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Join our small group walking tour to explore where New York began! Learn about the founding myths and facts while standing in the very spots where they all happened. Trace the streets of Manhattan in 1667 with New York City's first map in hand, and discover the many hidden Dutch relics south of Wall Street.

đź‘€ See the remains of Manhattan's first City Hall

🗺️ Trace the streets of Manhattan in 1667 with Manhattan's first map in hand

đź’ˇ Learn about New York's founding myths and facts from an expert guide

🏰 Discover the original Dutch fort, windmill, and battery


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Any restrictions to participate?

  • Age: All age groups are welcome.
  • Physical limitations: This tour is easy and most people can participate.

Who can you accommodate for?

  • Children: All participants must pay to participate, children included.
  • Individuals with disabilities: This tour is ADA accessible, just let us know what assistance you may need at the time of booking.
  • Pets: Sorry, no pets allowed.

What to expect on the day of the experience?

  • Duration: 2 Hours
  • What’s included:
    • Walk lower Manhattan’s original coast line
    • See the remains of Manhattan’s first City Hall
    • Discover the original Dutch fort, wind mill and battery
    • Trace the streets of Manhattan in 1667 with Manhattan’s first map in hand
    • Physically touch history as we spend time finding out how Bowling Green got its name
    • Ear pieces are provided to each guests, ensuring everyone hears the guide perfectly, even from a distance!
  • Who will be present: You will have a guide with you at all times; also, other guests may be joining (up to 15 people).
  • Spectators: No spectators are allowed, everyone must have a ticket/reservations.
  • Photo/ video: You may take your own photos.

How to prepare?

  • Weather dependency: This tour will be running rain or shine.
  • Arrival: Plan to arrive 20 minutes in advance.
  • Parking: It is recommended to take the subway to the meeting location (4, 5 trains to Bowling Green; 1 train to South Ferry; R, W trains to Whitehall)
  • What to wear: Good walking shoes
  • What to bring: Your phone, wallet, and water bottle are recommended.
  • Restrooms/ lockers/ changing rooms: Restrooms may be available but are not guaranteed. Please use any facilities before the tour begins.

Full description

Are you curious about the origins of New York City? Join our small group walking tour and discover where it all began! Led by an expert guide from our New York team, you'll hear about New York's founding myths and facts while standing in the very spots where they all happened.
We'll start by tracing the streets of Manhattan in 1667 with New York City's first map in hand. As we explore the area, you'll discover the many hidden Dutch relics south of Wall Street. Physically touch history as we spend time finding out how Bowling Green got its name and why it's been so important in our city's history!
Among the many relics you will experience on this tour are the foundations of New York City's first City Hall (which was also a tavern!), the long-forgotten oyster pastry cannon, the original battery wall, and so much more!
Don't miss out on the opportunity to see where New York City began and learn about the city's fascinating history!

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Barry E

Mandy, the tour leader, was the perfect guide for this tour. She provided informative and entertaining commentary, and shared many interesting tidbits, even for a native New Yorker like myself.

Kelly R

Our Guide, Mandy Edgecombe, was simply incredible! Not only is she a phenomenal historian and storyteller, but she also made the Dutch roots of New York come alive for us. As a native of the Bronx/Brooklyn, I thoroughly enjoyed touring parts of the city that we usually take for granted. Mandy was funny, personable, and willing to answer all of our questions. After the tour, we revisited the different historical markers and even went to Fraunces Tavern. We enjoyed the tour so much that we purchased a copy of The Island at the Center of the World when we got home and look forward to learning more. Untapped New York tours (and emails) are worth every penny!

Bonnie R

I would like to express my appreciation for Ms. Mandy Edgecombe's extensive knowledge of historic Dutch New York and its predecessors. Her infectious enthusiasm for the subject and good-natured sense of humor made for an enjoyable experience. Ms. Mandy worked with ease across the wide age range of our group, which included a NYC 4th grader and his family, who were visiting to view their virtual social studies curriculum in person, as well as our elder Dutch Masters-styled foursome. Although the buildings from that period no longer exist, and the only remnants are the in-ground cisterns and the pieces of the wall from the old fortifications in the South Ferry subway station, Ms. Mandy vividly brought to life the muddy and mercantile lifestyle that dominated that period of our city's history. We are grateful to have had her with us and look forward to more of her expertise. She was well worth the wampum!