Walking tours explore intriguing surroundings at a leisurely pace, much like a photography class held in a thick bog of quicksand. Let it all sink in with this Groupon.
Choose from Three Options
- $12 for a Harlem Multimedia Renaissance walking tour or General Harlem History walking tour for one (a $25 value)
- $24 for one of the above tours for two (a $50 value)
- $48 for one of the above tours for four (a $100 value)
The Harlem Multimedia Renaissance walking tour explores the historic 1920s Harlem Renaissance, when the neighborhood was alive with artists, writers, musicians, and passionate Civil Rights leaders such as Zora Neale Hurston and W.E.B. Du Bois. Sights include the original location of the Cotton Club, the Langston Hughes house, and the Savoy Ballroom among others.
The General Harlem History walking tour provides a general introduction to Harlem via a mixture of churches, jazz clubs, speakeasies, eateries, and famous residences. The history covered dates back to the neighborhood’s beginning in the 1650s and places special emphasis on the current cultural renaissance.
On both tours, guides deepen the sense of history with multimedia features. They carry along portable sound systems and projection screens to share relevant music, audio clips, and video footage that opens another kind of window into the locations.
Harlem Heritage Tours
A native Harlemite himself, Neal Shoemaker founded Harlem Heritage Tours more than 10 years ago to introduce visitors and natives to the sights, sounds, and experiences that define the neighborhood. By partnering with local organizations such as the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture and the Apollo Theater, Neal and his crew of Harlem-born-and-raised guides help to preserve the surrounding community and culture at the same time they're opening it up to newcomers. Meanwhile, they teach history with anecdotes more vivid than tourists can find in books or by asking everyone they pass to tell them a story. Bus and walking tours explore the neighborhood’s vibrant roots, ranging from the Civil Rights movement to the hip-hop age to locations seen in notable TV shows and films, jazz venues, and Sunday-morning gospel tours.