Renaissance Walking Tour in New York

Truly understand this historical time

Visit churches, ballrooms, and much more!

Delicious local lunch included

Find out why the Renaissance period was so important to this neighborhood

Welcome to Harlem offers an enriching Renaissance tour in New York that delves deep into the artistic and cultural legacy of the Harlem Renaissance.  Embark on a journey through present-day Harlem – see the people and places of the Harlem Renaissance, and discover why this time in American history was so magical and vital for African-American culture.


Delve into the depths of this time in American history with our extremely knowledgeable guides

Experience some of the most beautiful theaters, ballrooms, and churches in Harlem

Visit the Abyssinian Baptist Church, Alhambra Ballroom, Hotel Theresa and many more

Learn about the numerous jazz clubs, speakeasies and people associated with them along the way uptown

Learn about the importance of the 135th Street area to African-Americans in Harlem

Find out where Langston Hughes is buried and the location of Swing Street/Jungle Alley

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Trip Details

The specifics

Price (USD)

$75 per person

Start time

11 AM

Meeting point

145 West 122nd Street, Suite 1 (between Adam Clayton Powell Blvd and Lenox Avenue)


Fridays, all year-round

Exceptions: December 24-25, December 31-January 1


3 hours

Group size

Maximum 30


A delicious lunch

Not included


What to bring

Please wear comfortable walking shoes, bring an open mind and heart, camera, and a smile on your face

Good to know

Tours must be booked at least 24 hours in advance.

What you'll do

“We younger Negro artists who create now intend to express our individual dark-skinned selves without fear or shame.”
— Langston Hughes, The Negro Artist and the Racial Mountain

The Harlem Renaissance, or the “New Negro” movement, began in the early 1920s and was described as a social and artistic explosion. On this tour, you’ll embark on a journey through present-day Harlem to see the people and places of the Harlem Renaissance and discover why this period in American history was so magical and vital for African-American culture. Did you ever wonder where Swing Street/Jungle Alley was, or why 135th Street was such a crucial area during Harlem Renaissance? Now is the time to lace up your sneakers and bring your imagination.

On this Harlem Renaissance walking tour, discover some of the most beautiful theaters, ballrooms, and churches in Harlem that were jumping during the Renaissance. Throughout our journey, you will hear about, see, and feel the history of some of the most influential individuals who helped to cultivate this magic era known as the Harlem Renaissance — Langston Hughes (a leader through the Harlem Renaissance), Pig Foot Mary, Duke Ellington, Madame CJ Walker, Jacob Lawrence, James Van Der Zee, Zora Neale Hurston and many others.

Once the walking tour comes to a close, you will be treated to a delicious lunch at a local Harlem restaurant — an opportunity for you to try some of Harlem’s treats!

Welcome to Harlem takes pride in showing off our beautiful city and sharing the history of the Harlem Renaissance.

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