Take a Tour Downtown
The best way to understand this dynamic neighborhood is to take a guided tour with one of our top tour companies in Lower Manhattan.
Insiders say that if you haven’t been Downtown in a few years, you’ll barely recognize the place. We say that the same might be true even if you’ve only let a few months go by.
While this last square mile of Manhattan was the first part of the city to be settled, you’ll find that its rich history is matched only by its modern growth. Everyday there are new and exciting spots opening south of Chambers Street making New York City’s oldest neighborhood new again.
So how can you keep up with all there is to explore? The best way to understand this dynamic neighborhood is to take a guided tour with one of our top tour companies in Lower Manhattan.
On Foot: Lower Manhattan Walking Tours
Wall Street Walks
Easily one of the most established and respected companies in the neighborhood, Wall Street Walks has two tours on offer: The Wall Street Tour and the Secrets of Downtown Tour. Both take you through the epicenter of world finance and encourage you to discover little know details and see major historic sites for yourself. Think Wall Street, the New York Stock Exchange and Fraunces Tavern, the pub where George Washington declared the end of the American War for Independence and sent his troops home. Interested in an personalized tour? Wall Street Walks can also arrange private tours with custom itineraries for groups big and small. Visit wallstreetwalks.com for booking details.
The Wall Street Experience
What happens on Wall Street affects the entire country, if not the world. With former Wall Street insiders as tour guides, learn about the inside story of Wall Street, from history to what’s happening today with The Wall Street Experience walking tour.
With the goal of showing you what makes each city unique, Urban Adventures is a global tour company that has honed in on the rich Hamilton history of Lower Manhattan. The company’s least expensive tour is also their most popular – the Hamilton Happy Hour Tour extends the buzz of the popular Broadway musical by showing you the history of Hamilton (and, by extension America) Downtown.
New York Historical Tours
Get insight into New York City’s early colonial history and how it evolved into the financial capital of the world on the New York Historical Tour’s Financial District Tour, or discover NYC’s original port and center of trade and commerce on their South Street Seaport and Brooklyn Bridge Tour.
Learn more about New York Historical Tours.
On Wheels: Lower Manhattan By Bus or Bike
The Downtown Experience
Tour Lower Manhattan on a state-of-the-art bus with floor-to-ceiling windows and theater-style seating for unparalleled panoramic views. Not only are the views unparalleled, the Downtown Experience is also the first and only sightseeing tour to incorporate Virtual Reality to allow you to travel back in time while physically traveling through the neighborhood.
Big Bus Tours
No matter where you are in Manhattan, your Big Bus Tour tickets allow you to hop-on, hop-off your way to an Explore Downtown NYC tour, which brings you to Brooklyn Bridge City Hall, Wall Street, The Statue of Liberty, and South Street Seaport. Plus, every Big Bus tour to Brooklyn ends right in Lower Manhattan. There’s no easier way to include Lower Manhattan into your New York City itinerary.
Bike Rent NYC
For a more active approach to your Lower Manhattan visit, join a Brooklyn Bridge tour with Bike Rent NYC and tour Downtown on two wheels. For the even more adventurous, you can also rent a bike and spend the day exploring far and wide – bikes are allowed on ferry boats, so you can connect to different parts of the city more easily.
On the water: Cruises Leaving from Lower Manhattan
The only way to the Statue of Liberty
If you are looking to visit the Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island on your visit to New York city, the absolute only company that can get you there is Statue Cruises, the official ferry of the National Park Service in NYC, and the only authorized official provider of tickets and tours to the Statue of Liberty National Monument and Ellis Island. Other companies might promise to do the same, but they can only get you near Lady Liberty. To dock and visit the Lady, the much-anticipated Statue of Liberty Museum (late Spring 2019) and Ellis Island, book at statuecruises.com or buy tickets at The Battery, where tour boats leave from.
Manhattan By Sail
Take in the magic of the NYC harbor on the mighty Clipper City sailboat, or enjoy a more intimate yachting experience on the Shearwater. Either way, Manhattan by Sail offers sunset sails, happy hours, and easy one-hour affordable tours that allow you to experience luxury without paying for it.
On the cheap: discounts and deals for Lower Manhattan tours
Looking for a free ride?
The Downtown Alliance runs a free shuttle service around the perimeter of Lower Manhattan, so keep your eyes peeled for our red Downtown Connection buses, servicing 36 stops from 10 am-7:30 pm, seven days a week (except for Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day).
The Sightseeing Pass
Get entry to key tourist attractions citywide for one price with The Sightseeing Pass. You’ll pay once, but enjoy the pass throughout your trip. When you use The Sightseeing Pass in Lower Manhattan, your entry to the One World Observatory, Statue of Liberty, the 9/11 Museum & Memorial and more are all included. You’ll save over $100 on entry to Downtown museums, attracts and bus tours with the purchase of The Sightseeing Pass.Tags: must see downtown