Learn the exciting history of how a band of brave men and women formed the networks in Brooklyn and Manhattan that became the Underground Railroad.
During the 2 hour-tour, you’ll visit an archeological site and memorial dedicated to the memory of enslaved Africans in colonial America. You’ll view the former stations, including the former locations of homes and churches, that were on the Underground Railroad.
Learn about the riots, revolts and dramatic escapes that occurred during American slavery. Listen to tales of courage and triumph and discover the stories of real New Yorkers who risked life and property to help people escaping American Slavery.
Tour highlights include:
- View historic sites that were part of the Underground Railroad network
- Visit a memorial and museum commemorating the lives of enslaved Africans in NYC
- Learn about the harrowing and long journey that many slaves undertook to gain their freedom
- Listen to tales of courage and triumph and discover real New Yorkers who risked life and property to help others
What Is Not Included?
- Do I have to purchase tickets in advance?
- Yes, advance purchase is required. Tours typically sell out quickly. To maximize your chance of getting the date, time, and number of tickets you prefer, please book well in advance.
- Are there any age restrictions?
- Children are welcome on the tour, but please bear in mind that some children have a limited attention span and, therefore, a 2 or 2.5 hour tour may not be appropriate for them. Parents know their children best and should assess the situation individually. Since there is a lot of standing and walking please consider this when deciding whether the tours are appropriate for your child. Also, the tours require a certain level of physical stamina. For our walking tours, we are on our feet for approximately 2 to 2.5 hours. Keep in mind that children under the age of 5 are permitted to attend for free without a ticket, and children ages 5 to 9 can attend at a reduced rate.
- What happens if it rains?
- The tours will go on rain or shine. If the weather is severely inclement or dangerous, however, the tour may be canceled and ticket holders will be accommodated.
- Where does the tour take place?
- This tour takes place in Lower Manhattan, starting around Bowling Green and ending near City Hall Park.
- Does the tour start and end at the same place?
- This tour and ends in Lower Manhattan. Your tour guide will be more than happy to give directions for public transportation or point you in the right direction for your next destination.
- Do we go inside any buildings?
- We do try to go inside at least one site related to slavery but we cannot guarantee that they will be open or able to accommodate us.
- How physically fit do I need to be to enjoy this tour?
- Tours walk at an easy pace and cover less than two miles of walking. Our tours are generally appropriate for all ages and fitness levels, but please use your best judgment.
- Is the tour wheelchair and stroller accessible?
- Unfortunately, since our route does include steep slopes and steps, we do not recommend the tour for those with wheelchairs or strollers.
- Is there public parking available nearby?
- There are multiple parking garages within a few blocks of the meeting location. Street parking is also available but limited. Please read all signs when looking for street parking to avoid getting ticketed. Specific parking and public transportation directions will be included in the meeting location details after purchasing tickets.
- Are there bathrooms along the way?
- We strongly advise using the restroom before joining the tour. However, we will try to make a stops for restrooms towards the end of the tour.
- Is there anywhere to buy food or drinks along the way? Can I bring my own?
- Sure! While no food or drinks are included in the ticket price, feel free to pack light snacks and drinks or purchase them along the way. Please just note that certain historic building may not allow food or drink inside of the building
- Is smoking allowed on the tour?
- The tours maintain a no-smoking policy.
- Are cameras allowed on the tours?
- Yes! In fact, we strongly encourage participants to take photos during the tour. However, we do not allow video cameras or tape recorders.
- Are tours offered only in English?
- Yes, we only offer tours in English. Tours can be offered in German, Spanish and French with prior arrangement. Please email us or call if you would like to make arrangements for your own interpreter to join the tour.
- Will locals enjoy the tour as well or is it mostly for tourists?
- Absolutely! While you may be familiar with our route and some of the stops, you will also have the opportunity to discover new things about the wonderful city you live in! Additionally, this tour is an excellent way to entertain out-of-town guests, celebrate a special occasion or encourage professional team building.
- Can we shop during the tour?
- We ask that you refrain from shopping during the tour. It is important that we stay on schedule, so be sure to take note of the shops you would like to revisit after the tour ends.
- Are dogs/pets allowed on the tour?
- All pets, with the exception of trained service dogs, are prohibited on the tour.
- Does the tour guide accept gratuities?
- Gratuities are greatly appreciated, although not mandatory. It is customary to tip tour guides for great service.
- Do you offer gift certificates?
- Yes! Gift certificates are available for purchase and make great gifts for family and friends. If you have any questions about purchasing or redeeming gift certificates, please click on the “Contact NYCInsideOut” link on the left side of this page.
- Do you offer private tours?
- Yes, private tours are available. To inquire about booking a private tour, please click on the “Contact NYCInsideOut” link on the left of this page.
- Non-refundable, cannot be rescheduled.
- Once purchased, tickets cannot be refunded and cannot be rescheduled because your space is being guaranteed at the event.
- Activity takes place rain or shine.
- The activity runs regardless of weather conditions. In the rare situation where the seller is forced to cancel the event, ticket-holders will be allowed to reschedule to another time (subject to availability).
- New York Pass customers cannot book free tickets using Zerve
- Free New York Pass tickets or New York Explorer pass tickets for our tours cannot be obtained through Zerve. If you have a New York pass, please book through our attractions link on www.newyorkpass.com. Tickets booked through Zerve are non-refundable.
Inside Out Tours
Inside Out Tours is not only a tour company but also a social enterprise giving back to local communities. We believe that tourism, when planned with respect and sensitivity, can be a part of the empowerment of a community and the preservation of its cultural traditions and historical sights. From local churches to community and business organizations, we have forged a relationship of trust with NYC residents and institutions, and believe in giving back to the community. Through partnerships and donations, Inside Out Tours supports local charitable organizations, with a special emphasis on supporting youth programs and cultural institutions.