Harlem Walking tours

Our most recommended Harlem Walking tours

Harlem: Sunday Gospel Service with Locals

1. Harlem: Sunday Gospel Service with Locals

Discover an iconic scene often captured in film and photographs, beautifully dressed women with impressive hats in Harlem heading to church for Sunday worship. Go beyond the pictures and see how worship and family from an integral part of life and a source of weekly spiritual sustenance. Sunday Gospel in Harlem invites you to be a part of this custom by respectfully joining a local church family for an hour of worship including gospel. Learn neighborhood history and importance of houses of worship. Visit a local church and participate in gospel worship with parishioners. Enjoy a sense of community and camaraderie. See former residences of some of Harlem's notable residents associated with the Harlem Renaissance.

New York City: Mount Morris Harlem Gospel Tour with Brunch

2. New York City: Mount Morris Harlem Gospel Tour with Brunch

Travel to uptown New York for a glorious brunch tour, and experience the uplifting sounds of live gospel music in one of Harlem's more prominent houses of worship. The 4-hour walking tour leads you through the Mount Morris Historic District, where the abundant churches are rich in history, and where the Founding Fathers made their homes. Some of the best-known musicians and entertainers started their journey here. The Sunday morning tour introduces you to the sights and sounds of Harlem at its best, with the soulful sounds of Black Gospel Music. Celebrate with world-famous congregational choirs whose renowned songs will have you jumping in your seat. Feel the spiritual energy flowing through you, and top off your day with the area's best-kept secret - fine dining at affordable prices. Let Harlem's culinary masters tempt you with their authentic ethnic delights at one of the best brunch establishments in the city.

Central Harlem: Mecca of African-American Culture

3. Central Harlem: Mecca of African-American Culture

Considered the "Mecca" for African-Americans at the turn of the century, Central Harlem is home to jazz, lindy hop and swing. The area continues to be one of Harlem’s most vibrant for the arts, dining and shopping. You can learn about the significance of Central Harlem during the Harlem Renaissance, Civil Rights era and current development of area, so that you know about the history and get more of a feel for the area you're strolling around in. Take a wonder along 125th shopping corridor, visit the African Market – "Little Senegal", and see stately homes and architecture in the historic district. Also, see and learn about the Apollo Theater, Speaker’s Corner, Hotel Theresa and other sites contributing to the rich and diverse history and legacy of Harlem.

New York City: Walk This Way Harlem Hip Hop Walking Tour

4. New York City: Walk This Way Harlem Hip Hop Walking Tour

Take advantage of a great opportunity to walk through the beautiful streets of Harlem guided by a hip hop historian. Take a guided tour through the Mecca of Black Culture and get a chance to stop by many of the city's most remarkable sites. See the Apollo Theater, the legendary 125th Street, and many other influential political and cultural sites the Empire State has to offer. Not only will you walk around, but the Museum of the City of New York is a must-see and your pass is good all day. If you're ready to be out and about in the heart of New York City, then Walk This Way for a knowledgeable experience guaranteed!

New York City: Harlem Renaissance Walking Tour with Lunch

5. New York City: Harlem Renaissance Walking Tour with Lunch

Embark on a journey through present-day Harlem to see the people and places that helped create the Harlem Renaissance, and discover why this period in American history was so magical and important for African-American culture. During the 3-hour walking tour, you will discover where Jungle Alley was, and learn why 135th Street was such a crucial area during the Harlem Renaissance. Along the way, see wonderful theaters, ballrooms, and churches that were jumping during the Renaissance. Your guide will bring the history alive as they tell stories of the most influential individuals, from the writers Langston Hughes and Zora Neal Hurston, to jazz legends such as Duke Ellington. Hear about the cook Lillian Harris Dean and why she took the name “Pig Foot Mary.” Discover how Madame CJ Walker made her millions, and explore Harlem in art form via the artist Jacob Lawrence and photographer James Van Der Zee. Once the walking tour comes to a close, you will be treated to a delicious lunch at a local restaurant to experience life in Harlem today.

New York City: Harlem Civil Rights Walking Tour with Lunch

6. New York City: Harlem Civil Rights Walking Tour with Lunch

Walk the streets of Harlem on this guided tour and gain a deeper understanding of its role during the Civil Rights Movement. Visit significant sights and learn about the individuals who protested, marched, fought for, and even died during this monumental time in history. Meet your guide and get ready to walk from 116th Street uptown to the 137th area. Learn about Harlem's proud contribution to the Civil Rights Movement along the way. Hear about the critical events that took place in Harlem, pertinent to the movement. On this tour visit the original Temple No. 7, the Blumstein Department Store, Mother A.M.E. Zion Church, and Abyssinian Baptist Church. Also get to know the pivotal people of this time like Malcolm X, A. Philip Randolph, Josephine Baker, Adam Clayton Powell, Jr., Roy Wilkins, W.E.B. DuBois, Walter White, Wyatt Tee Walker, James Weldon Johnson, John Carlos, Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee, Bayard Rustin, and Paul Robeson. Your tour of Harlem also includes lunch at a local establishment.

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What people are saying about Harlem

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 87 reviews

the guide was very passionate and knowledgeable, it was nice to walk around the neighborhood discovering little hidden gems. The tour is of the right duration and although it is a walking tour it is not long and not tired. The only flaw is that it should be indicated that the end of the experience is not at the starting point, but only to be able to organize the rest of the day in an optimal way. The Haarlem district is worth seeing and getting to know through small anecdotes and stories that could not be discovered without a guide. Our guide also conveyed passion for what he was doing

Very informative and very enjoyable. The area is outstanding and the history is important to understand. Our guides Carolyn and Debbie were so very knowledgeable and passionate for the area. The gospel choir great and lunch was amazing.

Our guide Doris is sensational... She made the tour an experience for us! The gospel service was very nice... However, I would have liked the other participants in the service to listen respectfully instead of talking constantly!

If you are in the area and wanted to learn more about Harlem, this will be a good way to learn. Jonathan is well knowledgeable of the area - GREAT Tour Guide.

Very informative and enjoyable. We were lucky as we were the only two on the tour so had Doris all to ourselves, she was so good.