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New York City: Sunday Harlem Gospel Guided Tour

1. New York City: Sunday Harlem Gospel Guided Tour

Take an inspiring Sunday tour of Harlem to learn the history of the neighborhood, from its origins as a rural Dutch farming community to its transformation into a summer retreat for New York's most prominent families. Hear how public transportation and real estate made Harlem a fashionable district for those fleeing congested Lower Manhattan. Learn about the arrival of African Americans from the southern states during the Great Migration, and how they formed communities to collectively address economic, political and social issues.  Pass landmarks such as Columbia University, the Cotton Club and Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, to name just a few. Discover where Duke Ellington lived on 125th Street, and then join a local congregation for their Sunday service and experience the uplifting power of gospel music.

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

2. 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.

Harlem: Mount Morris Gospel Tour with Brunch

3. Harlem: Mount Morris 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. The Saturday morning tour includes a one-hour live gospel music concert full of hand-clapping, foot-stomping, soulful rhythms. 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.

New York City Harlem Highlights w/ Gospel Concert & Transfer

4. New York City Harlem Highlights w/ Gospel Concert & Transfer

Fill your heart with joy on an incredible tour of Harlem and discover New York City's most exciting neighborhood. Learn its origins as a rural Dutch farming community to its transformation into a summer retreat for the city's most prominent families.  Get an insight into how urban black culture developed following the Great Migration of the early 20th century by African Americans from the southern states. Hear how artists and writers flocked to the area to create the rich cultural landscape of the Harlem Renaissance.  See iconic sights, such as the Apollo Theatre, legendary Cotton Club, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture and Duke Ellington's former apartment. Visit some of Manhattan's oldest homes such as the Morris-Jumel Mansion. Lastly, listen to the beautiful sounds of the ARC Gospel Choir at their mid-week concert and be inspired by their powerful songs of praise.

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.

Central Harlem: Mecca of African-American Culture

6. Central Harlem: Mecca of African-American Culture

Considered the "Mecca" for African-Americans during the 20s and 30s, Central Harlem is home to jazz, Lindy Hop, and swing dance. Today, the area continues as one of Harlem's most vibrant neighborhoods for the arts, dining, and shopping. You will learn about the significance of Central Harlem during the Harlem Renaissance and current changes in the neighborhood so that you know about the history and get more of a feel for the area you're strolling around in. See stately homes and historic churches in the historic district. Experience 125th Street, the main shopping corridor in Harlem, where evidence of Harlem's past merges with the Harlem of today. 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

7. 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: Harlem and Bronx Day Tour with Yankees Baseball Game

8. NYC: Harlem and Bronx Day Tour with Yankees Baseball Game

Spend a day exploring Harlem and the Bronx with a tour guide. Visit landmarks in both neighborhoods, including the Apollo Theater and Monument Park. Have lunch in Arthur Avenue Market, tour the Hip Hop Museum and the Yankees Museum, and finish with a baseball game at Yankee Stadium. Meet your guide in midtown Manhattan before heading north to Harlem by coach. Learn about the ever-changing history of the neighborhood, including its Dutch origins, its notable inhabitants, and its status as the home of African-American music and culture. Visit historical spots such as Sugar Hill, the Morris-Jumel Mansion, and the famous Apollo Theater, where legendary musicians like Ella Fitzgerald and Sammy Davis Jr. made their debut. From Harlem we cross over to the Bronx a neighborhood made famous by none other than the New York Yankees. First stop the amazing Yankee Stadium. You will tour Yankee stadium and absorb the rich history of the 27-time World Series Champions. Visit Iconic locations such as Monument Park where the greatest legends are enshrined, followed by a visit to the New York Yankees Museum where you will learn all about Yankees heroes, traditions, and milestones along with a "short-stop" near the field to see what the players see when they're under the bright lights.. Pick up a commemorative Yankees baseball cap before heading for lunch at a local favorite spot, Arthur Avenue Market in NYC's so-called "Little Italy". Continue to the Universal Hip Hop Museum. Learn about the hip hop greats, from Run DMC to Biggie and Tupac, and get a personally curated playlist. Finally, head back to Yankee Stadium to watch a live baseball game. Settle into your seat and soak up the atmosphere as you cheer on the Bronx Bombers. Afterward, you'll be transported by coach back to Manhattan.

New York City: Borough Pass to 13 Museums and Attractions

9. New York City: Borough Pass to 13 Museums and Attractions

The sightseeing pass for the sustainable cultural traveler, the New York City Borough Pass is designed to help pass holders explore the neighborhoods, cultures and history of The Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens and Staten Island. The Pass features a roster of local experiences which tell the stories of the people and places of NYC - the Apollo Theater, New York Botanical Garden, MoMA PS1, Alice Austen House Museum and more. Your Pass will provide you with admission to all included attractions along with discounts for the participating performing arts venues. Choose the time duration that works best for you and get ready to see a different side of New York City! Free Admission to: - Alice Austen House - Dyckman Farmhouse Museum - Fraunces Tavern Museum - King Manor Museum - Lewis H. Latimer House Museum - MoMA PS1 - Museum at Eldridge Street - New York Botanical Garden - Rubin Museum of Art - Staten Island Children's Museum - The City Reliquary - The Noble Maritime Collection - The Van Cortlandt House Museum Discounts for: - Amateur Night at the Apollo Theater - Repertorio Español

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What people are saying about Apollo Theater

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 347 reviews

The tour was very good, our guide was informative and funny. The service was moving, we enjoyed it immensely and were only sorry we had to leave before it ended. Thank you very much!

Keith knew a lot!!!! I love the history from Harlem being a top place to live to gentrification and back to rebuilding..

Doris was absolutely wonderful and her knowledge and history of the area was amazing. Thoroughly enjoyed the experience

This was an amazing experience! The guide was exceptionally knowledgeable and the service was brilliant!

Good diverse tour into the 4 Burroughs. Kevin was great!!