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NYC Slavery & the Underground Railroad Walking Tour

Quick Details

Calendar Schedule: Mar – Oct: Wed & Sat | Nov – Feb: Sat

Hour Glass Duration: 2.5 hours (1.5 mi/2.4 km)

Clock Departure Time: 1 p.m. EST on Sat | EST on Wed

Adult Ages 12+
Child Ages 5-11

NYC Slavery & the Underground Railroad Walking Tour

Learn the exciting history of how a band of brave men and women formed the networks that became the Underground Railroad. Visit an archeological site and memorial dedicated to the memory of enslaved Africans in colonial America. View a former station of the Underground Railroad. Learn about the riots, revolts, and dramatic escapes that occurred during the era of American slavery. Listen to tales of courage and triumph and discover the stories of real New Yorkers who risked their lives and properties to help people escape slavery on this historical New York City walking tour.

Tour Highlights:

  • Learn the exciting history of how a band of brave men and women formed the networks that became the Underground Railroad.
  • Explore Lower Manhattan sites relevant to the slave trade from Battery Park to Wall Street to the African Burial Ground.
  • Learn about the early African-American history of New York and how African-Americans impacted the creation of the city.
  • View historic sites like Fraunces Tavern, Trinity Church, Federal Hall, NYC Stock Exchange, Wall Street, and the African Burial Ground National Memorial.
  • Enjoy this tour as featured on ABC News, Netflix, the New York Times, NBC News, Newsday, and Amsterdam News, and the NY Times best-selling book “How the Word is Passed.”

This Tour is Celebrated in a New York Times Best-seller

Have you heard? We’ve been featured in New York Times best-selling book How the Word is Passed by Clint Smith! In the book, Clint highlights our tour and uses it to create wide-eyed moments for readers when unveiling unknown truths about slavery and its imprint on centuries of American history. Hear those stories yourself at their source and engage with our guides as you learn more about our shared but untold history.

This slavery in New York City tour is wheelchair-accessible.


  • This tour is included in the New York Pass, Go City All-inclusive Pass and Explorer Pass.
  • Pass customers please visit the page and follow the instruction to make a reservation.

Meeting & End Locations

  • Meet your guide in front of the Museum of the American Indian – 1 Bowling Green, New York, NY 10004
  • The guide will be holding up a Red, Inside Out Tours Flag.
  • Tour ends at African Burial Ground National Monument – Broadway between Duane Street and Reade Street.

Frequently Asked Questions


Highly Recommended

If you're ever visiting NYC, I highly recommend taking Inside Out Tours' 'the Slavery and Underground Railroad Walking Tour' which is one of the tours featured in HOW THE WORD IS PASSED. I learned a ton and it was really well done.

– Clint Smith
Best thing I did while in NYC

So glad I took this tour. Real history is revealed and the end of the tour was so moving to me. I would highly recommend this to people who want to learn some things that were not taught to you in school.

– Lee L
Excellent and Eye Opening

Excellent tour, so informative and eye-opening, our group loved it and would definitely recommend it to others considering.

– Ryan