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Stone Street Historic District Tours and Activities

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Stone Street Historic District
Tucked into downtown Manhattan’s southern tip, the Stone Street Historic District is one of New York City’s oldest areas, with roots dating to the city’s days as a Dutch settlement in the 17th century. Today, visitors head to the restored quarter for a night out at one of its many fashionable restaurants and taverns.
 
The Basics 
Bordered on three sides by Battery Park, Broadway, and Wall Street, the Stone Street Historic District covers Stone Street’s two sections and environs. Named after the stone cobbles originally laid in 1658, traffic-free Stone Street lies in the district’s center and is flanked by 19th-century lofts and warehouses, many converted into eateries. When the weather allows, bench-style tables fill the street, creating a buzzing outdoor dining haunt.

Along with sights such as the 9/11 Memorial and Chinatown, Stone Street is featured on many downtown Manhattan and Wall Street walking tours. Travelers seeking extra historical flavor can explore the area with costumed actor-guides who chart the evolution of the Financial District. Or, opt for an Alexander Hamilton–themed walk that spotlights locations linked to the 18th-century statesman, the inspiration behind the hit musical Hamilton.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • The Stone Street Historic District is a must for history, architecture, and food enthusiasts.
  • The district consists of Stone Street and neighboring Pearl Street, South William Street, and Coenties Alley.
  • The area is accessible to wheelchairs and strollers.
 
How to Get There
The easiest way to reach Stone Street is by subway—get off at Whitehall Street, a short stroll away. Alternatively, if you’re on Broadway, catch the #X28 bus from Broadway/Broome Street to Battery Place/Greenwich Street, and make the 7-minute walk from there. Drivers will find several paid parking garages in the vicinity, with the nearest on South William Street.

When to Get There
To rub elbows with financial workers on break, visit Stone Street on a weekday, during lunchtime or in the early evening. Or go on a weekend, when sightseers take over. Summer is always busy, but the district is especially charming in winter, when the occasional snowfall adds to the atmosphere.
 
Dive Into the Stone Street Oyster Festival
Every September or October, Stone Street stages a daylong oyster festival as part of New York’s Oyster Week. The cobbled street fills with bar and restaurant stands serving freshly shucked oysters, fish-and-chips, pints of beer, and Champagne, drawing foodies and fun-lovers well into the evening.
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9 Tours and Activities to Experience Stone Street Historic District

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Wall Street Tour: The Rise of New York

Wall Street Tour: The Rise of New York

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The story of New York City is rooted in the history of the Financial District, from the founding fathers to the global financial industry, and everything in between. Unpack the rich history of this area on a private walking tour, with your own personal guide to regale you with stories. You can stroll Wall Street to learn about the stock market, check out landmarks like the Charging Bull and Trinity Church, and even see the World Trade Center Memorial—all with your guide leading the way.
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  • 2 hours
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New York: Alexander Hamilton's Haunts and Hangouts Tour

New York: Alexander Hamilton's Haunts and Hangouts Tour

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Alexander Hamilton spent much of his life in New York City, and many locations tied to his personal and public life can still be visited—if you know where to look. With this walking tour, explore the city through the eyes of a Founding Father. Hear stories about his life and death as you explore Zuccotti Park, the New York Stock Exchange, and Wall Street, as well as Hamilton’s tomb and favorite bar.
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  • 2 hours
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Private September 11 Memorial and Wall Street Tour with Pedestal Access to the Statue of Liberty

Private September 11 Memorial and Wall Street Tour with Pedestal Access to the Statue of Liberty

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This private tour allows you to see some of New York's most important sites in just 2.5 hours. With your dedicated guide, walk through downtown Manhattan, visit the 9/11 Memorial, and get pedestal access to the Statue of Liberty. This private tour ensures flexibility and personalized attention from your guide. Priority-access round-trip ferry tickets are included.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Small-Group Downtown, 911 Memorial Tour with Statue of Liberty Pedestal Access

Small-Group Downtown, 911 Memorial Tour with Statue of Liberty Pedestal Access

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Prebook and save time by combining a tour of Downtown Manhattan, the 9/11 Memorial, and the Statue of Liberty. See where Manhattan began, at Fort Amsterdam. Visit Bowling Green Park and the famous Charging Bull. Finally, walk through the space of the former World Trade Center, where the tragic events of 9/11 took place, and then take a ferry ride to Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty, featuring pedestal access tickets.
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Hamilton Live!

Hamilton Live!

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Unlike other Manhattan walking tours, this unique tour allows you to see New York City through Alexander Hamilton's eyes. Follow your guide, a professional historical reenactor in character as Hamilton, around Manhattan as he points out Trinity Church, City Hall, and other landmarks familiar to him from his time in colonial New York. A great choice for history buffs—this tour is easy to fit into any busy schedule.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Lower Manhattan Historic Walking Tour

Lower Manhattan Historic Walking Tour

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With a typical Lower Manhattan walking tour, you're stuck with your group, listening to just one guide as you explore. But to actually delve into New York's storied past, don't miss this three-part walking tour with the help of actor-guides. Enjoy actors portraying historical figures at three spots—across from Trinity Church, at Pier 15, and at the 9/11 Memorial. Best of all, you can hop off the tour and rejoin later, to make the most of your time.
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Lower Manhattan Tour: The Remnants of Dutch New Amsterdam!

Lower Manhattan Tour: The Remnants of Dutch New Amsterdam!

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Ditch your smartphone and guidebook to delve deeper into the history of New York City with a guide on this small-group walking tour. Stroll through Lower Manhattan—the site of the original 17th-century Dutch settlement known as New Amsterdam—and unravel its history and evolution as you visit its historical locations. See Wall Street, Bowling Green, and more; and hear tales and insight about the early city that many miss.
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  • 2 hours
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Private New York City Historic Downtown and Wall Street Walking Tour Including 911 Memorial

Private New York City Historic Downtown and Wall Street Walking Tour Including 911 Memorial

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See downtown Manhattan with ease and efficiency on a private walking tour that hits the area’s top landmarks, including Battery Park, Wall Street, Alexander Hamilton’s gravesite, and the 9/11 Memorial. The private tour ensures the full and undivided attention of your guide, whose presence allows you to absorb the sights without the stress of navigating on your own.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
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The Counter Cultural Tour of NYC

The Counter Cultural Tour of NYC

(STILL OPEN FOR OPERATION IN THE MIDST OF CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK, please book 3 weeks in advance. Open Tuesday-Wednesday) This tour is presented by a 5th generation local who was twice featured in the New York Times for tour guiding. On this tour we will explore the zany and unusual history of how New York City became the unofficial capital of the world that it is today. From peg legged Dutch governors, to pirates, to slave revolts, and riots -- we discuss the history that often gets passed up on in favor of more mainstream subjects. If you are looking for something that is off kilter, this is the tour for you!
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