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New York: Harlem Renaissance Walking Tour with Lunch

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

2. 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!

NYC: Contrasts & Color Bus Tour of Bronx, Brooklyn, & Queens

3. NYC: Contrasts & Color Bus Tour of Bronx, Brooklyn, & Queens

Experience New York City beyond Manhattan on this contrasts and color themed bus tour that visits Bronx, Brooklyn, and Queens. Learn about the art, history, and culture of the city alongside a NYC expert guide. Start your tour in the heart of Manhattan near Times Square. Meet your guide and board the tour bus to the historic Harlem neighborhood, famous for its African American roots, food, and more. After a stop at the Apollo Theater Walk of Fame, continue to the Bronx, birthplace of hip hop and rap. See Yankees Stadium and learn about baseball in the city. Head off to see graffiti murals unique to this borough. Next, visit Queens, the largest borough and home to NYC’s largest Chinatown. Stop to see Flushing Meadows Corona Park, originally developed to host the 1939 World’s Fair and then the 1946 World’s Fair. See memorable monuments, Citi Field, and other spots at this scenic park. Leaving Queens, travel to Bushwick Collective in Brooklyn, currently NYC’s most prolific neighborhood for street art and graffiti murals. It’s a foodie destination, too, so take a break and grab some food if you’re hungry. In Brooklyn, see the distinct shops, fashion, and eateries of the Hasidic Jewish community that is currently thriving in Williamsburg. Get a chance to appreciate their unique culture. Moving on, from the Dumbo neighborhood and Brooklyn Bridge Park, see the picturesque Brooklyn Bridge, the longest suspension bridge in the world at the time it was built. Enjoy views of the Manhattan skyline. End your tour in Little Italy. Enjoy this lively cultural district while exploring on your own. Grab dinner, go shopping, or find something else to do to your liking.

Central Harlem: Mecca of African-American Culture

4. 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.

Planning Your Visit

  • Attend Amateur Night

    The Apollo still hosts their famed Amateur Nights. They're one of the venue's most popular events so check their schedule and book your ticket in advance to snag a seat to this musical highlight.

  • Grab a bite to eat

    If you hope to cap your night of soulful music with some authentic soul food, the area around The Apollo is brimming with excellent restaurants. The landmark restaurant Sylvia's is located two blocks away!

Good to know

  • When should I visit?
    Box Office open Monday - Saturday 10:00AM - 6:00PM, Sunday 12:00PM - 5:00PM
  • Is it expensive?
    Tickets vary based on the event.
  • Will I need a guide?
    Guides are not necessary for events.
  • How to get there
    On NYC Subway take the A, B, C, or D train to 125th Street and walk east to reach the theater.
  • Additional information

    • Purchase at least 2 tickets and receive a 30% discount.

    • Sign up for the Apollo A-list and receive emails providing advance notice on shows.

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What people are saying about Apollo Theater

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 220 reviews

The guide is a long time resident of Harlem and wonderfully suited to tell the cultural history. She covers historical buildings, people of the area and happenings. If you are an older adult, these are things you have heard about and will find it interesting to know more, If you are younger, you will find it interesting to hear for the first time. The neighborhood lunch restaurant offers a great tasty lunch w good selection.

We were up from Virginia for the Fourth of July. Reggie Reg true Hip Hop Icon as a rapper from the 80s was our tour guide. The tour was amazing and he showed us a lot of culture and hip hop from art, music and history. Great tour.

Informative professionally guided tour with lots of information about the 3 different locations (Queens, Bronx, Brooklyn). Funny guide, highly recommended. Many stops were made to take photos and take a walk.

Our tour guide Jorge and our bus driver Elvis designed and organized the tour to be super, fun and great! We had a very interesting day with lots of information and funny tips! (:

Excellent visit. The guide's speech is easily understandable for non-English speakers.