Historic Lower Manhattan: Forging a Metropolis
Walk in the footsteps of George Washington, Alexander Hamilton & others on this broad-reaching tour of today’s Financial District.
Come tread in the footsteps of American legends like Alexander Hamilton and George Washington! Winding our way through the twisted streets and remaining colonial past, this tour will explore just how New Amsterdam actually did become New York, and how New York lost Congress, but gained Wall Street. From the 1624 “purchase” of Manhattan through the American Revolution, Washington’s inauguration, the building of a new nation to the rise of skyscrapers, this tour brings the founding of our nation, and city, back to life. Stops could include: Trinity Church and churchyard, Federal Hall, Fraunces Tavern, the New-York Stock Exchange, and sites associated with 18th-century slave uprisings, Alexander Hamilton, George Washington, and Peter Stuyvesant.
Big Onion happily accepts walk up participants. However, many Big Onion customers prefer to pay in advance. Prepayment also helps us determine group size and appropriate guide numbers.
To preregister and pay for your tour, click the “Book Now” button. You will receive an e-mail confirmation and receipt once your order has been processed.
We regard a senior as 65+ years and a student anyone enrolled in full-time study. Please bring ID indicating senior status (i.e. age) and/or full-time active enrollment.
Refund Policy: Tour refunds (minus a $1 processing charge per person) are available by request up until 48 hours prior to the scheduled tour. Cancellations less than 48 hours prior to the tour or no shows will not be refunded. If Big Onion cancels a walk for any reason a full refund will be provided (please see our rain/inclement weather policy on the FAQ page for more information about tour cancellations).
Between mid-May and early September the Historic Lower Manhattan tour is one of a variety of walks offered as public “twilight” tours. Summer public “twilight” tours are lead Thursday and Friday evenings & Saturday’s at 6 p.m. We rotate a variety of tours in these time slots. Please see our Schedule page for details for specific dates and times.