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.

Hamilton: The Musical
Complete your Hamilton experience with a walk through the city he loved. Learn more about the people and events that shaped his beliefs. We'll visit the sites that were a part of everyday life. You'll hear your favorite Hamilton stories while standing right where they happened. A great accompaniment to the musical.

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.)


740 Reviews Rating: 4.9 4.9 out of 5.0
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Rating: 5
Very informative with a very enthusiastic guide
Thu, Mar 3  12:00 PM Male 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Individual
Would highly recommend this tour for anyone with an interest in history, specifically Revolutionary War history, or the general history of New York. Karen is very enthusiastic and had copies of historical documents to show you exactly what the people were seeing as far back as 250 years ago. As she pointed out, people in NYC did such a good job of saving historical documents and records even before they were aware that they would be historic. The tour was the 2.5 hours advertised and was easily worth the price. It was interesting to see where many of the events of the pre-Revolutionary War era and beyond occurred. To enhance the value of the tour, do a bit of research ahead of time. Two books I would recommend are "1776" by David McCullough and "Gotham: A History of NYC to 1898." Having an idea of what you are going to see helps clarify any questions you may have had as you were reading. The tour basically underlines what makes NY trips so exciting: so much history and so many attractions all within walking distance of anywhere you are on the island! I go to NYC all the time on my vacations and there are other tours offered by Karen that I want to go on, if not next time, then some other time in the near future. If they are as good as this tour was, then I have no doubt that it will be well worth the time and money. By the way, no matter how well you know NYC, make sure you consult a map to be sure you get to the place where the tour begins. I did not notice that Broadway branches out into 2 or 3 "Broadways" and I ended up two blocks west of where the tour began. Make sure you are on West Broadway and that you are at the edge of the Park as stated in the directions. I was late, but fortunately Karen waited for me. Glad she did; it is a tour you do not want to miss!
Rating: 5
Excellent: Money & Time Well Spent!
Sat, Feb 27  11:00 AM Male 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
Guide was detailed, entertaining and enthusiastic. We will be back for the Civil War tour. Highly recommend!
Rating: 5
Fri, Feb 26  10:00 AM Unspecified Unspecified Unspecified Unspecified
The tour guide was knowledgeable, enthusiastic and friendly. The tour was very well planned and covered places and events I knew about as well as some I learned about for the first time. Highly recommend.
Rating: 5
Wonderful tour!
Tue, Feb 23  12:00 PM Unspecified 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
Karen was enthusiastic and extremely knowledgable. Her passion for history was infectious and her affection for the time period and players apparent. We would highly recommend this tour for visitors and NY residents alike.
Rating: 5
Wonderful Tour
Sat, Feb 13  11:00 AM Female 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
Karen was extremely knowledgeable and entertaining. My husband and I enjoyed the pace, the information, and the sights. I highly recommend this tour.
Rating: 3
I was disappointed in the selection of sites
Mon, Jan 18  10:00 AM Female 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
I thought the sites and historical information imparted was not as interesting as I had expected.
Rating: 5
Very insightful and interesting tour!
Sat, Jan 16  11:00 AM Unspecified Unspecified Unspecified Unspecified
As the other tour takers did not show, my husband and I ended up having a personal Revolutionary War Tour. Karen is extremely knowledgeable and engaging. She really provided three tours in one as in addition to the Revolutionary highlights, Karen shared with us her very personal experience on 9/11 and her office was located close enough to the Twin Towers to see the people tragically jumping to their death from the Towers. She also highlighted areas of current interest, such as the Trump building n the Wall Street area that he successfully renovated after many years of disrepair. Please note that Karen's comments were not political at all in nature, simply pointing out interesting sites in the area. Take the time to do this tour, you won't regret it.
Rating: 5
A Great Tour!
Sat, Jan 2  11:00 AM Unspecified Unspecified Unspecified Unspecified
I have been on walking tours in cities throughout the world, and this was definitely one of the great ones! The guide was impressive and inspirational in her grasp of the people and events surrounding the unfolding of the revolution/revolutionary events in NYC. She was quoting texts and documents from the top of her head throughout--a definite sign of her passion and in-depth research on the subject. This deep curiosity and interest was infectious, and we left the tour thrilled with what we had just learned. I would highly recommend this tour to anyone. You will be glad you went!
Rating: 5
Mon, Dec 28, 15  10:00 AM Male 40-49 Local Family With Children
Our guide was extremely knowledgeable, enthusiastic, and took the time to thoroughly explain the sites we saw. She also took the time to answer our questions as well. Will definitely spread the word on this informative tour.
Rating: 4
really intersting tour
Wed, Dec 23, 15  10:00 AM Female 30-39 Unspecified Unspecified
I found this tour really interesting. Learned things about NYC and the revolutionary war that I didn't know. It was also a nice tour of historic lower Manhattan. Our tour guide Karen was great,
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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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