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: 4
Informative walking tour
Sat, Sep 12  11:00 AM Male 50-59 Unspecified Unspecified
If you like a bit of exercise, a bit of history, and a bit of sightseeing, then this tour is for you.
Rating: 5
Travel Through Time with the Patriot Tour!!
Mon, Sep 7  10:00 AM Female 20-29 Local Couple on a Date
My husband and I received a gift certificate for this tour for Christmas and did it on Labor Day. We actually were the only two people who showed up for the tour, but that was great because Karen gave us basically a private historical tour of lower manhattan! She comes prepared with a whole stack of historical documents, maps, and pictures to add so much more detail to the stories and historical facts she shares with you along the way. Even though I already knew a fair amount about Manhattan's history in the 16-1700's, I learned so much more on this tour and found it so entertaining. I also will see lower manhattan through whole new eyes now after learning much of the hidden history and meaning behind buildings, landmarks, and the city streets. Definitely recommend this tour!
Rating: 5
Excellent tour, very knowledgable tour guide.
Wed, Sep 2  10:00 AM Male 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
A leisurely walk through New York's historical extent detailing key events at each location. I highly recommend this tour.
Rating: 5
Enthusiastic and informative!
Fri, Aug 14  10:00 AM Female 50-59 Local Family Without Children
Karen was terrific -- knowledgeable about a complex subject and pleasant.
Rating: 5
So Much Fun!
Fri, Aug 14  10:00 AM Male 30-39 Local Family Without Children
Karen said at one point during the tour that she became involved in this program because she desperately wanted to take passionate, daring historical figures out of the staid boredom of the textbook and bring them to life once more. At this she succeeded! She delivered a pleasant, well-paced walk through downtown Manhattan filled with fascinating observations that brought fresh illumination to the events of the Revolutionary period. We saw historical figures resurrected before our eyes, their great triumphs but also their flaws and their foibles. Karen's style is both informative and enjoyable, she knows her material extremely well and presented it almost perfectly--which is no easy feat! She also offers a Civil War tour in the same area, and I am eagerly looking forward to the opportunity to take that next.
Rating: 5
Revolutionary tour
Fri, Aug 7  10:00 AM Female 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
It was thorough, enjoyable and we would highly recommend this tour to anyone.
Rating: 5
Great and informative experience
Wed, Aug 5  10:00 AM Unspecified Unspecified Unspecified Unspecified
On a beautiful day, we participated in the walking tour of lower Manhattan. Karen, our guide, was knowledgeable and seemed authentically excited about New York's important role in the Revolutionary War. She explained the history of each area in great detail, and provided images of historical NY so we could have a frame of reference for the appearance and strategic advantages of certain areas. This tour was great and I would highly recommend it to anyone who is interested in New York's history.
Rating: 5
Thu, Jul 23  12:00 PM Male 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
I liked to think I knew quite a bit about Revolutionary Era and NYC. This tour showed humbled me. It was very informative. Those that enjoy history, you'll love it. My 12 year old who couldn't care less about history had a hard time being enthusiastic throughout the tour. The tour is all downhill making the walking easier than it otherwise could have been. Our guide was Karen who has done her homework to bring us an exceptional learning experience.
Rating: 5
Recommended for ALL ages!!!
Mon, Jul 13  10:00 AM Male 20-29 Domestic Tourist(s) Group of Friends
Karen is amazing and you can tell she loves what she is doing. She has done an incredible amount of research on New York and the Revolutionary War. From suppling old maps that showed how places/land looked "back in the day", giving you details on famous political names, and not so famous strong New York family names, to giving you history that you may not find in just one book, Karen is the whole package. I would highly recommend this tour for everyone interested in our country's history!
Rating: 5
Wonderful tour!
Tue, Jul 7  12:00 PM Male 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
My 16 year old daughter and I had a wonderful walking tour. Our tour guide was fabulous. She made it interesting not only for me but for my daughter. She was enthusiastic and thoroughly prepared and knowledgeable with the history of the area. I would absolutely recommend this tour for anyone considering a visit to New York who is interested in history. Well worth the time. I would note that I had done this tour several years ago with my older daughter and had the same experience then. I would highly recommend this tour for anyone!
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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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