Get a financial perspective of NYC on one of the many curated Wall Street and New York Stock Exchange Tours. If the sound of a ringing bell makes your palm itch with excitement, then a tour of the Wall Street might be just up your alley! At the opening bell, check out the stock exchange, the famous Charging Bull statue, the Fearless Girl statue, and other Wall Street attractions. Or you can explore Trinity Church, Federal Hall National Memorial, and Trump Tower! And you’ll find no shortage of fun-filled, insightful tours of Wall Street. Why not take the Wall Street Insider Tour and learn the lesser-known facts about Wall Street’s history?!
Did you know that Wall Street is so named because it runs along with the former site of a defensive wall created by the Dutch colonists back when New York was called New Amsterdam?
Very few people know that the New York Stock Exchange was originally called the New York Stock & Exchange Board. Its current name was adopted in 1863. What is now the New York Stock Exchange was actually founded under a tree. In 1792, twenty-four stockbrokers signed the “Buttonwood Agreement” underneath a Buttonwood tree on Wall Street and Pearl Street.
The first actual bank to open its doors on Wall Street was the Bank of New York. Founded by Alexander Hamilton, it was also the first stock listed on the New York Stock & Exchange Board. Believe it or not, Aaron Burr, who infamously killed Hamilton in a duel, was also a founder.
The best time to visit is late spring through early fall. Summer is the most popular time, but it is also the season with massive crowds. The shoulder seasons of May-June and September-October might just offer the perfect balance of decent weather and easy accessibility. In terms of the time of day, lunchtime on Wall Street is interesting. You can watch stockbrokers and hedge fund managers running out to grab a quick bite before hurriedly running back to work for that next big transaction. Similarly, you can experience the extreme hustle and bustle of Wall Street just before the stock market’s opening bell and right after the closing bell.
Getting to Wall Street is simple! If you wish to take the subway, then you should hop on the 2/3 or 4/5 lines and alight at the Wall Street station. Those wishing to take the bus can simply hop on the M55, which basically makes a loop through the heart of Manhattan, stopping at Wall Street twice during each circuit. Taxis are an option too, but traffic can be unbearable at times and fares are steep. Another oft-overlooked option is simply walking. If you are already in Manhattan, you’d probably be surprised to learn how short the walk to Wall Street is. Everything in New York is packed closely together, so you can walk, see some of the top attractions along the way, and get a better feel for life on the streets.
You can learn about the Financial Crisis of 2008 with the Wall Street Financial Crisis Walking Tour, explore the famous Battery Park, pay a visit to the Trinity Church, take walk to Stone Street, or take a 9/11 Memorial tour.
The top New York attractions near New York Stock Exchange include the Statue of Liberty, the 9/11 Museum, the Empire State Building, One World Trade Center, the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), the Rockefeller Center, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
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