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.)


734 Reviews Rating: 4.9 4.9 out of 5.0
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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,
Rating: 5
Best Tour Ever
Sat, Dec 12, 15  11:00 AM Female 20-29 Local Family Without Children
I had so much fun on this tour! My family enjoyed every minute of the tour, and wished it could have gone longer. I learned so much, and really enjoyed learning about the area where I live. I never would have known these things had I not gone on this tour. I've now caught the bug, and I'm going on as many tours as possible.
Rating: 5
Excellent tour guide!
Fri, Nov 27, 15  10:00 AM Female 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
Karen was very knowledgable and enthusiastic with great stories and insights.
Rating: 5
Karen's great
Sun, Nov 15, 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, 15  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, 15  12:00 PM Male 30-39 Domestic Tourist(s) Individual
I will 100% for sure be booking another tour. Hands down just pure amazing.
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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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