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Harlem Heritage Tours

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Address: 104 Malcolm X Boulevard, New York City, NY 10026
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+1 212-280-7888
9:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 6:00 pm

Harlem Heritage Tours was founded in 1998 to use the industry of tourism as...

Harlem Heritage Tours was founded in 1998 to use the industry of tourism as a tool to preserve Harlem's history and to contribute to the development of our local economy. Tours are conducted by those who were born and raised in Harlem, providing visitors with and nsiders view of our culture. Harlem Heritage Tours strives to provide the most innovation experiences in tourism and with the tech advances of modern day, it's been fun to create new tours. We look forward to seeing you in Harlem.

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Dr Harlem and the soul of Harlem

Harlem is a truly wonderful area, rich in history and religion, affected by poverty and violence and now battling to help the residents grow and achieve more in life. Dr Harlem... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Harlem is a truly wonderful area, rich in history and religion, affected by poverty and violence and now battling to help the residents grow and achieve more in life. Dr Harlem (Neal) is the best our guide ever, at 88 years old he managed to leave the group behind, he is a sprightly and lovely man, full of life and... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 29, 2016

Me, my sister and parents had a great time on the Harlem Gospel Choir Walking Tour, we booked our tickets the day before on this website. We went on a walking tour for about 1hr and then went to the The Abyssinian Baptist Church for an amazing service. The Gospel choir and band were amazing! Our tour guide Andi was... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 13, 2016

I very much like to walk city streets on my own, making discoveries as I go. But sometimes it's better to get a good overview of a spread out place, and if you have any interest in Harlem, this is a great place to get grounded. I have taken three of their tours: Gospel, History and Civil Rights History. All... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 6, 2016

We absolutely loved our tour with Harlem Heritage Tours. We started with the Gospel church service which was incredible. It was a truly moving experience and one to remember! This was followed by some lively history told by our guides. We ended our tour at the Apollo theater. The best part about this tour is that it was given by... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2016

Over the previous six years we have taken twenty 16 year old students on this three hour tour. Our guide is always Neal Shoemaker, who not only is extremely knowledgeable about Harlem, but tells the story of Harlem in a very enthusiastic manner which keeps everyone entertained and informed. After leaving Harlem Heritage office the Gospel Tour commences at the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 14, 2016

Whenever I go to New York it's usually to attend a church service and I never have the opportunity to experience New York. We'll I decided on a Friday I'm going to Harlem on Saturday and be a tourist, let me check out what's happening online. So I Google Harlem tourist attractions and found Harlem Heritage Tours website (checked it... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 10, 2016

I highly recommend the Harlem Heritage walking tour! The highlights had to be my tour guide, Andy Owens, and "Mr. Apollo", Billy Mitchell, who both provided their own perspective about the rich culture, history, and politics of Harlem. Thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it!

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 10, 2016

This is the Sunday morning tour that begins at a church where we are suppose to hear unbelievable gospel music and then walk for an hour afterwards seeing Harlem sites. Our group was very large and it was hard to stay together once we got to the church, so make sure you have your leader in site at all times.... More 

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loveharlem, Owner at Harlem Heritage Tours, responded to this review

My name is Neal Shoemaker owner of Harlem Heritage Tours. Thanks for attending our Harlem Gospel Walking Tour. On the Sunday you attended the group was larger than usual, but usually we have no more than 15 guests per guide and the walk from our office to the church is literally one city block away, not a long walk at... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 2, 2016

We took a school trip to NY and this was certainly one of our highlights! Neil was a fantastic host - very knowledgable and passionate about the area.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 30, 2016

Neil and Billy are mines of information on the Apollo Theatre. They have such enthusiasm and great attitudes. They were so welcoming. The memory of the tour will stay with me for a long time. So good to actually be on the very spaces of the stars and hear the stories.

Thank Judy P

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As a hub of African American culture, Harlem has played a vital role in the history of New York City. Today, the neighborhood is as vibrant as ever as new businesses and developments go up next to local institutions. The heart of the neighborhood is bustling 125th Street, where street vendors and historic landmarks like the Apollo Theater mingle with big-name stores. Turn down almost any corner, and you’ll discover some of the most beautiful blocks in the city, filled with handsome brownstones, soul food restaurants, corner shops, and scenic parks. For a taste of a real New York neighborhood, it’s hard to top a visit to Harlem.
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