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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
$82.00 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Great tour
One of our best days in NY, we loved this tour Carols was our tour guide and he was so nice and gave a lot of information on your , perfect time in all the boroughs , we stopped off at places and he gave us a chance to take pictures ,would really recommend this make sure to stop off at Nathan’s nicest hot dog
Georgia_F, Jan 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in New York City

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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
Highly recommended.
Martha_R, Nov 2021
Harlem Civil Rights Multimedia Walking Tour
I learned so much about the Civil Rights history of Harlem along with fascinating aspects of its economic and cultural history. A great experience. Neal knows the community so well.
star-4
Don't waste your time.
Lalita_W, Nov 2021
Harlem Sightseeing Tour
What can I say about tour? Well, our tour guide(Jack)was very knowledgeable about the history of Harlem. He pointed out various sights and neighborhoods and provided us with the history of those sites. He was also very considerate and accommodating in slowing his pace for those that struggled with the walk. But now for the tour itself, I was very disappointed because the sites that I wanted to see no longer exist. So I spent 3 hours walking around in the ghetto.
star-5
Harlem Insights for All
LaConda_M, Oct 2021
Harlem Gospel Multimedia Walking Tour
Our tour guide was excellent. He gave a real, enthusiastic and optimistic guide of Harlem. I learned a great deal ad am excited to share. The worship service is exactly what I needed. It lifted my spirits. I would recommend to all. It is well worth the money.
star-5
Boroughs of NY
Brenda_R, Dec 2021
Boroughs of NYC: Harlem, Bronx, Queens, Brooklyn & Coney Island
Our guide Jorge was excelente. We saw the boroughs of NY. I love 💕 everything. We went to the Bronx ,ate a delicious empanadas.We went to Harlem, Brooklyn Bridge .The only stop that was not good for me was Coney Island but because is winter not for nothing bad about the tour. 7hrs full of history. Thanks, Jorge
star-5
Amazing
Natasha_B, Oct 2021
Harlem Hip-Hop Walking Tour
Awesome! Learned alot about Harlem and it was amazing hanging with one of Hip Hop Legends. Reggie Reg of Crash Crew!
star-4
Bucket list- visit to Harlem NY
Leslye_A, Oct 2021
Harlem Gospel and Brunch Tour
I enjoyed walking thru the park where Summer of Soul was filmed. I loved the vendors selling vintage books. I am excited that a Contemporary African American Art Museum is under construction and a large hotel. I loved being able to see the Empire State Building from Harlem. I wish the brunch offered Soul Food, but it didn’t.
star-5
Don’t Miss This Historical Treat
Helaine_S, Sep 2021
Harlem Hip-Hop Walking Tour
The most memorable parts of the tour were Spanish Harlem and Black Lives Matter. Reggie is a hip hop historian and is able to transport you back to that place in time as he shares the stories of hip hop history.
star-5
A great tour with an amazing tour-guide
Michael_W, Sep 2021
Harlem Walking Tour: Mount Morris Park Historic District w/ Lunch
Amazing tour, with such a great guide. Really enjoyed every minute and would recommend for anyone trying to learn more about Harlem. A+
star-5
Amazing tour of Harlem
Marla_G, Sep 2021
Private Harlem Tour in New York with Local Expert Guide
Monia Bonaldo was a fantastic tour guide! She had an encyclopedic knowledge of Harlem, the history, and the culture. She was delightful and personable and entertaining.
star-5
A very enjoyable and informative experience
Alexander_F, Aug 2021
Harlem Gospel Multimedia Walking Tour
Neal (our tour guide) did an outstanding job delivering, in his unique way, a very informative historical perspective on Harlem. The church gospel experience was very enjoyable as well. Definitely a worth while experience
star-5
Fantastic Tour
Roberto_S, Oct 2021
Boroughs of NYC: Harlem, Bronx, Queens, Brooklyn & Coney Island
Tour guide knowledge and service, Great plan and bus cleanliness Fully recommended to cover the uptown area

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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