NYC Slavery and Underground Railroad Tour

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Take a walk down the New York City Freedom Trail as you discover the trials and tribulations of the forging of this sub terrain network. Now known as the Underground Railroad New York.

Discover the inspiring rescue stories of the submerged slaves, and learn about the Martyrs who risked their lives in the name of freedom. All in this 2.5-hour tour of underground New York and the slave museum NYC.


Know before you book:

  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Wear comfortable walking shoes


  • Enjoy an informative and historical tour of Lower Manhattan
  • Learn the history of slavery in New York and its impact on the construction of the city
  • Visit National Monuments, memorial sites and the Slave Museum in NYC

The historic Freedom Trail starts at the Museum of the American Indian in Manhattan. Here, you will discover the past of the enslaved Africans in colonial America, along with their former stations and stories of tragedy alongside courage.

Prepare yourself for a journey back in time to trace the history of slavery in NYC. Discover how this network of secret routes and safe houses formed an escape to freedom, with the help of abolitionists and supportive allies.

The underground railroad that runs right through New York City helped enslaved men and women to escape the most populated city in the nation. See the famous site of Fort Amsterdam, the first settlement in colonial Manhattan.

Take an informative walk down Wall Street to find where slaves hid during their escape to the free states, and visit the African Burial Ground National Monument dedicated to the enslaved Africans in colonial America. One of the most important archaeological finds of the 20th Century.

Lastly, walk to the former site of the original African-American church in New York, which once acted as a station of the underground railroad. Learn about the revolts and riots that turned New York City and its underground railroad into what it is today in this New York Underground Railroad tour.

NYC Slavery and Underground Railroad Tour Prices 2019

The cost of the tickets/tours range between $17USD and $35USD, depending on the time of year and tour availability.
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Tour Times

The tour lasts 2.5 hours and begins at 1pm at 1 Bowling Green New York.
The schedule of the walking tour is below:

Saturdays 1pm: from January – March & November – December
Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays 1pm: from April – October

Best time to go

This tour takes place year-round, but is most popular between the summer months of April to December where there are more options of which day to choose. It is also a fascinating walking tour in the winter months if you can brave the cold.

Underground Railroad Tour NYC

This tour lasts 2.5 hours and includes the NYC underground railroad, slave museum and other important historical monuments.

Spend 2.5 hours discovering the history of underground New York, and the parts that the brave men and women played in the abolishment of slavery and their intrepid escapes.

Visit some New York monuments that take you on a walk down memory lane into the tumultuous times of African slavery in colonial America.


Meet at 1 Bowling Green, New York for the start of your walking tour
Walk through the underground railroad with your local guide
Visit Fort Amsterdam, the first settlement in colonial Manhattan
See the NYC African-American Freedom Trail and visit the African Burial Ground Memorial and Museum
Walk down Wall Street
See abolitionist homes and churches and hear stories about important abolitionist figures

  •  2-hour walking tour
  • Licensed New York tour guide

  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • Gratuities

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6.5Expert Score
This walking tour is a great way to experience the past of Lower Manhattan, and discover all the tales hiding in the underground railroad of NYC. Learn all about the history of slavery and the brave men and women who made New York into what it has become today.
Level of Activity
Value for Money
  • Short distance from central New York
  • Informative local guide
  • Short and interesting
  • No hotel pick-up/drop-off
  • Requires a certain level of fitness
  • No meals included

Specification: NYC Slavery and Underground Railroad Tour


2.5 hours


Need a certain degree of physical fitness


Meet at venue

Meals & Drinks

Not included

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  1. Anonymous

    There was quite a big group of use. I don’t know the tour guide’s name. I am not sure he told us. He certainly knew his stuff. And it was moving and humbling to here how badly people were treated. However, he walked fast and had no flag or anything for us to follow. So I nearly lost the group at one time. That slightly spoiled it for me.

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  2. Anonymous

    I am not sure of the tour guide’s name. He may have told us but it didn’t sink in. He knew his stuff and told us some moving stories and the history was fascinating. It was very busy walking around, he walked fast and it was difficult to follow him, and I was on my own and didn’t know anyone in the group. At one stage I nearly lost the group.

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  3. Anonymous

    Very comprehensive tour. The guide was well informed and enlightening. I will surely recommend this tour to friends and family living outside of New York City as well as NYC residents. Wonderful!

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  4. Anonymous

    his was a great tour and I learned a lot. I would highly recommend it . I really wish that I could have taken the Niagara falls NY and Canada sections of this railroad, but they are requiring that you sign up for two people when you register.

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  5. Anonymous

    The tour guide was late. He rushed through the tour.

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  6. Anonymous

    Its a wonderful walking tour- so much knowledge and a great guide

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  7. Anonymous

    This was a fabulous tour giving you information about the role NYC played in the slave trade and also facts about slavery that you never knew. Our guide was enthusiastic and knowledgeable. Highly recommend.

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  8. Alison – United Kingdom

    This tour was excellent. Shaun was extremely knowledgeable and had many fascinating stories to share about the American slave trade. It was a rainy afternoon, but it didn't matter; he thoughtfully delivered most of the information while we were sheltered and the tour was so interesting, the weather was barely noticeable. I would love to do the tour again – if I was still in the USA! – and I would definitely recommend it to anyone who is interested in gaining a better understanding of America's history of black slavery. 10/10

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  9. Anonymous – Lelystad, Netherlands

    very interesting and moving. Despite of the terrible weather (a lot of rain and wind) we enjoyed this tour. The guide was very good: it was not difficult to follow his English explanations, he asked regularly if there were any questions, he took the time neeeded. The end in the slavery museum and the memorial were very impressive.

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