Museum
Next, visit the Morgan Library & Museum, a museum and research library founded to house the private library of J. P. Morgan in 1906. This building was designated a New York City landmark in 1966 and declared a National Historic Landmark later that same year.
26
Bryant Park
Check out Bryant Park, a privately managed public park named to commemorate the Romantic poet, long-time editor of the New York Evening Post, and civil reformer, William Cullen Bryant, in 1884.
27
Library Way
You will also walk along Library Way, a street leading to the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, a building part of the New York Public Library. Along the way you will see bronze plaques imbedded in the sidewalk containing literary quotes, making this a delightful literary experience.
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New York Public Library
Walk along Library Way, a street leading to the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, a building that's part of the New York Public Library. Along the way, see bronze plaques embedded in the sidewalk that showcase literary quotes, making this a delightful literary experience.
29
Fifth Avenue
Experience Fifth Avenue, a street considered one of the most expensive and elegant in the world.
30
Chrysler Building
Next, see the Chrysler Building, an art deco-style skyscraper which was once the world’s tallest building before being surpassed by the Empire State Building in 1931. Today, it is considered the 8th-tallest building in the city, tying with the New York Times building.
31
Grand Central Terminal
Your tour will end at Grand Central Terminal, a historic New York City landmark. Here, learn all about the terminal’s history whilst enjoying the atmosphere of what is considered a universal symbol of New York City’s past and present.
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Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours before the scheduled departure time.
Reviews (3)
drlp300
Aug 2022
Jeff was a very friendly and knowledgeable tour guide. He was flexible and accommodating. We had a great day with him and highly recommend him to anyone interesting in seeing New York.
CmdtProvo
Nov 2018
Although I've been before this was so insightful and impressive. Would highly recommend these tours to anyone who is visiting Manhattan. What a wonderful guided walking tour! Thank you again Babylon Tours
Teresa_N
Oct 2018
Our tour guide, Jon, was very knowledgeable and pleasant. The kind of person that you would like to spend a day with! We would definitely take another tour with him.

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