You'll start at the southern tip of Manhattan for this fun and fact-filled tour of New York City's Financial District, also known as FiDi. Walk down the world-famous Wall Street and take in some major landmarks along the way such as the New York Stock Exchange and The Federal Reserve. You'll get a concise but comprehensive history lesson that discusses the Dutch immigrants who settled the area, the takeover that claimed the land for England, and the eventual British surrender to a new, United States of America. Landmarks and artifacts on the tour will make these stories come alive. You can stand at the site where American patriots toppled a statue of the king in revolt, and view the actual Bible that was used when George Washington was sworn in as president! For more recent history, you'll visit Zuccotti Park, where the Occupy Wall Street movement took place. Take your time as you go so you can enjoy the leisurely walk between stops, taking in modern art, historical monuments, and the unmistakeable vibe of New York City along the way!
The Charging Bull Statue, Federal Hall
Take the subway to Bowling Green Park and exit at the Museum of the American Indian. The starting point is on the steps of the museum.
Places to stop along the way:
Federal Hall, Zuccotti Park, The Federal Reserve, The Museum of American Finance
Best time of day:
This tour can be done at any time of the day, though I suggest starting in the early morning when there are fewer people on the streets. And if you want a picture of yourself in front of the famous "Charging Bull" statue, you need to get there before 08h30. After that, it will be impossible to take a picture without 300 other tourists crowding around and photo-bombing you!
Exercise the same amount of caution that you would in any big city: keep a close watch on your bag and move with purpose.
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