NYC's ONLY Daily Revolutionary Era Walking Tour!
- Learn about NYC's Dutch beginnings and about its strategic significance in 1776.
- Hear about the feuding factions and political intrigues that pit neighbor against neighbor, patriot against loyalist.
- Listen to stories about real people, like the Sons of Liberty, and what one of their leaders did to become a local hero.
- Meet the Wicked Triumverate, the Odious Six, and the newspaper publishers who fanned the flames on both sides
As we walk, we'll pause along the route, taking time to imagine the city as it was in the 1770s, bustling with commerce and filled with the sounds and smells of different cultures. We’ll talk about some of the larger than life New Yorkers and how the things they did then laid the foundation for the kind of city we have today. And we won't forget the British officers and the colonial agents who spied on them!
To bring it all to life you’ll see samples of newspapers and broadsides and pictures depicting the places and events we’ll discuss.
- Do I need to purchase a ticket for my child?
- Yes. The tour is not recommended for young children. The 2 1/2 hour length is often too long or the content too complex to understand. You are the best judge of what is appropriate. You're welcome to bring babies at no charge. Don't forget a stroller!
- How much walking is involved? Is it a fast-paced tour?
- Of the total tour time, 2 1/2 hours, less than 1 hour is spent walking. We move at a moderate pace and stop in many places that have benches to sit and rest.
- Are there restrooms along the way?
- Yes. Please ask your guide to point them out if needed.
- 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.
- Is this tour wheelchair- and stroller-accessible?
- Yes. 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 weekend, if possible.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Can we use building lobbies for shelter on cold days?
- Unfortunately, due to post 9/11 security procedures in Lower Manhattan, building lobbies are not open to the public. Please keep this in mind when dressing for your tour.
- 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 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.
- 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.
(Our guides are licensed by the NYC Department of Consumer Affairs and have passed the required Sightseeing Guide Exam.)