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Best Wall Street Tours

Wall Street is to be enjoyed in each of its corners with all its stories of the financial universe. The surrounding area also offers excellent tourist attractions not to be missed.

Alejandra Savoia

Alejandra Savoia

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Best Wall Street Tours

Wall Street, New York | ©Lars Rollberg

If you have decided to take this trip, you will surely want to know what places to visit in New York and all the details about the scheduled tours with the support of an expert guide. Guided tours of Wall Street are almost a must - you can't miss this famous street and meet the world's most prominent financial firms!

In the almost 800 meters that it has of extension, there are numerous sites, stories and characters to know. Most of them are done on foot, which is an advantage, as you will have the best live experience on Wall Street. Feel like a stockbroker at least for a couple of hours!

1. Wall Street Walking Tour

On Wall Street| ©Pom'
On Wall Street| ©Pom'

During your guided tour through Wall Street you will learn about the most prominent financial firms that make important decisions about the world's economies every day. You may also have time to enjoy a coffee and lunch at the city's most popular restaurants.

The area offers visitors the opportunity to learn more about, for example, the New York Stock Exchange and Federal Hall from the specialized guide in charge of each group. This type of tour also includes historical details about Wall Street and most of the buildings it houses.

Wall Street has its own history, an amazing present and a future that looks promising. It certainly deserves a guided walking tour that can last at least half a day (or perhaps longer).

Details of interest

  • Price: from 35 €.
  • Duration: about 1 hour and 15 minutes.
  • Means of transport: there are different bus, train and subway lines to reach the meeting point.
  • Advantages of this option: It is an economical and relaxed tour.
  • Disadvantages of this option: You may find the tour short and wish to stay longer on Wall Street.

Book your Wall Street walking tour

2. Wall Street Tour with a financial expert guide

Looking to Wall Street| ©Ken Lund
Looking to Wall Street| ©Ken Lund

What better way to get to know Wall Street, its most representative buildings and the most risky adventures on the New York Stock Exchange with a knowledgeable guide from the world of finance?

This tour, which takes you inside the city's financial district, offers you a sightseeing tour during which the guide will provide you with facts and information about the most important events that took place on Wall Street.

The tour is ideal to get a behind-the-scenes look at how stock traders really live, the responsibilities they must assume in every decision involving the investment of huge amounts of money and details about the culture of these workers. Undoubtedly, lives that have inspired the development of films about Wall Street.

You'll probably also get some tips on how to get started as an investor and watch your savings grow, which is not bad for a walking tour of Wall Street.

Details of interest

  • Price: from 53 €.
  • Duration: approximately 2 hours.
  • Means of transportation: there are bus, train and subway lines to get to the meeting point.
  • Advantages of this option: A different tour to learn what Wall Street experts live day by day and learn a little more about how they work in the most recognized financial firms.
  • Disadvantages of this option: It is convenient to choose a tour in which the groups are not integrated by more than 20 people in order not to miss any detail about the information provided by the expert guide.

Book your Wall Street Tour with an expert guide

3. Wall Street and Lower Manhattan Tour

Sunset from the benches in Battery Park| ©Angels
Sunset from the benches in Battery Park| ©Angels

Lower Manhattan is an area of New York City that is home to a variety of attractive sites to visit and tourist activities. Without a doubt, a walking tour of the most outstanding sites in this area of the city will be exciting because of the memorial to the victims and survivors at the 9/11 Memorial, educational when you walk along Wall Street and historical when you learn about the first settlers who arrived there.

The tour includes a visit to the heart of finance, Wall Street, to see buildings such as the New York Stock Exchange, Federal Hall, Trinity Church, Ground Zero and the 9/11 Memorial, Bowling Green Park and Battery Park (The Battery), among other sites and buildings.

It is a tour that makes you enjoy Lower Manhattan and all it has to offer. It is important to be prepared to walk for approximately two hours with your eyes wide open and attentive to what the specialized guide will tell you throughout the tour.

Details of interest

  • Price: can cost up to 35 €.
  • Duration: approximately 2 hours.
  • Means of transport: there are several bus, train and subway lines to reach the meeting point.
  • Advantages of this option: Tour different sites of interest in a single visit on foot.
  • Disadvantages of this option: A 2-hour walk for which you should be prepared with comfortable shoes.

Book a tour of Lower Manhattan and Wall Street

4. New York sightseeing combination: Wall Street and the Statue of Liberty

View of the Statue of Liberty from the cruise ship| ©William Warby
View of the Statue of Liberty from the cruise ship| ©William Warby

If there is one thing that comes to mind when talking about New York, it is the view of the Statue of Liberty. Therefore, you can't miss the chance to see it on a tour that also combines a visit to the most famous financial sector in the world, Wall Street.

These tours usually coordinate visits to these two sites (in some cases, they also include an excursion to the 9/11 Memorial) as follows.

First, a walking tour of Wall Street with an expert guide and then a ferry ride to the Statue of Liberty Island where you can enjoy incredible views of the city, the statue and the island.

Continue with a tour of the Statue of Liberty Museum to learnin detail about the history of the statue, the people who were involved in the project and the historical artifacts housed there.

Details of interest

  • Price: from 55 €.
  • Duration: between 4 and 5 hours.
  • Means of transportation: The tour is on foot and also uses a ferry to get to Liberty Island.
  • Advantages of this option: A sightseeing tour that combines two or three of the most important tourist sites in New York.
  • Disadvantages of this option: It is essential that you allocate several hours for this tour, so you may not be able to do another one during the same day.

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5. Discover the hidden treasure of Wall Street

Federal Reserve Bank of New York| ©Reading Tom
Federal Reserve Bank of New York| ©Reading Tom

This visit to Wall Street and its surroundings is very popular. The popularity is due to the fact that the Federal Reserve Bank of New York provides tours of some of the floors of this institution such as its museum and the amazing rooms where everyday financial and business transactions are conducted.

The most exciting attraction of the tour is the moment when visitors reach the bank's vault (an almost movie-like image) built of steel and concrete.

Occasionally, some of the treasures stored there (e.g., gold bars or at least part of them) can be seen. Undoubtedly one of the most impressive tours of Wall Street, don't miss this tour!

If you are interested in taking the tour, you need to book your ticket on the official website of the bank (section ) 30 days in advance and be at the meeting point (the entrance of the building) 30 minutes before the tour starts.

Interesting details

  • Price: free entrance.
  • Duration: approximately 1 hour.
  • Means of transportation: there are several bus, train and subway lines to reach the meeting point.
  • Advantages of this option: You will get to the famed vault where more than $160 billion in gold is stored and learn the details of the economic history of the United States.
  • Disadvantages of this option: It is done only once a day and the security measures to enter are quite strict.

6. Wall Street tour on the most recent financial crisis

Streets of Wall Street| ©Dave Center
Streets of Wall Street| ©Dave Center

Wall Street has experienced several major financial crises throughout the history of New York and the world. These crises have not only affected one city or one country, but have had profound consequences on five continents.

Therefore, if you decide to learn a little more about the last crisis, a financial expert guide will take you on a journey through the (between 2008 and 2009) and the consequences it had.

The tour is on foot and the visit starts from a meeting point that is usually set at one of the entrances to Wall Street.

One of the most attractive parts of the tour is when the guide explains the reasons for the crisis and how it was brewing. A perfect balance between technical information explained in a simple way and international history.

Details of interest

  • Price: from 57 €.
  • Duration: approximately 2 hours.
  • Means of transportation: there are different bus, train and subway lines to get to the meeting point.
  • Advantages of this option: You will have access to detailed and specialized information about the financial crisis that began in 2008 while touring Wall Street.
  • Disadvantages of this option: May be cancelled due to bad weather conditions.

7. Tour on Alexander Hamilton and tour of Wall Street

Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House Building| ©ajay_suresh
Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House Building| ©ajay_suresh

This tour includes a tour of Wall Street with stops at the buildings of the most influential institutions in world finance. It usually begins at the statue of the Wall Street Bull and continues to the Stock Exchange and other highlights.

This is followed by a walk in the historic footsteps of . A unique tour with a wealth of information about this Founding Father of the United States with new details about his life and legacy.

Details of Interest

  • Price: from 37 €.
  • Duration: 2 hours.
  • Means of transport: there are bus, train and subway lines to reach the meeting point.
  • Advantages of this option: Tour Wall Street and visit the historical sites related to Alexander Hamilton in one tour.
  • Disadvantages of this option: Be prepared to receive a considerable amount of financial and historical information for 2 hours.

See other historical landmarks on Wall Street

Federall Hall| ©Jared625
Federall Hall| ©Jared625

Very close to Wall Street there are more buildings and monuments that are almost an obligation to visit. In fact, several of them are free to enter and the visit can be fleeting (for example, Federall Hall and the Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House).

One of the most important buildings for the U. S. is the . Today it is a national monument and a reminder of the function it once had: to have been the first capitol (the current building and museum is not the first to be built for that purpose). Admission is free and the guided tour takes only a few minutes.

The Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House was the former Customs House. It has been restored and refurbished. Its interior is very beautiful and highlights the sculptures and paintings of artists of the time (early twentieth century). It currently houses the Museum of the American Indians (New York branch).

This museum surprises most visitors to Wall Street and you will be no exception. It is important to visit it as it is a pleasure to discover the historic building that houses it and the museum's exhibits.

Why do you recommend a Wall Street tour?

Wall Street Station| ©Michael Gallagher
Wall Street Station| ©Michael Gallagher

It is possible that the most classic art lovers will not find monuments or buildings that interest them, but a tour of Wall Street means to know the street with more influence in the world economy, that is, in the life of each person.

In addition, contemplating each of the buildings where financial activities take place and listening to the guide's explanations can help to better understand that influence.

Finally, Wall Street can also be considered as one of the must-see locations for series and movies in New York.