Follow the New York City Freedom Trail and learn how a group of brave men and women forged the network that became the Underground Railroad on this guided, 2.5-hour walking tour. See the site of Fort Amsterdam, the first settlement in colonial Manhattan. Visit the African Burial Ground National Monument, a memorial dedicated to enslaved Africans in colonial America. View the former New York City stations that were included on the Underground Railroad and discover how New Yorkers risked their lives to help people escaping slavery.
Guided walking tour of New York City slavery and Underground Railroad sites
Trace the Underground Railroad with your local guide and learn about its role in freeing slaves
Visit the site of Fort Amsterdam, the first settlement in colonial Manhattan
See the NYC African-American Freedom Trail and visit the African Burial Ground Memorial
See abolitionist homes and churches and hear stories about important abolitionist figures, including Frederick Douglass
Begin this walking tour at the Museum of the American Indian in Manhattan. Then get ready to journey back in time to trace the history of slavery and the Underground Railroad in New York City. The Underground Railroad was a network of secret routes and safe houses used by 19th-century African-American slaves to escape to freedom with the help of abolitionists and allies who supported their cause. This path from slavery to freedom ran right through New York City, where thousands of people, including noted social reformer and abolitionist Frederick Douglass, escaped to the most populated city in the nation. Visit the site of Fort Amsterdam, the first settlement in colonial Manhattan, and learn about the important role slaves played in transforming American society. Walk down Wall Street and see where slaves hid while escaping to free states with the help of abolitionists. Visit the African Burial Ground National Monument, a sacred space in Manhattan and memorial dedicated to enslaved Africans in colonial America. It has been called the most important archaeological find of the 20th century and is an important reminder of a period in New York City history that is oftentimes forgotten. Finally, walk to the former site of the first African-American church in New York, which was also one of the stops on the Underground Railroad.
Confirmation will be received at time of booking
Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Reviews by Viator travelers
, Jul 2019
The guide was energetic and thorough and handled sensitive information well. The tour went at a reasonable pace, and the information given was thought provoking. I especially liked ending at the burial ground, and that we had time to just experience the memorial.
Demaris, the guide, was very knowledgeable but did walk a tad too fast. The title is a bit misleading as there was little mention of The Underground Railroad. It did very into the history of colonial NY, the slave trade and early black history. Would recommend.
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.
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.
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.
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.