Apollo Theater Tours

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The Apollo Theater in the heart of Harlem is one of the world’s most famous live music venues. Some of the biggest names in contemporary music have played the Apollo, including Duke Ellington, Charlie Parker, and the master of soul, James Brown.

Hear jazz, blues or R&B, or come along on a Wednesday evening for the long-running Amateur Night. Stars who first flexed their talents as amateurs on the Apollo’s legendary stage include Michael Jackson and Lauryn Hill.

Informative and entertaining daily tours highlight the history of the Apollo and the performers who've played there.

Practical Info

The Apollo Theater is on West 125th Street, between Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard (Seventh Avenue) and Frederick Douglass Boulevard (Eighth Avenue). To get here, catch the subway to 125th Street.

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Address: 253 W 125th Street, New York City 10027, USA
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Hours: Tours 11am - 3pm, performances scheduled for the evening
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Admission: Tours - Weekdays: US$16 per adult Weekends: US$18 per adult
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Harlem Walking Tour of Mount Morris Park Historic District with Lunch

Explore Harlem’s most vibrant, historic neighborhoods on a 3-hour walking tour of 125th street and the Mount Morris Historic District with lunch. Follow your guide through the best of Harlem’s elegant architecture as you learn the story of the intellectuals and artists that ignited the Harlem renaissance. See the highlights of ‘Doctor’s Row,’ where perfectly-preserved brownstone homes evoke New York City’s gilded age, hear the echoes of groundbreaking performances at the Apollo Theater, then finish your tour with lunch at a local restaurant.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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New York City Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour Uptown

Explore the best of Uptown New York City on this narrated, hop-on hop-off, double-decker bus tour. Visit many of Upper Manhattan’s top attractions and locations — like the historic neighborhood of Harlem, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Columbia University and the Apollo Theater, just to name a few. Select the day pass, then board at any of the stops and get to know the sights and sounds of Uptown Manhattan in customized fashion, with live onboard commentary from a professional tour conductor.
  • Duration: 2 hours
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Big Bus New York Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

See the Big Apple with a Big Bus hop-on hop-off tour Classic ticket. Pass top attractions like Central Park, the Empire State Building and more, and learn about the history of the city from an on-board guide. Then, when you're ready to explore a part of town in greater depth, hop off. Upgrade to a Premium ticket that includes the choice of the Brooklyn Loop, the Harlem Loop or the Panoramic Night Tour. Choose the Deluxe ticket to include all loops and a sightseeing cruise.
  • Duration: 2 days
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New York City All Around Town Hop-on Hop-off Tour

A hop-on hop-off New York bus tour allows you to see the city at your own pace and provides easy transportation to top sights. Entertaining tour guides keep you informed when you’re on board, and you can hop off and on the distinctive double-decker tour buses when you wish to check out attractions like the Empire State Building and Rockefeller Center. There are several options and combos to choose from with access to the Uptown Loop, Downtown Loop, Brooklyn Loop and Night Tour, or upgrade to add attractions to your tour!
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Harlem Sunday Morning Gospel Tour

Discover New York City’s gospel heritage on this spirited tour of Harlem, complete with a Sunday morning gospel choir service. See musical landmarks like the Apollo Theater and Cotton Club on a coach tour, and explore parts of this vibrant neighborhood on foot. Visit a local congregation to take part in a traditional Sunday gospel service featuring the soulful stylings of the choir. Upgrade to include a hearty soul food brunch at a favorite local restaurant.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Harlem Wednesday-Morning Gospel Tour

Discover the vibrant history and musical legacy of Harlem with a midweek morning gospel tour. Stroll past beautiful brownstones while learning about Harlem’s famous former residents. Take part in an uplifting morning service featuring the talented ARC gospel choir, which supports drug addiction recovery programs within the community. Upgrade to include a delicious lunch at Sylvia’s, a local eatery renowned for serving up some of the best soul food in New York.
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Harlem Soul Food and Jazz Evening Tour

Delve into the musical legacy of Harlem with a guided jazz tour and live show at one of the neighborhood’s iconic venues. See Harlem landmarks like the Apollo Theater and Savoy Ballroom, and savor a preshow, home-style meal at Sylvia’s restaurant — founded by the ‘Queen of Soul Food.’ After dinner, head to one of Harlem’s hottest nightspots for a live show featuring a 1920s swing ensemble or a modern rhythm and blues or jazz act.
  • Duration: 5 hours
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New York Hip-Hop Tour

Hip-hop music began in New York City. There's no better way to explore the genre of music than by taking this entertaining and informative tour with one of rap's Grandmasters. The unique experience offers an interactive tour through Manhattan, Harlem and the Bronx, showing the origins and evolution of hip-hop and rap music.
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New York City 24-Hour Hop-on Hop-off Tour

Pack in a full day of sightseeing New York City easily with this 24-hour hop-on, hop-off double-decker bus tour. You can choose between three neighborhoods loops, including Downtown, Uptown and Brooklyn or upgrade to gain access to all four loops and a hop-on, hop-off cruise. No matter what you choose, you can spend the day (or the night) riding around as your tour guide provides fun facts as you go. Plus, you can plan out what stops you’d like to get off at to do some more in-depth exploring.
  • Duration: 1 day
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NYC Harlem and Gospel Tour by Bus

Get an in-depth look at the thriving culture of Harlem during this 4-hour sightseeing excursion including the chance to attend a Gospel mass at a local church. Learn about Harlem’s religious side by attending a Gospel mass and touring the famous St. John the Divine church. You’ll also explore Harlem landmarks like the Apollo Theater, Sylvia’s restaurant, and much more.
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Private Harlem Tour in New York

Discover Harlem's top attractions during a 3-hour walking tour. Known as a hub for African-American arts since the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s, the iconic neighborhood is home to the legendary Apollo Theater, the Abyssinian Baptist Church, the Studio Museum of Harlem, Sylvia's Soul Food restaurant, and architectural masterpieces such as Striver's Row, Shepard Hall at the City College of New York, and the Hamilton Grange National Memorial.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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New York City Hop-on Hop-Off Tour including One World Observatory Admission

Put the 'big' in the Big Apple by covering a huge swath of Manhattan on this hop-on, hop-off bus tour and then gain entry to the sky-high observatory atop the World Trade Center in lower Manhattan. Save your feet and leg muscles by riding comfortably on the double-decker bus, learning about the history of the city as you go, and then getting off when something strikes your interest to explore more. Then head to the top of the World Trade Center for a stunning view.
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Harlem Gospel Sunday Tour

Experience the rich cultural legacy of Harlem and the soul-stilling rhythms of gospel on an immersive Sunday morning tour. Travel through the northern Manhattan neighborhood with a guide while learning about the history of the area and its landmarks like the Apollo Theater, Sugar Hill and Columbia University. Then, join a local Baptist congregation for a Sunday service featuring the exuberant vocals of a live gospel choir. 
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Central Harlem African-American Culture Walking Tour

Considered the Mecca for African-Americans at the turn of the century, Central Harlem is home to Jazz, Lindy Hop and Swing, and continues today to be one of Harlem’s most vibrant for the arts, dining and shopping.
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Harlem Hip-Hop Walking Tour

Well before the Globetrotters and the “Harlem Shake” appeared, there was Harlem, the neighborhood that is the birthplace of hip-hop. Harlem’s contributions to hip-hop art and culture are unmatched. On this guided, 2-hour walking tour, led by a hip-hop historian, check out important landmarks like the Apollo Theater, the Graffiti Wall of Fame, Lenox Lounge, historic Harlem jazz clubs and more. See popular locations for hip-hop music videos and hear exclusive stories. Admission to the Museum of the City of New York is included.
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Private Harlem Gospel Tour

Experience Harlem’s gospel heritage on a 4-hour private tour that explores the vibrant New York City neighborhood’s music, art and culture. Attend a local church service to hear an extraordinary morning of prayer and singing, then spot area landmarks and architectural gems as you take a walking tour of Harlem’s local markets. Finish your morning with a visit to the iconic Apollo Theatre, the world-famous venue that was at the heart of the Harlem Renaissance.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Harlem Gospel Wednesday Afternoon Tour

Spend an afternoon discovering the historic Manhattan neighborhood of Harlem on a guided, 4-hour tour. From Dutch farming community to the capital of ‘Black America,’ visit popular locations like Sugar Hill, Morningside Heights, the Apollo Theater, Sylvan Terrace, Hamilton Grange National Memorial and more. See where President Bill Clinton’s office is located. Then attend a true gospel mass at local Covenant Avenue Baptist Church. Choose from English and German or Italian and Spanish language.
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Double Decker Hop-On-Hop-Off Bus and Times Square Dining Experience

Explore the best of New York City — Downtown, Uptown, Brooklyn and New York at Night — on narrated, hop-on hop-off, double-decker bus tours. Over three days, see everything the Big Apple has to offer. Visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Harlem and the Apollo Theater. See Rockefeller Center, Times Square and Central Park. Then cross the Brooklyn Bridge to discover Battery Park and more. Get to know the sights and sounds of New York City in customized fashion, with live onboard commentary from a professional tour conductor. One meal is included.
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Harlem Gospel Experience Walking Tour in English

Experience Harlem’s gospel music and culture with a 4-hour walking tour through the historic New York City neighborhood. Listen to the distinctive harmonies of a Harlem gospel choir in a local church, and hear how that music has transformed American culture. Explore Harlem’s vibrant streets with an experienced guide as you learn about the neighborhood’s art, literature and political history, follow in the footsteps of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X, then see the celebrated Apollo Theater, where some of America’s most iconic artists ignited the Harlem renaissance.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Harlem Sightseeing and Apollo Theater Multimedia Walking Tour

Explore Harlem on foot as you absorb the history of its music, legendary entertainers, and the heyday of the Apollo Theater on a 3-hour walking tour. In addition to discovering the neighborhood and its history, you'll get a chance to stand on the same stage as musical geniuses such as James Brown and Ella Fitzgerald, and go backstage for a mock 'Amateur Night at the Apollo' performance.
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New York City Day Trip from Miami by Air

Explore New York City on this full-day adventure from Miami. Fly from the Magic City to the Big Apple, then enjoy a day of sightseeing on board a double-decker bus. See many of the city’s famous attractions, from Times Square to the Empire State Building and the Statue of Liberty. Customize the tour to meet individual needs. Include stops for shopping, visit a museum or attend a concert or theater performance. This exciting tour includes all the necessary transfers, lunch and a Miami hotel pick-up and drop-off.
  • Duration: 18 hours
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Harlem Gospel Experience and Hop-On Hop-Off Tour of Uptown Manhattan

Journey into the streets of Harlem on this incredible Gospel hop-on, hop-off tour experience. Join your group in Midtown Manhattan and follow an expert guide uptown. Learn about the history of this iconic neighborhood and then join in a morning gospel service before combing through the African markets. This once-in-a-lifetime experience includes a pass for a double-decker bus tour of Uptown.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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See the Best of NYC: Small-Group Guided Tour

The perfect introduction for new visitors, this in-depth bus tour covers top New York City landmarks in both Midtown and Uptown neighborhoods. Listen to entertaining live onboard commentary, plus enjoy personalized attention from your personal group guide at each designated stop, from Grand Central to Harlem’s iconic Apollo Theater. Tours also include skip-the-line admission tickets to the Empire State Building.
  • Duration: 5 hours 30 minutes
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Soulful Sunday Night Harlem Jazz Walking Tour

Experience New York City’s historic jazz district, Harlem, with an insider guide. Get to know the uptown scene on this nighttime walking tour and members-only jazz club experience. Stroll the storied main street of this celebrated Manhattan neighborhood, 125th Street, and listen to live music at a private venue in a historic Harlem brownstone, admission included. Enjoy entertainment, craft cocktails, and down-home cooking on this memorable evening outing.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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