Have an itch to spend the day exploring one of New York City’s many neighborhoods? Here’s our suggestion for a route that will take you to the 5 must-visit spots in the Financial District.
We’ll begin the day in the South Street Seaport District. This historic district and commercial area is a great place to grab breakfast and enjoy views of the Brooklyn Bridge. As you explore the area, make sure you check out the Titanic Memorial Lighthouse, South Street Seaport Museum, and the Wavertree, a 325-foot ship built in 1885 that has circled the world dozens of times. The recent addition of the Wavertree in 2016 replaces the Peking, a German ship that has been docked in the Seaport pier since 1974.
2. Wall Street
Head south until you hit Wall Street, the iconic area known as the center of America’s financial industry. Here you’ll find Federal Hall and the New York Stock Exchange, characterized by its neoclassical exterior and six Corinthian columns. Further south on Broadway is the 7000-pound Charging Bull sculpture, a classic photo op to share with friends and family.
Next stop is the Stone Street Historic District, a quaint cobble-stone street with lots of character. The street is closed to vehicle traffic, making it the perfect place to wander around and explore its historic buildings, fantastic restaurants, and fun bars.
4. Battery Park
Venture to the southernmost tip of Manhattan to find beautiful Battery Park, a grassy respite located right along the water. Enjoy views of the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, Governor’s Island, and Jersey City, or even take the free ferry down to Staten Island.
Finally, we’ll head back up north to check out the World Trade Center. A beautiful tribute to the lives lost on Sept. 11, 2001, there now exists a September 11 Memorial & Museum, twin fountains at the footprint of the old towers at Ground Zero, and of course the glossy new Freedom Tower, currently the tallest building in New York City. End the day by returning to the Chambers Street subway station and walk through the Oculus, a stunning structure and retail mall that cost $4 billion to build.