Revolutionary Era Walking Tour of Lower Manhattan

Patriot Tours

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Walk through historic lower Manhattan with us. Our guide will weave a vivid and compelling tale of NYC life in the 1770s.

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
Along the way we'll visit these historic landmarks: St. Paul's Chapel, John Street Methodist Church, Federal Hall National Monument, Trinity Church, Bowling Green, Fraunces Tavern and Battery Park.

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.

Meeting Location

Downtown - Near City Hall and the Brooklyn Bridge (New York, NY) (Exact meeting location details will be provided immediately upon purchase of tickets.)


664 Reviews Rating: 4.9 4.9 out of 5.0
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Rating: 5
Great tour
Lkpcmp Mon, Oct 20  10:00 AM Female 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Other
Toured with my daughter. We both enjoy learning about history. This was our last event in a history filled weekend and we definitely saved the best for last! Karen ( our tour guide) was informative, entertaining and brought the Revolutionary era alive for all of us. If there were 6 stars I would have given them to this tour !
Rating: 5
Bring the past to life with The Patriot Tour NYC
samandmartin Sat, Oct 18  12:00 PM Female 60-69 Local Individual
Loved the guide - totally into the subject, organized, engaging and delightful. Well worth the time and money!
Rating: 5
Had a blast!
ludicrs4 Sat, Oct 18  12:00 PM Male 30-39 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
The tour was absolutely fantastic. My wife and I attended the tour and learned so much about the life and times of NYC during the Revolutionary War time period. The tour was great, and would recommend it in a second to anyone that is interested in this country's history. Our tour guide was, by far, one of the best we've ever had. She kept us engaged the whole time and showed us that the best parts of history never make it to the textbooks. Great tour!
Rating: 5
Very informative and entertaining
hw1100orders Thu, Oct 9  12:00 PM Female 30-39 Local Family Without Children
Karen is the best tour guide. She is loaded with fascinating stories of the characters of the Revolutionary War time. It was a pleasure being on her tour.
Rating: 5
eldrip1 Thu, Oct 2  12:00 PM Female 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Group of Friends
Karen is very prepared, has an extraordinary knowledge of Manhattan in the Rebolutionary era and also the history of Manhattan in general. Very pleasurable and enlightening tour.
Rating: 5
MariaCarver Wed, Oct 1  10:00 AM Female 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
Karen was quite the historian - very knowledgeable about the era. She could answer any questions. The time flew by.
Rating: 5
American history comes alive
SallySHanley Mon, Sep 29  10:00 AM Female 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Couple on a Date
Karen was enthusiastic and well-prepared. Very enjoyable.
Rating: 5
Highly recommended!
AlbertPerry Thu, Sep 18  12:00 PM Male 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Couple on a Date
I've been wanting to take this tour for several rears, and I was not even remotely disappointed. There were just two of us, a friend and myself. Karen, the guide, displayed an encyclopedic knowledge of all aspects of the AR, and her energy and enthusiasm were commendable. She held our attention for nearly three solid hours. As all the other reviews indicate, this is a walking tour not to be missed if your interests include the AR and the early history of NYC. Bring your walking shoes!
Rating: 5
Excellent tour!
mcolborn Mon, Sep 1  10:00 AM Male 60-69 International Tourist(s) Group of Friends
We were lucky to visit Revolutionary NY with Karen on Labor Day, when Lower Manhattan was pretty quiet. Karen is an enthusiastic, very well-informed guide who really made the period come alive. We learned a lot and had a very interesting morning. We would recommend this tour and do their Civil War tour in the future.
Rating: 5
Awesome Revolutionary Walking Tour
robind Fri, Aug 29  10:00 AM Female 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Couple on a Date
Our Revolutionary Era Walking tour of Lower Manhattan by Karen, of Colonial Tours, was wonderful. Very informative, lively and engaging. Karen has vast knowledge of the geography and history of the area, which she delivers in an entertaining manner. The picture that Karen paints is vivid, bringing to life the people from the past who made New York, and our country what it is today. I would definitely recommend this tour to anyone with an interest in early American History.
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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.


Patriot Tours

Patriot Tours, Inc. specializes in daily historic tours that focus on specific eras of New York City's past. We have been conducting tours since Spring, 2005. Meticulous research is done for all of our tours. Every event is true and every person is real. Stories are taken from newspaper and eyewitness accounts, as well as historic texts. Our research is ongoing so that we may continue to refine and improve our tours.

(Our guides are licensed by the NYC Department of Consumer Affairs and have passed the required Sightseeing Guide Exam.)
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