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.)


690 Reviews Rating: 4.9 4.9 out of 5.0
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Last 3 months 7 17 0 = 17 100% 4.7
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Rating: 5
Rxcellent guide
Tue, May 19  12:00 PM Male 70+ Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
Rating: 4
Learned a lot!
Thu, Apr 16  12:00 PM Female 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Other
I enjoyed the tour and learned so much New York history. I can use this info to teach my fourth graders about Revolutionary War activities in New York. Karen was a great tour guide!
Rating: 5
Revolutional War and Culture of New York
Mon, Apr 13  10:00 AM Female 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Group of Friends
Karen was an outstanding guide. She knows the major and less well known historical details and how they impacted history very well. She also provided many visual aids and related them to current landmarks which was an intriguing aspect of the tour and one not usually included. She was flexible as we stopped to take pictures, ask questions and so on. I would enthusiastically recommend her as a guide who autographed her tour with excellence.
Rating: 4
very informative
Sat, Apr 11  12:00 PM Male 30-39 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
The tour was full of information and stories. Karen had good visual aides and showed a real passion for the revolutionary war history. The pace was good - not too fast for our 8 year old - and not too slow to be boring.
Rating: 5
Wonderful Tour!
Wed, Mar 25  10:00 AM Female 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
We had a wonderful experience with this tour! My husband, 18 year old son and I were first time tourists to NYC. We love history and really enjoyed the delightful stories and tour of lower Manhattan. We will take another tour from our guide again on our next trip to NYC.
Rating: 5
Memorable tour of early NYC!
Fri, Mar 20  10:00 AM Female 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Couple on a Date
The day was penetratingly cold, with snow on the way. Even with the weather and quite a bit of standing and listening to Karen, we both really enjoyed the choice of sites to view and their history. Karen is a wonderful story-teller and she kept her talk engaging all the way through. She has a good balance of historical facts with juicy stories to humanize those facts. We were impressed with the depth of her knowledge of her subject. She welcomed input from the tour participants and made everyone feel comfortable. Ideally for us, a little more walking would have been even better. But by the tour's end, we had a real sense of the layout and look of early New York. We will come back for the Civil War! Thanks and keep up your great organization, Karen!
Rating: 5
Thu, Mar 12  12:00 PM Female 30-39 Domestic Tourist(s) Other
I'd been wanting to take this tour for years, and am so glad I finally did. Karen's knowledge of NY history and culture was outstanding. The tour was highly informative and interesting while always engaging and amusing. As a former history teacher, I highly recommend this tour to other teachers and history buffs. The time flew by and our group was impressed with the anecdotes, stories, printed materials, and knowledge of landmarks. This will be well worth your time.
Rating: 5
Superb preparation
Thu, Feb 19  12:00 PM Male 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
As a resident of the city, she is observant about the remaining details we can see today that bring the original city and it's history alive. The original research and stories made it wonderfully real and fun. The tour was filled mostly with the people of the Revolution and their thoughts and inter relationships and less on dates for this and that which made high school history so boring. In her presentation or better, discussion, dates only give a placeholder for the activities we call the American Revolution. Easy walking; the 2.5 hours went by quickly; excellent intelligent communicator. The tour was the highlight of our NYC visit.
Rating: 5
Wed, Feb 11  10:00 AM Female 20-29 Local Family With Children
She did such a wonderful job. We enjoyed the whole tour the whole time. Never was there a moment of boredom or being unhappy. I can't stop talking about it to everyone
Rating: 4
Very Informative
Wed, Jan 21  10:00 AM Unspecified 20-29 Domestic Tourist(s) Unspecified
Tour was very enthusiastic and had lots of information. Would have loved to have a little booklet of the paperwork tour guide would show us. Loved the true facts regarding the sons of the revolution. Loved the churches and their 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.
Are gift certificates available?
Yes, gift certificates are available and they make a perfect gift for holidays, birthdays or any other occasion! To purchase a gift certificate for this tour, please click on the "Gift Certificates: Purchase" link in the box above.


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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