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.)


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Rating: 5
See new things!
Fri, Jul 3  10:00 AM Unspecified Unspecified Unspecified Unspecified
My husband and I really enjoyed our walking tour! We live in NY and have walked by many historic places and sites without ever knowing the significance - it was such a pleasure to learn about the history of this great City. Our guide was so passionate about the topic - her excitement was contagious. She was incredibly knowledgeable about the history - we can't wait to go on another tour!
Rating: 5
Wed, Jun 24  10:00 AM Male 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
The tour guide was knowledgeable and energetic about history and wanted to share her knowledge eagerly.

We will probably do the same tour next next time we are in NYC just because of the tour guide!!
Rating: 5
Excellent if done under Karen Quinones
Tue, Jun 9  12:00 PM Unspecified 60-69 Local Family With Children
exceptional knowledge, patience with going with Karen
Rating: 5
Very Well Done
Mon, Jun 8  10:00 AM Male 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Individual
As a trained historian who has conducted many tours myself ( though the Rev War is not my specialty) I can say enthusiasticly that my tour was excellent. We covered the subject matter thoroughly and the walking was not too strenuous. Well informed and pleasant guide.
Rating: 5
Excellent! Highly Recommended
Mon, Jun 8  10:00 AM Male 50-59 Local Family With Children
Karen is a wonderful, knowledgeable and friendly guide. She answered any and all questions and it was a great learning experience!
Rating: 5
Very interesting
Fri, Jun 5  10:00 AM Female 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
I don't think most people realize how much colonial history there is in lower Manhattan. I know my husband was very surprised when I told him about the tour ( he wasn't able to accompany my daughter and I. The tour guide had an abundance of knowledge to share at each location we visited. She was very enthusiastic and interesting as she shared stories that are not widely known. Personally, I enjoyed seeing the actual locations where historical events happened. I thoroughtly enjoyed the experience.
Rating: 5
Great Experience!
Thu, Jun 4  12:00 PM Unspecified 20-29 Local Individual
Our tour guide Karen was a wealth of knowledge and super friendly. After the tour I will never be able to think about lower Manhattan the same way again!
Rating: 5
great tour!
Sat, May 30  12:00 PM Male 60-69 Local Couple on a Date
Karen, our guide was a wonderful person with mountains of knowledge and information with which to provide us....

The tour was both informative and very enjoyable...Lived here my whole life and didn't know most of the details we covered... I would recommend this tour to anyone.
Rating: 5
Excellent Tour, Exceptional Guide!
Tue, May 19  12:00 PM Female Unspecified Combination Unspecified
Our tour began at City Hall & our guide, Karen, took us through the oldest parts of Manhattan during this fantastic Revolutionary Era tour. Karen was full of knowledge, enthusiasm & did an excellent job describing the city & it's political & social climate during colonial days. The places we visited on the tour were interesting. Karen was an amazing guide! She was enthusiastic, gave excellent details & provided references for her cited information. I only knew general information about NYC during the time period, but thanks to Karen, I received quite an education in 2.5 hours. I highly recommend this tour to anyone!
Rating: 5
Rxcellent guide
Tue, May 19  12:00 PM Male 70+ Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
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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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