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Harlem Gospel Experience Walking Tour

Tour

Summary

Discover the elements of gospel music as well as its unique cultural and historical roots.

Hear traditional African American gospel music performed at a local church service.

View world-famous Harlem landmarks including the Apollo Theater, Striver’s Row, and the Abyssinian Baptist Church.

Enjoy a neighborhood tour of the cultural capital of Black America and experience the soulful sounds of gospel music.

Explore the streets of greats like Billie Holiday, Malcolm X and Michael Jackson while viewing legendary sites like the Apollo Theater, the Abyssinian Baptist Church, the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Striver’s Row, Hotel Theresa and much more. End your tour with a traditional African American gospel music performance at a service in a local gospel church.

Details

$45 per person

Sundays at 8:30 AM all year-around
Saturdays at 8:30 AM April - October

Foreign Language: Sundays at 8:30 AM in French during March through October

3 - 3.5 hours (1.2 MI / 1.9 KM)

Meeting Place: In front of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture [515 Malcolm X Blvd, New York, NY 10037]

End Point: Harlem gospel church

This tour is wheelchair-accessible.

Out of respect for the congregation hosting us, please dress appropriately and refrain from wearing flip-flops, tank tops or shorts.

This tour is included in the New York Pass, Explorer Pass, and Go City Build Your Own Pass.

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Reviews

"Loved our guide who explained very well the history of Harlem and Gospel. In addition, she was a very good singer. The choice of the church was also great. (Bill de Blasio, mayor of NYC was in the same service)" - perezoso7, Luxembourg

"The Harlem gospel tour was amazing and would highly recommend to anyone going to New York.The tour guide is fantastic with great knowledge" - Neil R, United Kingdom

"We really enjoyed this tour. It was an amazing experience. We saw the Apollo Theater, Striver’s Row, and the Abyssinian Baptist Church. We really enjoyed a neighborhood tour of the cultural capital of Black America and experience the soulful sounds of gospel music. Even if it was very cold, it really worth!" - vassilijn, Italy

Reviews

"Loved our guide who explained very well the history of Harlem and Gospel. In addition, she was a very good singer. The choice of the church was also great. (Bill de Blasio, mayor of NYC was in the same service)" - perezoso7, Luxembourg

"The Harlem gospel tour was amazing and would highly recommend to anyone going to New York.The tour guide is fantastic with great knowledge" - Neil R, United Kingdom

"The guide was fantastic and we had a great day. The tour around Harlem was very informative and the fact that the guide had a beautiful voice and sang for us as part of the tour was just amazing. The gospel in the church was also great." - Christina S, Denmark

"We really enjoyed this tour. It was an amazing experience. We saw the Apollo Theater, Striver’s Row, and the Abyssinian Baptist Church. We really enjoyed a neighborhood tour of the cultural capital of Black America and experience the soulful sounds of gospel music. Even if it was very cold, it really worth!" - vassilijn, Italy

"Took the Harlem Gospel Tour. Loved it! Informative and fun. Truly enjoyed the gospel music and church service on Fathers' Day. Great for us and our teens." - WildTurkey1

Getting Here

Subway Options: 2 or 3 to 135 Street