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Harlem

110th to 150th streets, 10027

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.

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Boroughs of NYC: Harlem, Bronx, Queens, Brooklyn & Coney Island
Boroughs of NYC: Harlem, Bronx, Queens, Brooklyn & Coney Island
$89.00 per adult
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Out your guide was very...
Out your guide was very knowledgeable. She gave wonderful information as we traveled throughout different areas. She also gave entertaining personal anecdotes about her two decades living in the area
Louis_B, Aug 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in New York City

star-5
Interesting experience
MMagdalena_R, Aug 2022
Harlem Gospel Multimedia Walking Tour
Interesting experience to learn a little about Harlem and about the baptist practices. August 7 we could see the annual christening party at the street. Very impressive.
star-5
Mount Morris Park Walk
Carol_P, Jul 2022
Harlem Walking Tour: Mount Morris Park Historic District w/ Lunch
Surrounded by the architecture of beautiful brownstones, Carolyn, our guide, shared many informative facts about Harlem and related the impact of historic events on this vibrant neighborhood. Our parting meal was a delicious soulful lunch, down the street for the Apollo Theater! We had a fantastic walk! Thank you, Carolyn!
star-5
History, hip hop, and an education on gentrification
Roman_T, Jul 2022
Harlem Hip-Hop Walking Tour
Tour guide expertly combines hip hop culture and the history of Harlem, with the real world reality of gentrification happening right in front of you. Very cool.
star-5
From tv to real life
Keldric_C, Jul 2022
Harlem Highlights Guided Bike Tour
Watching Godfather of Harlem and then riding a bike through Harlem was unbelievable!!! Down MLK BLVD to passing the Apollo to seeing a statue of Adam Clayton Powell.
star-5
A really good experience
Susan_H, Jul 2022
Harlem Gospel and Brunch Tour
Excellent guided walking tour of Harlem by a knowledgeable and fun guide. Then a visit to a neighbourhood church where there was fabulous singing and an uplifting sermon. Finally a super brunch in a local restaurant.
star-5
Fantastic experience
Claudia_B, Jun 2022
Harlem Civil Rights Multimedia Walking Tour
Neal’s personal knowledge and love of Harlem made this a not-to-miss experience. We learned so much beyond just history. Highly recommend this tour.
star-5
Historical landmarks and Insider scoop!
Mlissa_S, Jun 2022
Harlem Renaissance Walking Tour with Lunch
Having prior knowledge of the Harlem Renaissance made this tour very exciting to see historical sites, art and references in person! Our tour guide Doris has a very personal connection to Harlem and lots of insider perspective and pop culture history and tidbits to share!
star-5
A great day to remember.
Nancy_E, May 2022
Harlem Gospel and Brunch Tour
We all really enjoyed out tour leaders Caroline and Jonathan.. they were so knowledgeable and answered our questions plus they were fun. I sure gave me a very different idea and perception 0f what Harlem was like. Often movies give a -laa different and sometime bad idea 0f an area. I would certainly choose to live in the part of Harlem that we saw over the busy, loud Manhattan. The restaurant was excellent. Quiet, so we could really enjoy each others company and good food.
star-5
A rich history of Harlem made even better by our fantastic tour guide.
Jenny_T, May 2022
Central Harlem African-American Culture Walking Tour
We really enjoyed the tour and learning more about the rich history of Harlem. But what made it really fantastic was our tour guide, Jonathon. He was so knowledgable and kind. He made sure the group didn't cause any problems for those who reside in the area. He also remembered all of our names and where we were from! He spoke several languages and was able to communicate with those in the group who were from other countries. Very impressive.
star-5
Vibrant, rich Harlem!
Jennifer_N, May 2022
Private Harlem Tour in New York with Local Expert Guide
I really enjoyed learning more about Harlem from and its' incredible history, on all scores (historical, cultural, architectural), and John was a great tour host.
star-5
Educational experience for me and my children.
Andre_B, Jul 2022
Harlem Hip-Hop Walking Tour
RayZa was the perfect guide for our hip hop tour experience. He was energetic and very personable. You can feel his passion for hip hop and the culture as a whole as he described Harlem's history and the current state of the neighborhood. I went on this tour with two of my kids (ages 8 & 16)and they both had a blast. I will definitely recommend this experience to anyone I know is planning on visiting the city.
star-5
Great trip
helmo, Jul 2022
Boroughs of NYC: Harlem, Bronx, Queens, Brooklyn & Coney Island
Great tour ,got to see lots in heavy traffic ,would like longer stops in harlem ect, but saw much more than o a hop on off bus
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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