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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There is no refund for failing to take your tour/activity with us.
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Sue P. (Submitted 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.
Gill H. (Submitted 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!
Stella B. (Submitted 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!
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