Wall Street is one of the most famous streets in New York City, thanks to movies such as The Wolf of Wall Street. It’s also the center of the Financial District in New York City, home to the New York Stock Exchange and Federal Hall. Find out if a trip to Wall Street should be on your must-do list, who should visit, how much time to budget, and reasons why you should skip this NYC icon.
Why You Should Visit Wall Street
Iconic: The epicenter of the Financial District and the home of the New York Stock Exchange, Wall Street offers a glimpse into the world of NYC trading.
Architectural: Several of New York City’s most famous structures, including Trinity Church, Federal Hall, the New York Stock Exchange, and 40 Wall Street stand within a one-block radius on or near Wall Street.
Kid Friendly: Kids love taking photos with the George Washington statue and checking out the Federal Hall museum.
Historic: The original border of the Dutch fort, Wall Street was named after the wall that once protected the Dutch West Indies Company. The street is chock-full of historic structures and stories.
Cinematic: Movies like Ghost, Batman, and National Treasure have all been filmed on Wall Street. Check out a more comprehensive list!
Fashion/Shopping: Though it’s not THE Tiffany’s store, there’s an outpost of Audrey Hepburn’s favorite happy place on Wall Street. There’s also a TJ Maxx nearby.
Like a Local: You’ll pass plenty of locals on their way to work on Wall Street. Head to nearby Stone Street for lunch or happy hour to rub elbows with stockbrokers and bankers.
Cost to Visit Wall Street/Money Savers: Free!
Wall Street, Charging Bull, and Federal Hall are all free to visit. You can even get a glimpse inside 40 Wall Street by heading up the escalators to one of the most impressive Duane Reades in the city.
How Much Time Should I Spend on Wall Street?/Time Savers:
Fly-By: 15 minutes. You can easily spend around 15 minutes on Wall Street taking photos of George, checking out the original wooden posts that give Wall Street its name, and doing selfies in front of the stock exchange.
In-Depth: 60 minutes will get you through the entire self-guided tour and allow plenty of time to check out Federal Hall.
Hot Tip!: Take my self-guided tour of Wall Street for a quick overview and some invaluable insight.
Need to Know:
- During rush hour (before 10 AM and after 3 PM), Wall Street is crowded with commuter traffic. Please do locals a favor and don’t step in front of them for that perfect photo when they are running to make it to work on time.
- Sorry, you can’t take a tour of the stock exchange (or even go inside for that matter).
- Charging Bull, though commonly associated with Wall Street, isn’t on Wall Street at all. Arturo DiModica’s famous statue is actually around the corner across from 26 Broadway.
Why You Should Skip:
I recommend doing at least the fly-by if you’ve never been to Wall Street. It takes very little time to walk down the short cobblestone street and snap a few photos.
When to Go to Wall Street:
After 10 AM, before 3 PM, or after 7 PM to avoid rush hour foot traffic.
How to Get to Wall Street:
Walking: Wall Street is very close to the southern tip of Manhattan Island. If you’re staying north of Wall Street (which you probably are if you’re in Manhattan), walk south on Broadway until you get to Wall Street (on your left).
Subway: You can get directly to Wall Street via the 2, 3, 4, or 5 trains (get off at the Wall Street stop). Or, take the R train to Rector Street.
Taxi/Car: Taxis and cars cannot drive down Wall Street, so take one to the corner of Broadway and Wall (you can just tell the driver to drop you off at Trinity Church) instead.
Bus: If you’re coming in from New Jersey, you can take the Route 9 Academy Bus to Wall Street. Or, take the NYC QM7 to Wall Street if you don’t mind a slow and steady ride.
Related Attractions/Other Ways to See:
Helicopter Ride: The only alternative way to see Wall Street is via helicopter. Even from the air, you won’t get as great a view as you would by foot.
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