NYC Slavery and the Underground Railroad Tour

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Follow the Freedom Trail in New York!

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
So join us on a powerful and eye-opening tour of the Underground Railroad on the NYC Slavery and the Underground Railroad Tour: Freedom Trail!

What Is Not Included?

Gratuity for your guide is not included in the price of your ticket, but is greatly appreciated for a job well done.

Meeting Location

Lower Manhattan ( New York, NY) (Exact meeting location details will be provided immediately upon purchase of tickets.)
36 Reviews Rating: 4.7 4.7 out of 5.0
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Rating: 5
Informative & Interesting
Sat, Sep 26  1:00 PM Female 50-59 International Tourist(s) Group of Friends
Our guide was very passionate about the topic, and a very caring person. Her love of people shone through and made the whole tour an experience we will never forget.
Rating: 4
worth every dollar
Sat, Aug 29  1:00 PM Female 60-69 Unspecified Unspecified
Enjoyed the tour guide was ver knowledgeable and very approachable we did learn things we never knew just thingsto see in the area the same area we have visited at least twice before. Well done.
Rating: 5
NYC Slavery Tour
Sat, Aug 15  1:00 PM Female 60-69 Unspecified Unspecified
Another great tour from Zerve, Excellent! !
Rating: 5
Long Time Resident. One of the Best Tours in NYC.
Sat, Aug 8  1:00 PM Male 30-39 Local Individual
Time well spent. Guide had 10+ years experience in the history of slavery in New York. Any and every question was thoughtfully, provocatively answered. The tone was on the side of the enslaved, of course. Always sympathetic, no white heroes- which I only note as exceptional when compared to the historically white-washed, sympathetic-to-the-slaveowners-bizarro plantation tours down South. If that's where you're coming from, which I was (and Zerve also hosts, by the way). So this was refreshing, to say the least. This was August 2015. Well worth the $35.
Rating: 4
Interesting and Informative
Sat, Aug 8  1:00 PM Female 20-29 Local Family Without Children
The tour turned out to be more than expected and was very informative. Having lived in NYC all of my life, it was nice learning about things I hadn't known previously. There are a number of places around the city that I've passed or frequently visited and had no idea about the history surrounding these places. Sean was our tour guide and was very knowledgable.
Rating: 5
A must see tour on Slavery in NYC
Sat, Aug 1  1:00 PM Female 60-69 Combination Group of Friends
Our tour guide's name was Shawn O'Brien. Shawn was very informative and knowledgeable with his presentations during the Underground Railroad Tour. It was a pleasure to see how passionate he was with doing his job. I have to say that my niece and I enjoyed the tour and would strongly recommend it..
Rating: 5
An Amazing Experience
Sat, Aug 1  1:00 PM Unspecified Unspecified International Tourist(s) Group of Friends
Our group had a brilliant day on this Tour. The guide was very knowledgeable and the tour just sized passed. 2hours flew by. We absolutely recommend you do this
Rating: 3
Not what I expected
Fri, Jul 31  1:00 PM Female 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Individual
Our tour guide was most helpful and very knowledgeable. He presented everything well. However, it was my misunderstanding, totally, but my expectations were that this would be somewhat more of a realistic walk-through of the underground railroad experience. A re-enactment I guess. Like walking in the shoes of a slave during this time period. Somehow that's what was in my head so I was disappointed, even though what you presented was NOT misleading; you gave what you offered. So, I'm sorry to even write this. But, it was a lot of walking to view sites and it was terribly hot. What was most interesting was the last site at the African Burial Ground and Museum. For me, I think it would have been better to tie-in the underground railroad and slavery experience to the Burial Ground with perhaps a 30-45 minute historical narrative from our tour guide with a PowerPoint or parts of the "Slavery" video that was for sale at the museum. I did purchase online from Amazon the 4-part "Slavery" DVD that the museum offered as I wanted to learn more about my ancestors that I never had the opportunity to learn while in school. In any event, I thank you for offering this tour and for the time, education and passion exhibited in what was presented. Mary
Rating: 5
Sat, Jul 18  1:00 PM Female 30-39 Local Family With Children
The tour guide was fantastic! He took his time, answered questions and left us with a memorable day. I strongly recommend this tour.
Rating: 4
Great History Tour
Sat, Jul 11  1:00 PM Male 30-39 International Tourist(s) Family Without Children
Being Australian we don't study and learn about the slavery and history of the United States so it's always good to come to a city and learn about it's history. The tour was very interesting and worthwhile
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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 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.
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.


Refund/Rescheduling Policy

Non-refundable, cannot be rescheduled.
Once purchased, tickets cannot be refunded and cannot be rescheduled because your space is being guaranteed at the event.

Weather Policy

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).

Other Policies

New York Pass customers cannot book free tickets using Zerve
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Inside Out Tours allows visitors and local residents to find the ultimate cultural experience “off the beaten path.” Established by two native Brooklynites, we highlight establishments that locals frequent, exploring the rich food, history, architecture and culture of NYC. On our tours, you do not simply observe from a distance but you can meet the locals, taste the food, hear local music, view artwork from artisans and see historically significant sites, fully engaging your senses in NYC’s vibrant and diverse neighborhoods.

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.
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