Harlem Walking Tours

Although world famous, Harlem may be New York’s best kept secret with some of the city’s most interesting architecture, food, music and people. Harlem’s history is also one of the city’s most dramatic, having gone through many ethnic, cultural and socioeconomic changes over the past roughly 400 years, which have resulted in a diverse array of places of worship, theaters, homes and eating establishments.

Join Free Tours by Foot uptown on this two hour Harlem tour and discover the streets where Ella Fitzgerald, Duke Ellington and other cutting edge Harlem Renaissance players put American music on the world map, where Cassius Clay became Muhammad Ali and where Fidel Castro slept after being kicked out of a midtown hotel for having chickens in his room.

Come hungry, if you want to treat yourself to some great soul food after the tour!  If food is your avenue for discovery, then consider our Harlem Food Tour.  We’ll also show you some places where you could visit to experience a live gospel service.

Sites we cover on our Harlem Tour:

For more details on what you will see on the tour, be sure to print out and use our self-guided Harlem walking tour map.

Tour information

Harlem Food Tour Sept 10thReservations: Required. Click here to reserve. For groups of 6 or more, please visit our groups page before booking.

Where: Tour starts from the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture (map).  Tour ends outside of the Apollo Theater (map).

Duration: Approximately 2 hours. Tour distance is approximately 1.5 miles (2.5 km)

When: @2pm – Sundays through Friday and @10am on Saturdays (March – December). View our tour calendar.

Cost: This tour is free to take, and you get to decide what, if anything, the tour was worth when it’s done. A name-your-own-price tour is a tour for anyone’s budget.

Language: Tour is in English.