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.)


727 Reviews Rating: 4.9 4.9 out of 5.0
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Rating: 5
Karen's great
Sun, Nov 15  11:00 AM Female 60-69 Local Other
Karen spent almost 3 hours with us! She's extremely knowledgeable and obviously LOVES what she does and what she's talking about. She's so excited about her topic and in the sharing, always open to questions and comments. HIghly recommend!
Rating: 5
Great Tour!!
Sat, Nov 7  11:00 AM Female 50-59 Local Family Without Children
Our guide, Karen, really made history come alive. She was so knowledgeable about NYC in the Revolutionary War period, and had great documents, maps and illustrations to show us from that time. Best of all was the way she told the stories of New York's role in the war - her enthusiasm, passion and sense of humor made for a very entertaining time. I am not a history buff, but the right guide made all the difference. She was also very professional, moving the tour along without ever seeing hurried, and the time flew by.
Rating: 5
The best $25 i spent in new York
Tue, Nov 3  12:00 PM Male 30-39 Domestic Tourist(s) Individual
I will 100% for sure be booking another tour. Hands down just pure amazing.
Rating: 5
first rate tour
Tue, Nov 3  12:00 PM Female 60-69 Combination Family With Children
Karen, our guide, was well educated, informative and her narrative was like listening to a great audio book, but so much better because we saw the sights our "narrator" spoke about. It was an amazing experience and I look forward to another tour when I return.
Rating: 5
Examination of old NYC Sheds Light on Today's City
Mon, Oct 26  10:00 AM Male 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
Tour examined the economic, cultural, political, and geostrategic implications of NYC and the vital role it played in Colonial and Revolutionary America. Our guide froze time so we could examine critical areas of the city normally ignored amidst the hustle and bustle of an international city. Came away with a greater appreciation for the struggles the revolutionaries endured against overwhelming odds and forces. Excellent activity.
Rating: 5
Highly recommended - great for locals too!
Mon, Oct 26  10:00 AM Female 40-49 Local Family Without Children
My parents are into history so I booked the revolutionary war tour for us. I probably got more out of it than they did since so much of that time period is reflected in common street names in Manhattan like Delancey, Rivington, Duane and Reade. If you've lived in New York for a few years, you'll be intrigued by its past. This was a great experience all around. But note that the tall buildings and ocean breezes make this area a good 10 degrees chillier than other neighborhoods. Dress warmly!
Rating: 5
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Tue, Oct 20  12:00 PM Male 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Individual
I truly enjoyed the tour. It was informative and educational. I will recommend this tour to anyone spending some time in NYC. Our guide, Karen, was knowledgeable and held our interest. Excellant tour.

Rating: 5
Very good tour.
Tue, Oct 20  12:00 PM Female 40-49 Local Group of Friends
Karen (tour guide) was fantastic. Very knowledgable and enthusiastic. At the end of the tour I had a much greater appreciation and understanding of Lower Manhattan's Revolutionary past. I definitely recommend this tour.
Rating: 5
Fantastic tour, learned a lot about historic NYC
Mon, Oct 19  10:00 AM Female 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Unspecified
Our tour guide was extremely knowledgeable about New Amsterdam / NYC during the Revolutionary era. She is truly interested in the subject matter and conveys the material in an exciting way. We learned so much about early New York and the pivotal role George Washington played here during the Revolutionary War. We'd highly recommend this tour if you have an interest in the Revolutionary history of the U.S.
Rating: 5
Best walking tour ever!!
Wed, Oct 14  12:00 PM Female 40-49 Local Couple on a Date
Karen is a brilliant historian and very passionate about history! She painted the lower Manhattan area for us in such a way that you feel you're in the 1700's even with all the hustle and bustle around you. We loved every minute of the tour. I definite recommend this to locals and tourist alike.
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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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