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Harlem Tours

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Harlem
This uptown New York City neighborhood caught the public’s attention in the 1920s with the Harlem Renaissance—an explosion of African-American art, literature, and music. Though it has been subject to gentrification, the district remains a cultural powerhouse with jazz clubs, theaters, and soul food restaurants tucked away among old brownstones. 

The Basics
Many tourists in New York City find themselves strolling the streets of Harlem. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard (125th Street), Harlem’s main thoroughfare, holds many of the area’s top attractions including the Apollo Theater and the Studio Museum in Harlem. But to really get to know this part of Upper Manhattan, explore in the company of a tour guide. Walking tours focus on different aspects of its musical heritage—think hip-hop, Harlem gospel, and jazz—as well as Harlem’s history.

Other Harlem tours revolve around food, movie and TV filming locations, and the district’s swing-dance scene. Many tours make stops at notable religious structures, including the as-yet-unfinished Cathedral of St. John the Divine, the lively Abyssinian Baptist Church, and the Rockefeller-built Riverside Church.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Harlem is a must-visit for fans of African-American culture.
  • Wear comfortable shoes and expect to do quite a lot of walking, as Harlem covers a relatively large section of Upper Manhattan. 
  • Curb ramps are commonplace, making much of Harlem accessible to wheelchair users.

How to Get There
Harlem is located in Upper Manhattan. The New York City neighborhood begins at the northern boundary of Central Park between Fifth Avenue and Manhattan Avenue. Harlem’s east-west boundaries widen as you travel north, eventually extending from the Harlem River all the way to the Hudson River. To get to the heart of Harlem, ride the A, B, D, 2, or 3 train to 125th Street. 

When to Get There
Harlem is fun to explore at any time, though the subway trip is probably best avoided during the crowded morning and evening rush hours. On Sundays, you can hear the strains of gospel music emerging from the neighborhood’s many places of worship. Friday and Saturday evenings are best for nightlife. 

Key Historic Sights in Harlem
For a glimpse into the Harlem of old, head for Strivers’ Row, also known as St. Nicholas Historic District. Situated on West 138th and 139th Streets between Frederick Douglass and Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevards, this row of elegant 19th-century townhouses has been home to countless historic figures including Scott Joplin and Eubie Blake. Harlem also boasts what is arguably New York’s most glorious cathedral, the Cathedral of St. John the Divine—an immense stone construction blending Romanesque, Gothic, and neo-Gothic elements. 
Address: 10027, USA
Admission: Free
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Recent Reviews from Experiences in New York City

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Jazz
Anders A
, Apr 2019
Very interesting to visit a private house, where the livingroom was transformed to a Jazzhouse! If you have not seen Jazz before, this is the way to start :-)
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jazz a harlem
Trek22476856954
, Mar 2019
Nous avons passe un excellent moment dans un cadre tres agreable Nous avons ecoute de la belle musique en compagnie d un public international et sympatiqueann Nous avons mange de bonnes choses Accueil tres chaleureux Je recommande

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Harlem Safe House Jazz Parlor TicketCity Packages

Harlem Safe House Jazz Parlor Ticket

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Enjoy an intimate jazz performance with tickets to the Harlem Safe House Jazz Parlor, a live, monthly concert presented by Harlem-resident Craig Harris. Experience Harlem’s most distinctive sounds in a historic brownstone home, with small bites, wine and dessert. Mingle with local artists and music lovers before the 2-hour performance, and savor the special atmosphere of Harlem’s cutting-edge arts community.
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  • 2 hours
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Harlem Wednesday-Morning Gospel TourHalf-day Tours

Harlem Wednesday-Morning Gospel Tour

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Discover the vibrant history and musical legacy of Harlem on this exclusive insider’s gospel tour. Stroll past beautiful brownstones while learning about Harlem’s famous former residents and take part in an uplifting Wednesday morning service featuring the talented ARC gospel choir, which supports drug addiction recovery programs within the community. Upgrade to include lunch at Sylvia’s, a local eatery renowned for serving up some of the best soul food in New York.
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  • 4 hours
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  • 4 hours
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Evening Harlem Jazz TourHalf-day Tours

Evening Harlem Jazz Tour

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Watch Harlem come alive after dark with a 3.5-hour evening tour to historic churches, landmarks and one of the neighborhood’s best jazz spots. Walk with your guide along vibrant Adam Clayton Powell Boulevard, and learn about the cultural heritage of Harlem’s night clubs and gospel churches. Spot some of New York City’s distinctive brownstone architecture as you walk, then finish your evening at a live jazz club, where some of today’s best artists play tunes by Harlem’s music greats.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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Harlem Soul Food and Jazz Evening TourHalf-day Tours

Harlem Soul Food and Jazz Evening Tour

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Delve into the musical legacy of Harlem with an exclusive insider’s jazz tour plus a live show at one of the neighborhood’s iconic venues. See Harlem landmarks like the Apollo Theater and Savoy Ballroom, and savor a preshow meal of soul food at Sylvia’s restaurant. After dinner, head to one of Harlem’s hottest nightspots for a live show featuring a 1920s swing ensemble or a modern rhythm and blues or jazz act.
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Boroughs Tour: Harlem, Bronx, Queens, Brooklyn and Coney IslandDay Trips

Boroughs Tour: Harlem, Bronx, Queens, Brooklyn and Coney Island

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Take a break from Manhattan’s major tourist zones on a day trip through Harlem, the Bronx, Queens, Brooklyn, and Coney Island. Avoid the hassle of planning logistics, and enjoy the views as your guide navigates the way through neighborhoods often missed by visitors. Going with a guide also ensures you spot hidden landmarks and leave with an insider’s understanding of New York’s outer boroughs.
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  • 5 to 7 hours
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  • 5 to 7 hours
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Harlem Gospel Sunday TourHalf-day Tours

Harlem Gospel Sunday Tour

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Experience the rich cultural legacy of Harlem and the soul-stilling rhythms of gospel on an immersive Sunday morning tour. Travel through the northern Manhattan neighborhood with a guide while learning about the history of the area and its landmarks like the Apollo Theater, Sugar Hill and Columbia University. Then, join a local Baptist congregation for a Sunday service featuring the exuberant vocals of a live gospel choir. 
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  • 4 hours
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Harlem Hip-Hop Walking TourCity Packages

Harlem Hip-Hop Walking Tour

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Harlem’s contributions to hip-hop are unmatched, and on this guided walking tour led by a hip-hop historian, you can check out important landmarks like the Apollo Theater, the Graffiti Wall of Fame, Lenox Lounge, and historic Harlem jazz clubs. See popular locations for hip-hop music videos and hear exclusive stories. Admission to the Museum of the City of New York is included.
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Central Harlem African-American Culture Walking TourCity Packages

Central Harlem African-American Culture Walking Tour

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Harlem has long been an important center of African-American culture and history, as well as the heart of New York's Jazz scene. On this walking tour, dive into Harlem's rich heritage as you explore the area with a local guide. Admire the district's elegant brownstones, visit a local market in Little Senegal, and see landmarks such as Apollo Theater, Speaker’s Corner, and Hotel Theresa.
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Harlem Walking Tour: Mount Morris Park Historic District w/ LunchHalf-day Tours

Harlem Walking Tour: Mount Morris Park Historic District w/ Lunch

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Explore Harlem’s most vibrant neighborhoods with this insider's walking tour of 125th street and the Mount Morris Historic District. Follow your guide through Harlem’s elegant architecture as you learn the story of the intellectuals and artists that ignited the Harlem Renaissance. See ‘Doctor’s Row,’ where preserved brownstone homes evoke New York City’s gilded age, hear the echoes of groundbreaking performances at the Apollo Theater, then finish your tour with lunch at a local restaurant.
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Harlem Civil Rights Multimedia Walking TourCity Packages

Harlem Civil Rights Multimedia Walking Tour

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Step back in time, and learn about a key period in Harlem’s history, when you embark on this walking tour of the neighborhood. Meet your guide, a longtime Harlem resident, and set off. You’ll be following in the footsteps of former neighborhood residents like Malcolm X and Adam Clayton Powell Jr., and will learn all about Harlem’s role in the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 60s. Your guide will also share videos, photos, and other multimedia pieces of history as you explore.
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Harlem-Bronx Small Group Bike TourDay Trips

Harlem-Bronx Small Group Bike Tour

Experience some of New York City’s less touristy corners with this two-wheeled excursion in Harlem and the Bronx. Embark on a 25 mile journey from 129th Street and enjoy activities that include exploring Manhattan’s historic black neighborhood, cruising by the Bronx Zoo, marveling at Alexander Hamilton’s home, capturing memorable photos of the Apollo Theater, and checking out the Edgar Allan Poe Cottage.
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New York City Sightseeing Tour by CoachHalf-day Tours

New York City Sightseeing Tour by Coach

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See as much as you can in fast-moving New York on this comprehensive 5-hour coach sightseeing tour of the Big Apple’s top attractions. Listen to live commentary as you tackle NYC from top to bottom, starting with Uptown highlights like Harlem and the Dakota (once home to John Lennon) before heading towards downtown. After admiring the Flatiron and Empire State Buildings, catch a glimpse of Greenwich Village and Soho and beholding the Brooklyn Bridge. Make sure to watch for the new World Trade Center as you head back to Herald Square.
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Private Sightseeing Tour in New York City with SUVDay Trips

Private Sightseeing Tour in New York City with SUV

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Skip the crowded tourist buses and avoid the hassle of group tours. This private tour, exclusively for your party, takes you around New York City in an SUV, just like a local. You'll see top sights and learn all about the places of this diverse and fascinating city.
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Harlem Gospel and Brunch TourHalf-day Tours

Harlem Gospel and Brunch Tour

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New York City’s Harlem neighborhood is a must-see area of the city. Pack in a walking tour, gospel service, and brunch all into one day and save time planning individual activities. Walk through the heart of the Mount Morris Historic District; see the storied historic theater; and then attend a local gospel service to clap and sing along to classic Harlem melodies. Finish your tour with brunch at a local restaurant.
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Harlem Renaissance Walking Tour with LunchHalf-day Tours

Harlem Renaissance Walking Tour with Lunch

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Explore the landmarks of the Harlem renaissance on a 3-hour walking tour with lunch at a local restaurant. Follow in the footsteps of Langston Hughes, Duke Ellington, and Zora Neale Hurston as you stroll through Jungle Alley and history-infused 135th Street, and hear stories about the New York City intellectuals and artists that put Harlem on the world stage. Stop to visit scenic highlights and monuments, then finish your tour with lunch in the heart of the neighborhood. 
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Harlem Gospel Multimedia Walking TourHalf-day Tours

Harlem Gospel Multimedia Walking Tour

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New York City's Harlem neighborhood is booming with history, but if you’re exploring on your own, you might miss out on some key details of the area. This Harlem gospel multimedia walking tour takes you to a gospel-accompanied church service and shows you around Harlem with a guide who’s lived in the neighborhood their whole life. Plus, you’ll start with a light breakfast and watch a video before you set out.
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Harlem Afternoon Jazz Walking TourHalf-day Tours

Harlem Afternoon Jazz Walking Tour

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Go straight to the heart of Harlem’s history, culture, and jazz heritage in way tricky to do on your own on this afternoon walking tour. Skip the research involved in DIY sightseeing, and let a guide show you the neighborhood's best bits. See landmarks, admire 19th-century brownstones, and visit a church for a live jazz concert celebrating Harlem’s greatest performers—an event difficult to find without a guide’s local knowledge.
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Harlem Gospel Experience Walking Tour in EnglishHalf-day Tours

Harlem Gospel Experience Walking Tour in English

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Harlem is an important center of African-American culture and the district's gospel choirs are legendary. On this walking tour, explore the New York City neighborhood like a local; follow in the footsteps of Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X; and stop at the famous Apollo Theater, where some of America’s most iconic artists ignited the Harlem renaissance. End the morning attending a traditional gospel choir performance at a local church.
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Harlem on Sunday Tour with Church Visit and Gospel Choir PerformanceHalf-day Tours

Harlem on Sunday Tour with Church Visit and Gospel Choir Performance

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Harlem is one of New York's liveliest neighborhoods and a hub of African American history, culture, cuisine, and traditions. On this tour, discover Harlem landmarks such as Sugar Hill, Striver's Row and the Abyssinian Baptist Church; learn about the Harlem Renaissance; and see the homes of famous black writers, politicians and historical figures. Plus attend a Sunday service at a local church and hear one of Harlem's famous gospel choirs perform live.
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Private Harlem Tour in New YorkHalf-day Tours

Private Harlem Tour in New York

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Discover Harlem's top attractions during a walking tour. Known as a hub for African-American arts since the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s, the iconic neighborhood is home to the legendary Apollo Theater, the Abyssinian Baptist Church, the Studio Museum of Harlem, Sylvia's Soul Food restaurant, and architectural masterpieces such as Striver's Row, Shepard Hall at the City College of New York, and the Hamilton Grange National Memorial.
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Harlem Renaissance Multimedia Walking TourCity Packages

Harlem Renaissance Multimedia Walking Tour

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Step back in time, and follow in the footsteps of some of Harlem’s most celebrated former residents, when you embark on a small-group walking tour. As you explore, you’ll learn all about the Harlem Renaissance: the explosive period of artistic and intellectual development that forever changed the neighborhood. Listen to music from the 1920s as you go, and hear stories about figures the likes of Billie Holiday, Duke Ellington, and Langston Hughes. You’ll also visit key neighborhood sights, including the Apollo Theater.
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Harlem Walking Tour and Swing DanceCity Packages

Harlem Walking Tour and Swing Dance

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Lace up your dancing shoes and prepare to shake a leg during this dancing-themed walking tour and class in New York’s Harlem neighborhood. Ideal for dance and pop culture enthusiasts, the guided tour shows you a side of New York City that most tourists miss. Plus, the accessible, beginner-friendly class welcomes first-timers and swing-dance aficionados alike.
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Harlem Highlights Guided Bike TourMountain Bike Tours

Harlem Highlights Guided Bike Tour

Explore the Manhattan neighborhood of Harlem on a leisurely bike tour with a guide who introduces you to area's historical and cultural sights. Cycle up to Croton Aqueduct Gate House, toward Striver's Row, past the Schomburg Center, and more. Gain insight into the rich and diverse history of the region from your guide as you pedal around.
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Harlem gospelHalf-day Tours

Harlem gospel

Visit the northernmost places of the island of Manhattan to that great Harlem district, to get to know the rich African-American culture and also be able to share with them a Sunday in their church to see the melodic choirs.
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First African Food Tour in Harlem Half-day Tours

First African Food Tour in Harlem

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Join Linda, a food biologist and teacher turned food entrepreneur, born and raised in Congo on this one-of-a-kind tour. Taste staple dishes from East to West African countries, and learn about the differences in spices, styles, and ingredients for each region. Little Senegal is home to locally owned restaurants serving various traditional African cuisines. Hear the story of how this cultural hub found its place in the heart of Harlem. Experience highlights: •2-3 hour tour with 5 unique stops •Sample bites from different African cuisines •Recommended: comfortable walking shoes & a bottle of water "Stops": •Ghana •Senegal •Somalia •Ivory Coast •Contemporary Pan-African EatWith is the world’s leading community for authentic food experiences with locals, in 130+ countries. Through dinner parties, supper clubs, cooking classes, and food tours in private homes and special venues, EatWith connects hand-selected local hosts with travelers seeking unique, immersive food experiences.
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Frequently Asked Questions

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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Should I book Harlem tickets in advance?
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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Harlem can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund. See all 47 Harlem tickets and tours on Viator.
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How much does it cost to visit Harlem 2020?
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Currently, an entrance ticket to Harlem costs USD 65.00. Guided Harlem tours start around USD 65.00 per person. See all 47 Harlem tickets and tours on Viator.
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