6 NYC Attractions in the Financial District for the History Buff

A trip to lower Manhattan needs to be on every visitor’s list when headed to NYC. There are many NYC attractions in the Financial District that have a historic significance to both the city of New York and the country. If you’re headed downtown, and history was your favorite subject in school, check out these 6 NYC attractions in the Financial District.

New York Stock Exchange

Located on Wall Street, the New York Stock Exchange draws visitors from all over the world. This high-tech space is home to one of the world’s leading financial markets. Inside, you will find the trading floor, as well as 21 rooms used for the facilitation of trading. Unfortunately, the NYSE is closed to visitors unless you have a permit.

Federal Hall National Memorial

Located on Wall Street, diagonal from the NYSE, this building is often referred to as the Birthplace of American Government. Built in 1700, it was the first Capitol building under the Constitution and the site where George Washington was sworn into office in 1789. The original building was demolished in 1812, and then the Federal Hall National Memorial was built in 1842.

Trinity Church

This active Episcopal church is located on Broadway, at the end of Wall Street. The third and current Trinity Church began construction in 1839, and opened in 1846. The burial grounds, Trinity Churchyard, are where you will find the graves of Alexander Hamilton, William Bradford, and other notable figures in American history. The church offers a full schedule of prayer and services throughout the week.

Charging Bull

Located on Broadway next to Bowling Green, this bronze sculpture that was originally a piece of guerrilla art has become a permanent piece of the Financial District, and a popular tourist attraction. The oversized statue weighs in at 7,100 pounds. The bull is a symbol of financial optimism and prosperity, or a booming economy.

One World Trade Center

Open since October 2014, this shining beacon of the New Downtown is the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere. Often referred to as the Freedom Tower by many New Yorkers, the One World Trade Center stands at 1,776 feet tall, the same year as our nation’s independence. Head 100 floors up to the One World Observatory, or dine in the restaurant on floor 101.

9/11 Memorial

Before the 9/11 Memorial, see The Ground Zero Museum Workshop, Winner of Trip Advisor’s “Top 25 Museums in the USA” Award and showcases 100 Images + Artifacts from the 9/11 “Recovery Period” at Ground Zero. BOSE Audio Stories in Italian, French, English and Spanish. Known as the “Kid-Friendly” 9/11 Museum where guests can also pick up and hold rare artifacts. Non-graphic in nature and suitable for children. Images by the FDNY Official Photographer at Ground Zero. On display are “Rare Photos” (NY TIMES) of the famed “Bible Page” – the “Frozen Clock” – K-9 Recovery Dogs and more. 90-minutes. Meatpacking District near Chelsea Market Eateries.

Open Hours:

Monday and Tuesday: CLOSED

These NYC attractions in the Financial District are sure to keep any history buff visiting NYC entertained.

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