If you're interested in learning more about Lower Manhattan's amazing history, but don't want an in-depth, long tour, this is the tour for you! Our new, 90-minute tour is just right for cold days or for those who want a lighter tour of the city's early historic sights.
We've taken the most popular stops on all of our tours and combined them into one.
- Visit the sights of colonial protests against the Crown and learn about some of the city's most active leaders.
- Learn about the Revolutionary War soldiers buried in the historic graveyards, where they fought and how they lived.
- Stand in the church where the nation's first Presidential inaugural service was held.
- Walk along Wall Street one of the city's most historic streets. The NY Stock Exchange isn't its only famous landmark.
- We'll see America's first continental-style restaurant, opened in 1827, and hear about the regular who became one of the most controversial figures of the Civil War Era.
- Scattered throughout the tour are the nation's first skyscrapers, architectural and technological wonders of their time, as well as exquisitely beautiful 1880's terracotta art.
- Do I have to purchase tickets in advance? Can I pay cash?
- Tickets must be purchased in advance, and tours often sell out quickly. To maximize your chances of getting the day and time you prefer, please book well in advance. Tickets can only be purchased with a Visa or Mastercard. Cash is not accepted.
- Are there restrooms along the way?
- There is a Starbucks near the start and end of the tour as well as public restrooms in St. Paul's Chapel and Trinity Church.
- Is this tour wheelchair and stroller accessible?
- Yes. However, keep in mind that during the week the area we walk through is often crowded with people and traffic. If you are not comfortable in these conditions it would be better to take the tour on a Saturday, if possible.
- Are there places to sit and rest?
- Yes. We stop in a number of locations that have benches. You can sit and relax while you listen to the guide.
- What happens if it rains or snows?
- The tour runs rain or shine, but does not run in severe weather. If we are forced to cancel the tour due to inclement weather, you will be able to reschedule to another date or receive credit for a future event.
- Where does the tour end?
- The tour ends at Battery Park. From there you can get on the subway, take the ferry to Staten Island, Ellis Island or Liberty Island, or get on the Gray Line Sightseeing bus. South Street Seaport and Battery Park City are only a short distance away, with plenty of restaurants, cafes and places to grab a snack.
- Will there be opportunities to get a beverage or a snack while on the tour?
- Yes. We stop in a number of areas where there are street vendors. You're welcome to try the cart fare during those stops.
- Can I ask questions?
- Yes! Questions are always welcome. Ask away.
- Is picture taking allowed in St. Paul's Chapel and Trinity Church?
- Yes, except when a service is in progress.
- Are private tours available?
- While private tours can be arranged, most people enjoy the public tours even more! If you have a particular area of interest, just let us know while booking your ticket, and we'll likely be able to talk about that subject on the tour, for the enjoyment of the whole group. If you are interested in booking a private tour, please email us by clicking on the "Contact PatriotTours" link.
(Our guides are licensed by the NYC Department of Consumer Affairs and have passed the required Sightseeing Guide Exam.)