World War I Walking Tour

World War I Walking Tour

Come along on a walking tour of sites that were important to New York during World War I, from military locations, recruiting, and fundraising. Remember our honored war dead by visiting beautiful memorials around the city, from stunning sculpture to poignant monuments. This unique walking tour honors the centennial of WWI (1914-1918) and is led by Kevin C. Fitzpatrick, author of the award-winning World War I New York: A Guide to the City’s Enduring Ties to the Great War (Globe Pequot Press).

The story of WWI is a New York one. In 1917-1918 four out of five Doughboys departed from New York Harbor. The region was an important hub throughout the war as recruiting and patriotic efforts continued. Following the Armistice in 1918, more memorials were erected to WW I veterans than for any other event. On this tour explore more 30 locations in Manhattan that have ties to the Great War and learn the stories behind each.

Tour Highlights:

  • See where the troops marched off to war;
  • Visit the locations where bond rallies and fundraisers were held;
  • See where the Army trained and raised awareness;
  • See stunning sculptures and poignant memorials;
  • Learn about the “Lost Battalion” and Harlem Hell Fighters;
  • Explore the architectural and historical stories of the buildings and monuments.
  • Learn about Central Park and Grand Central Terminal, notable buildings, memorials, and monuments.

Tickets must be bought at least 24 hours in advance of the tour start time.

The walk begins at the New York Public Library on Forty-second Street and Fifth Avenue (between the lions, 476 Fifth Avenue). The tour includes a subway ride from Grand Central Terminal; the tour ends in Central Park.

Meeting Point:
476 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10018

Kevin C. Fitzpatrick has written eight books tied to New York City history and has been leading walking tours since 1999. He has made numerous talks and lectures, and has been featured on the Travel Channel’s Mysteries at the Museums, and C-SPAN American History TV. He is a member of the U.S. WWI Centennial Commission, the WWI Centennial Committee for New York City, and the East Coast Doughboys. World War I New York: A Guide to the City’s Enduring Ties to the Great War won the Apple Award in 2018 from the Guides Association for New York City for Outstanding Achievement in Non-Fiction Book Writing.

This tour is designed for tourists, locals, families, and groups of friends. You’ll visit more than thirty locations and come away with a new appreciation for the area.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

How much walking is there?
About 2 miles (40 blocks).

What should I bring?
Bottle of water;
Camera;
Sunscreen;
Extra cash as we end the tour where food and drinks may be purchased.

Does the tour start and end at the same place?
No. The guide will direct you to your next destination.

What is the closet subway station?
The closest subway stations 42nd Street station (B/D/F/M) and Grand Central Terminal (4/5/6). Five minutes walk to meeting point.

Where do I meet the guide?
In front of the NYPL on 42nd Street and Fifth Avenue.

Do we go inside any buildings?
Yes. We tour inside buildings open to the public.

What should I wear?
Dress smart casual, with comfortable walking shoes.

What about inclement weather?
The tour operates rain or shine, snow, or heat. In the case of severe weather forecast, you will receive an email from Big Apple Fanatics Tours 24 hours before the tour begins.

Are there bathrooms along the way?
Yes. Restrooms are available at the meeting location. There are also restrooms along the route.

How long is the tour?
Approximately two hours.

Can I bring my dog?
Yes, dogs are allowed, however NYC subway rules apply.

Is the tour appropriate for kids?
Yes it is great for families.

Can I book a private tour?
Yes, reach out here to book a charter tour for 2 to 50 people.