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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
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Boroughs of NYC: Harlem, Bronx, Queens, Brooklyn & Coney Island
$103.00 per adult
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Highly recommend
Jorge and Kevin were great! The bus was comfortable and safe and we learned and saw a lot on the tour! Would highly recommend.
Rachel_M, May 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in New York City

star-5
Super informative and fascinating tour
Thomas_G, May 2022
Central Harlem African-American Culture Walking Tour
What we’ll remember: Our guide’s amazing knowledge and ability to convey the info and stories about Harlem’s history and culture.
star-5
Awesome tour
Marico_S, May 2022
Central Harlem African-American Culture Walking Tour
Our tour guide (I forgot his name) was great. He was very knowledgeable about the Central Harlem era. The tour was great.
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-4
Heartfelt tour of Harlem
CORNELIA_H, May 2022
Harlem Walking Tour: Mount Morris Park Historic District w/ Lunch
Our tour guide, Debbi, was wonderful. She filled in at the last moment for another tour guide. She is a very, very knowledgeable resident of Harlem. Her expertise is architecture and local history. She really opened our eyes to looking up and appreciating the brownstones and houses of religion in the community. At the end of the trip she walked us to the bus stop and stayed until the bus departed. She has a very beautiful and giving spirit!!
star-5
Excellent tour
april_w, May 2022
Harlem Hip-Hop Walking Tour
Reggie Reg was an excellent tour guide I learned a lot and had a lot of fun. The historical information about hip hop and harlem was phenomenal.
star-4
Praising God for whom all blessings flow 🙏
Theresa_C, Apr 2022
Harlem Wednesday-Morning Gospel Tour
I’ve been to New York several times, this was by far the most enjoyable enlightening trip. My adult children and my young grands will be returning to visit Harlem in the near future .
star-5
Book the tour!
LaToya_V, Apr 2022
Harlem Hip-Hop Walking Tour
This tour was well worth it! A lot of walking but such an amazing experience to learn so much about Hip Hop & Harlem. Highly recommend :)
star-5
A must-do for New York lovers who have never ventured beyond 125th Street!
Michael_F, Mar 2022
Harlem Renaissance Walking Tour with Lunch
Outstanding immersion experience of The Harlem Renaissance. Bibliophiles can’t say they’ve been to Harlem until they’ve walked the streets that Langston Hughes and James Baldwin did. Highly recommend 📚
star-5
A NYC must do
Robin_D, Feb 2022
Harlem Civil Rights Multimedia Walking Tour
The best walking tour I have ever been on. Neil is very knowledgeable and socially engaged. He is friendly, sincere and generous. He sees the bigger picture now and through time. Really appreciate the detail of his knowledge and how he weaves major historical events with his personal experiences and connections to Harlem. The tour is full of nuance and detail at just the right tempo.
star-5
Harlem Gospel Brunch Tour
Karen_C, Dec 2021
Harlem Gospel and Brunch Tour
Learning the history of Harlem & seeing where it began is valuable! It's a tremendous educational experience!
star-5
Emmanuel, our tour guide,...
MaryAnne_G, May 2022
Boroughs of NYC: Harlem, Bronx, Queens, Brooklyn & Coney Island
Emmanuel, our tour guide, was a wealth of information! Very enjoyable and educational tour. The bus was comfortable and clean and our driver was outstanding too.
star-5
Awesome
Tearalla_H, May 2022
Boroughs of NYC: Harlem, Bronx, Queens, Brooklyn & Coney Island
Awesome driver and tour guide. Learned some good new york history of Boroughs. Interesting housing history. Bus Cleaned

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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