Incredible Journey to Midnight: Detroit Underground Railroad Walking Tour

Dramatized tour brings history to life

Detroit’s role as a major stop on the UGRR told

Authentic historic sites and events revealed

Embark on this Unique Experience highlighting Detroit’s Underground Railroad History

Saturdays: February 25, March 25 / 10 am – 1 pm
June – October dates TBA soon!

The Incredible Journey to Midnight: Detroit Underground Railroad Lantern Walking Tour isn’t your ordinary tour—it’s an experience! Step back in time to 19th-century America and retrace the steps of freedom seekers on this remarkable journey through Midnight (code for Detroit) as they escape the horrific shackles of bondage in search of freedom across the Detroit River. On this remarkable journey, actors provide added drama by taking on the personas of significant historical figures of this era such Frederick Douglas or Sojourner Truth. If it’s entertainment, knowledge and excitement you seek, then look no further than this memorable experience.


Retrace the steps of freedom seekers in Midnight, the final juncture before freedom

Experience the frightening plight of freedom seekers during a powerful reenactment inside the Croghan Street Station

Visit Second Baptist Church which was founded by 13 self-emancipated slaves

Interact with history itself by meeting prominent abolitionists and politicians who changed the course of history

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Trip Details


Adult: $45
Youth: $18 (17 and under)
6% booking fee assessed on tickets booked online (you can avoid booking fee by purchasing tickets via phone).

Departure time

6:00 pm

Meeting point

Second Baptist Church, 441 Monroe Street, Detroit MI 48226
Note: Tour ends at Gateway to Freedom Monument in Hart Plaza.


Saturdays: February 25, March 25 / 10 am – 1 pm
June – October dates TBA soon!


3 hours

Group size

10 minimum, 30 maximum


  • Advanced registration required
  • Tour involves walking two miles, standing, and going up and down steep steps at Second Baptist Church
  • Wearing of Covid protection masks inside of Second Baptist Church required.


Narrated tour and People Mover tokens

Not included


What to bring

Dress for the weather and wear comfy walking shoes

Cancellation policy

No refunds on tickets purchased unless tour is cancelled by tour operator.

Looking for something different and exciting to add to your to-do list while visiting Detroit? You’re in the right spot—we have the perfect evening tour planned for you. This interactive tour begins with a powerful reenactment inside the Croghan Street Station, a safe house located in the isolated cellar beneath Second Baptist Church, a house of worship founded by former slaves. It provides a glimpse into the frightening conditions that many freedom seekers endured on their arduous journeys to freedom and the obstacles they had to overcome.

As you covertly make your way through Midnight, you’ll encounter the brave people who risked their lives escaping the horrors of slavery and those who aided them. You’ll get a chance to meet prominent abolitionists and politicians who used their influence to change the course of history and be among the likes of Sojourner Truth, Frederick Douglass, George DeBaptiste, Seymour Finney, Laura Haviland and Senator Jacob Merritt Howard, making this tour a true insight into not only black history but American history.

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