This tour first leads us through Mount Morris Park Historical District area. Here you will find a multitude of churches rich with history and also where our founding fathers made their homes. Some of the most well known musicians and entertainers started their journeys here. Much of the music that began here is now immortalized in American Pop Culture for future generations to enjoy.
Heading through uptown on a Sunday morning you will hear and enjoy the sights and sounds of Harlem at its best. Toe-clapping, foot-stomping, and the soulful rhythms of Black gospel music fill the air; participate in sermons and homilies given by Harlem's most prominent. Celebrate with the world famous congregational choirs of the Convent Avenue Baptist Church, United House of Prayer, Abyssinian Baptist Church and the Roman Catholic Church of the Resurrection, whose renowned singers will have you jumping in your seat.
Now that you have the feel of the spiritual energy flowing through you what about topping off your day with some of the area's best kept secrets? Fine dining at reasonable prices. Let Harlem's finest culinary masters delight and tempt you with their authentic ethnic delights - just for you!
The gospel and brunch tour is a day well spent both outdoors and indoors and will be an experience you will not soon forget!
Please Note: Tours do not operate on the following dates:
Tours departs from 2360 8th Avenue (Frederick Douglass Blvd.) Between 126th & 127th Street. A, B, C, or D, to 125th Street, exit near intersection of W 125th St and St Nicholas Ave., walk east one block on 125th street to 8th Avenue (Frederick Douglass Blvd.), turn left and walk to 126th & 127th Streets. You will see the sign for Welcome to Harlem. 2 or 3 trains to 125th Street, exit on the left side of the station and walk west two blocks to 8th Avenue (Frederick Douglass Blvd.), turn right and walk to 126th & 127th Streets. You will see the sign for Welcome to Harlem.
This tour must be booked at least 48 hours in advance
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Posted by Sue P. on 14th Jul 2013
Our Welcome to Harlem tour was conducted by Carolyn Johnson, who was born and raised in Harlem and has a passion for promoting its history, its people, its future, and more. Carolyn guided us on a walking tour of Harlem's beautiful historic buildings, residential brownstones, parks, famous sites and people. Included was our limited-time (which could be extended) experience at a Harlem Gospel church where we enjoyed the music part of a Sunday worship service. We capped off the event with brunch at Native, a great place to eat with a great owner/manager who greeted us so warmly. I highly recommend this particular tour because of Carolyn's extensive knowledge of Harlem.
Posted by Gill H. on 14th Jul 2013
Our thanks to Carolyn for a wonderful Harlem Gospel and Brunch Tour on February 3rd. We were the only participants, giving us Carolyn to ourselves - a real privilege. We could never possibly have gained so much knowledge about Harlem without her - Carolyn was full of anecdotes, opinions, information and we came away on a real high. Thank you - can't wait to come back and do it again!
Posted by Stella B. on 13th Jul 2013
I booked the walking tour of Harlem mostly because I wanted to experience a baptist church - the tour excelled on every level. Carolyn was extremely knowledgeable about the area and knew not just the tourist attractions (Franco the Great) but also just people passing us on the street. She took me to see the old brownstones that other tours don't show you. The church she visits know her well, we didn't have to queue with the other tourists and I was allowed to sit in the main body of the church. It was only when we left with them that the other tourists realized I wasn't actually a parishioner! The church experience was out of this world, and the choir were brilliant. There were even some liturgical dancers. I would recommend this tour to anyone visiting New York. Thank you Carolyn I had a wonderful time!
Posted by Conny R. on 13th Jul 2013
The Harlem tour was fantastic. The walk was informative and entertaining, our guide was very passionate about Harlem and also very local which made the tour a personal and rewarding experience. The Gospel Mass was our highlight. I highly recommend this tour as it really was wonderful to listen to a guide who was genuinely passionate and down to earth.
Posted by Rosina G. on 13th Jul 2013
Having read about this tour in an English newspaper before coming to NY with a friend, we decided this was one thing we wanted to do. We did the walking tour/gospel choir church service/Harlem brunch and it was one of the best experiences of our NY trip. The wonderful Carolyn Jackson explained so much of the history of Harlem, and the impact of the new development there. The service with the gospel choir was inspirational and uplifting, and the brunch a wonderful end to the morning. I can't recommend Welcome to Harlem enough- a fantastic experience. I only wish I had realized before going that Carolyn had written a guide to Harlem as I would have read it- however, not to worry- its on it's way from Amazon now!
Posted by Laurie on 20th Jun 2012
I especially loved the area with the brownstones - something that I never realized was in Harlem. I look forward to coming back to see the painted security doors by "Franco the Great" !
Posted by Alan on 9th Jun 2012
An excellent walking tour of Harlem. An excellent and friendly guide who knew everything there was to know about Harlem and lived in the area. The gospel service was amazing and the included lunch a bonus. You need to set aside about 5 hours to complete this tour.
Posted by Unknown on 6th May 2012
We thoroughly enjoyed our gospel and brunch tour of Harlem. Carolyn did a great job of conveying both the history of the area as well as the vibrant life of the community. Everything was incredibly well organised; getting a group of 30 into an Easter Sunday gospel service is impressive!The catered brunch was delicious and the atmosphere was warm and relaxed.
Posted by Ingrid McKenna on 24th Mar 2012
My guide Carolyn was polite, friendly and knowledgable and made the walking tour a treasured experience. She answered any questions and was able to provide useful tips of places to visit on my own - which I followed up on a few days later with absolute delight. I wouldn't havefelt so comfortable returning to this area on my own had it not been for her insightful commentary. The church visit and singing was fantastic, but the CD I chose to purchase didn't quite match the live singing I heard. I'd recommend this tour and guide to first time visitors or anyone unfamiliar with Harlem. A knockout
Posted by Mai on 15th Nov 2011
I was alone at the tour and I really enjoyed it. It was very nice to meet Franco the great! It was a very beautiful morning walk with a friend from the neighborhood. My only miss like was that the Gospel at the church looked very much like a tourist attraction and nothing more. And I would really love it if the tour could include the inside of Apoll o Theater but even at the end when the tour guide left me there to visit it on my own it was closed! A great moment was when I visited the inside of a house. I’m really grateful for that! Thank you guys! I loved it! Excellent job!
Posted by RatePoint Reviewer on 12th Nov 2011
Carolyn did it absolutely wonderful. The only disappointmen that the gospel church happening was rather short of time and almost exclusively for/with tourists. For us this could last for at least 2 hours!
We surely return once to Harlem, Apollo,...
Posted by Canadian Fishing Girls on 1st Nov 2011
We were interested in seeing Harlem up close, but weren't sure the best and most informative way to do it. Since we had the opportunity to tour Harlem on a Sunday, we wanted to see the Gospel Church Service. We found your website on online and thought this would be perfect for a group of seven-- a more personal tour to see what it was all about. It was AWESOME!! Carolyn went above and beyond our expectations. She catered to what we were interested in seeing. We were so fortunate to meet Franco the Great on the tour! We would highly recommend Welcome to Harlem to anyone who really wants to see and learn about Harlem up close. Thanks so much Carolyn for a memorable day!!!
Posted by Ulla and Stefan from Sweden on 16th Oct 2011
The Harlem Gospel tour was all you could ask for and even more!! Very informative ,fun and inspirational.Thank you Carolyn for a wonderful day that will remain in our hearts for a long time.
Posted by Michelle on 4th Oct 2011
Loved the personalized tour from Carolyn. The restaurant was so unique and great food. The Gospel singing was great (but was so loud & hard to understand words, I think b/c they seated us right in front of the organ and music.) The cool brownstones, neat "Franco Art" on the business security gates,clean streets, so much history...we are staying in Harlem next time we come to Manhattan, since the B&B prices are more reasonable too! Our whole tour was from another country,so they had no clue who most of the history figures mentioned during the tour were. (should probably give a short explanation of why Maya Angelou or Marcus Garvey are important to Americans) but they loved it too. Took about 1 1/2 hours longer than quoted so we missed going to the other NYC tourist site we had planned, but we'll see that next trip. This was so worth it! Will make my family take this tour next time we are in NY.
Posted by Ottawa Canada on 27th Sep 2011
During my four-day visit to New York I did boat, bus and walking tours of different regions of Manhattan and Brooklyn. By far, the walking tour of Harlem was the most interesting and informative one. Carolyn, our tour guide, was very knowledgeable on its history. She took us around the neighbourhood and we had the opportunity to meet the people of Harlem. I recommend the tour with Welcome to Harlem to anyone visiting New York. If I make it back there, Harlem is where I will be staying.
Posted by Nicky and Sally from Australia on 17th Sep 2011
Our guide, Carolyn, really knew her stuff and guided us around the fascinating streets & parks of Harlem with expertise and good humour. While the bigger bus tour groups had to wait in line outside the church, our smaller walking group was given priority access to the rousing gospel service ; a terrific experience for all. Carolyn is clearly well l iked and respected by fellow Harlemites in the neighbourhood and with good reason! The brunch was delicious too. Thanks for a great morning.
Posted by Rafael on 15th Aug 2011
The gospel and brunch walking tour in Harlem was one of the most enjoyable city walks I have taken. It was led by Carolyn a knowledgeable, relaxed guide and warm hearted person, who was born and raised in Harlem. I took the tour together with my mom and Carolyn answered all the questions we had. We learned about history, architecture, music, art, local customs and more. The cherry on top; Carolyn gave us a peek in her own beautifull brownstone home!! What a great way to see a city! I am recommending this tour to all my friends!!
Posted by Johan from Belgium on 15th Jun 2011
We made a tour named 'Gospel and brunch' with Caroline from Harlem information center but .... it was much more than a tour ! It was an experience we never forget. Caroline told us and let us feel what is Harlem going about and why do you need to spend ' a day in Harlem'It's great and people are so friendly and nice. Open their house and let you make part of it. Black is Ok and cool. They love music and good food ! So..... Just go for it.
Posted by jaja0001 on 24th May 2011
We did the Sunday morning Gospel Tour with Carolyn, Welcome to Harlem owner, as our local guide. During our tour of Central Harlem we saw great graffitti artworks and where able to get on the picture with the artist, we got insights on Harlem through the eyes of a local, we went to a great Gospel mass and had lunch in a Southern Style restaurant wit h typical comfort foot like macaroni and cheese and BBQ ribs. Not sure if I can blame it all on our Harlem tour, but I gained 3 kilos during our NY visit. I can really recommend Carolyn, a self made, strong entertaining woman with great knowledge. One of the highlights of our NYC visit.
Posted by Andrea on 21st May 2011
The gospel and brunch walking tour in Harlem was one of the most enjoyable city walks I have taken. It was led by a knowledgeable and personable local, who was born and raised in Harlem. We leard about history,architecture, music, art, local customs and more. What a great way to see a city! I am recommending this tour to my friends.
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