Harlem Heritage Tours offers the most authentic Harlem walking / bus tours, all our guides were born raised and still live in Harlem. We love Harlem and take great pride in showcasing the rich history of our home, and it’s many contributions to global culture. If you want an in depth, culturally rich, insiders view of Harlem from true Harlem locals  book one of the Harlem tours listed below or call us at 212 280-7888  – Here is link to calendar page.,

Must tours depart from the Harlem Heritage Tourism and Cultural Center, come experience our daily cultural presentation/shows, get visitor information, and buy unique Harlem souvenirs made by Harlem locals.

Most Loved Tours and Harlem Cultural Day Trips


Harlem Heritage Tours is the most innovative in developing cultural day trips for student, civic, family and corporate groups. We have the most experience and all the contacts necessary to customize a day in Harlem that will meet the direct interest of your organization/group.  Below exists some of our more popular day trips and walking tours.

Harlem Renaissance Multimedia Walking Tour

July 19 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Harlem Heritage Tourism & Cultural Center
515 Malcolm X Boulevard
New York, NY United States
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Harlem Gospel Walking Tour

July 21 @ 9:15 am - 12:15 pm
Harlem Heritage Tourism and Cultural Center
104 Malcolm X Boulevard
New York City, 10026 United States
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Harlem Civil Rights Multimedia Walking Tour

July 23 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Harlem Heritage Tourism and Cultural Center
104 Malcolm X Boulevard
New York City, 10026 United States
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 Harlem Heritage Tours

Harlem Heritage Tours begin conducting authentic walking, gospel, jazz/music, art, food, and bus tours in 1998 with the idea of utilizing the industry of tourism as a way preserving the heritage of Harlem as well as contributing to the development of the local economy.

What makes Harlem Heritage Tours different is that all our tours are conducted by those who were actually born and raised and still live in the community. As of late many companies offer Harlem tours, but few really know and have lived the true culture of the community – NONE will state anywhere on their sites that they were born raised and still live in Harlem.

The idea has always been to provide the most authentic Harlem tours that work to bring the old heritage of Harlem to life, we are the first company in the USA to develop multimedia walking tours with portable sound and video as you make your way through Harlem – the people love it.

Most of our Harlem tours start at the Harlem Heritage Tourism and Cultural Center, just 15 minutes from midtown Manhattan by way of uptown number 2 or number 3 trains on the red IRT line. Come and view our cultural exhibitions, currently on display “ALI IN NEW YORK” or one of our weekly musical performances, or daily cultural documentary showings.

Come participate with us in the cultural and economic renaissance taking hold presently in Harlem and meet our friends and family along the way. Because we are constantly on the Harlem streets we know who’s who and what’s really happening, therefore it’s easy for us to create interactive experiences between our visiting guests and the local community – come with us and experience REAL HARLEM via the lenses of true locals.

Most authentic tours of Harlem/NYC.

Customers Speak

Thanks to all who support Neal Shoemaker and Harlem Heritage Tours.

What Our Customers Say

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“Walking Tour of Harlem Critique”

The walking tour was definitively pleasurable as well as informative. We received an up close and personal view of Harlem not seen on previous visits. The guide was awesome and so was his knowledge of Harlem’s history, even back to the days of Bumpy Johnson.

Visited July 2015

—Sandra J. from Dallas, Texas



The tour was simply incredible. Neal is a great guide, he knows a lot about the history of Harlem and U.S. in general. I am a student of the American Studies, so i’m quite familiar with the American culture and i can say that the information he provided was correct. We ate lunch in a nice restaurant, everything was delicious,…

Visited July 2015

—Anna P. from Warsaw, Poland


“Harlem, Its History: Hot! Hot! Hot!!”

Neil Shoemaker has done his research — he knows Harlem’s rich history, geography, politics, and he shares that knowledge with you on his walking tours of the neighborhood. Along the way, he employs his backpack tricked out with speakers and an iPad to allow you hear the sounds and songs of Harlem’s past and present; he shares images of each…

Visited July 2015

—Sally H.


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