New York Growing Up: Lower Manhattan and Midtown Guided Walking Tour in New York, NY

Babylon ToursBattery ParkNew York, NY 10004
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Overview

New York City has a storied history and during this semi-private guided tour you can learn all about it! Explore both Lower Manhattan and Midtown as you discover lesser known sites like Bowling Green as well as popular attractions such as the NYSE and Empire State Building. Along the way, you’ll not only see the sights but learn all about their importance in NYC’s evolution.

Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our New York Travel Experts
  • Semi-private tour with eight guests maximum.
  • Tour duration approximately 5.5 hours.
  • Learn about NYC, from its beginnings to now.

Description

from New York Growing Up: Lower Manhattan and Midtown Guided Walking Tour
Spend one short day visiting two of New York’s most unmissable districts – Lower Manhattan and Midtown. On this 5 to 5.5-hour private guided combo walking tour, you’ll discover the stories behind its colonial sites and skyscrapers that even most New Yorkers don’t know. Join your guide on a trip back in time that will reveal how The Big Apple has become the “City that Never Sleeps.”

During this tour, your enthusiastic guide will reveal historical sites including Bowling Green and Castle Clinton in Battery Park. They will introduce you to statesmen including George Washington and Alexander Hamilton at both Federal Hall and Trinity Church before fast-forwarding to the last century when the Charging Bull became the symbol for Wall Street and the NYSE. Discuss the clash of classic and modern architecture that creates New York’s distinct skyline before moving to modern times. You’ll learn the tragic tales lived by New Yorkers on 9/11 while visiting the official memorial as well as the firefighters’ memorial. The city has moved forward though, and the soaring Freedom Tower is the best example. Recently the Occupy Wall Street movement took over Zuccotti Park, demonstrating how the district is still a vital part of the city.

Then after a break for lunch, travel north to Midtown where your guide will help navigate the streets and landmarks that are part of the postcard-perfect New York that every visitor is seeking. Explore the lesser-known Marble Collegiate Church and then visit famed landmarks like the New York Public Library and the Morgan Library. Stroll through Madison Square Park and learn about the odd design of the Flatiron Building. Discuss the innovations that allowed the city to reach new heights during the skyscraper boom of the early 1900s. Learn about the Met Life Tower and the New York Life Building among other famous towers. Of course, you’ll hear all about the world-famous Empire State Building, one of the last great 20th century giants. Then have your camera ready to catch the commuters within the main terminal of Grand Central Station where you’ll learn about the landmark laws that preserve these beautiful historic buildings for future generations.

Highlights generally include (but are not limited to):

• Battery Park
• The Bull
• Wall Street
• 9/11 Memorial
• Flatiron Building
• MetLife Tower
• Appellate Courthouse
• Morgan Library
• New York Public Library
• Schwartzman Building
• Grand Central Station

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laurahatx
Austin, Texas, United States
"Great tour of “the bigs” of American Museum of Natural History"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 26, 2019 NEW
Robin Garr took us on a fabulous tour of the American Museum of Natural History in NYC. About 100 minutes hitting “the bigs” in the museum. Robin shared so much interesting information and we never could have seen so much in so little time without her. Outstanding!!
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alessandracT9301KH
Sao Paulo, SP
"Metropolitan Museum of Art Skip-the-Line Guided Tour - Semi-Private"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 17, 2019 NEW
Our guide Mark was great. Showed us the Met through a different perspective, not only historical, but also “artist’s eyes”. A dream come true experience!
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Sstagnit
Ohiopyle, Pennsylvania
"Great visit to Statue of Liberty and Ellis island"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 10, 2019 NEW
We had been to New York a number of times but had never been to the Statue of Liberty. We had done tours with Babylon in other cities and figured we would give it a try. It was a great experience. A small group (5 people) and a very knowledgeable leader Katherine. We learned a lot of things we had not known before and had a very enjoyable time. This is a tour that is very much worth the time.
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notathomeatthemoment
Greenland
"Brilliant!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed October 27, 2019
Mark was amazing—a brilliant ray of sunshine on a rain-soaked day. He’s incredibly knowledgeable and personable and made countless connections between what we were seeing and places in the city for us to look out for afterwards. His love the city is so obvious. Would love to go on more tours with him!
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Laurie48
San Diego, California
"Great private tour of the MET"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed October 26, 2019
We called Robin in the morning for our pre arranged private tour. We met in the lobby of the MET and Robin was a wonderful guide who was very knowledgable of art history. She was able to squeeze in as much as possible in the time we had together and we were grateful her ability to keep us on the move. There were three of us on this private tour and I would definitely recommend a private tour if you only have a half day.
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Frequently Asked Questions about New York Growing Up: Lower Manhattan and Midtown Guided Walking Tour


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What is your cancellation policy?
You can cancel for a full refund up to 72 hours before the tour start times. After that point, you can reschedule (if available) for a fee depending on the tour availability.

How long is the tour?
Tour duration is approximately 5 hrs.

What ages are allowed on the tour?
All ages are welcome.

Where do is the tour meeting point?  
It is located at Battery Park in New York, NY. The meeting point is inside Battery Park, on stairs opposite the entrance to Castle Clinton.

When does the tour start?
Tour starts at 10:30 AM, daily.

What does my admission fee include?
Included in the admission is a professional tour guide just for you; Break (Lunch/Coffee).

Do you operate rain or shine?
Whether it rains, snows or shines, we run our tours. We advise you to be dressed accordingly to the weather. Check the forecast before coming out of the hotel. And wear comfortable shoes.

Is transportation provided?
There is no pick-up or drop-off available. This includes Airport transfer/shuttle services. Each tour has some specific meeting points.

Can I take photos during the tour?
Photos are allowed.