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 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.

Sites we cover on the tour:

  • Abyssinian Baptist Church
  • Apollo Theater
  • Sites related to Malcolm X
  • Headquarters of William J. Clinton Foundation
  • Schomberg Center
  • Sylvia’s Soul-food Restaurant
  • Strivers Row
  • and much more!

Be sure to print out and use our self-guided Harlem walking tour map.

Tour information

Reservations: REQUIRED. Click here to reserve. Groups of 6 or more must contact us before booking.

Where: Tour starts from the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.  Please use our Google map for directions to the tour starting point.  Tour ends outside of the Apollo Theater (map).

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

When: View our 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.

Start: To Be Provided Upon Reservation

End: Apollo Theater (map)
Closest Subway: 125th St (A, B, C, D)