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Columbia University Tours

Columbia University
One of the most esteemed institutes of higher learning in the United States, Columbia was established in 1754 as King’s College. Today, the Ivy League university continues to be celebrated for its academic reputation and striking architecture. And if the campus looks familiar, you may have seen it in a Hollywood blockbuster or two.

The Basics
Located amid the skyscrapers and bustle of Manhattan, Columbia University is home to a surprisingly sheltered and classic college campus complete with green quads and eye-catching architecture, including several National Historic Landmarks. Highlights include Low Memorial Library (recognizable by its neoclassical dome), Butler Library (inscribed with the names of luminaries such as Aristotle and Shakespeare), and Pupin Hall (associated with the Manhattan Project). And be sure to look out for filming locations—the campus has appeared in dozens of movies, from Ghostbusters to Spider-Man.

Wander around campus on your own, or go with a guide for additional insight. Columbia is featured on numerous New York City tours, from Harlem and Upper West Side neighborhood excursions to bike jaunts and architecture-themed itineraries.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Thanks to ramps and elevators, the bulk of Columbia’s campus is accessible to wheelchairs and strollers.
  • The visitors center is located in Low Memorial Library.
  • Daniel Chester French’s Alma Mater statue—located on the steps of Low Library—is an important symbol of the university; for good luck, see if you can find the owl hidden in her robes.

How to Get There

Take subway line 1 to 116th and Broadway station. Columbia is also served by numerous bus lines (including the M60, which connects the university to LaGuardia Airport).

When to Get There

Columbia’s campus is free and open to visitors throughout the year, though entry to student buildings is generally prohibited unless you’re on a tour. In early winter, don’t miss the university’s festive tree lighting ceremony on College Walk.

Nearby Attractions

Following your campus tour, take the opportunity to explore a few other highlights in the surrounding neighborhood of Morningside Heights. Visit the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, one of the world’s largest Anglican churches; take a walk in scenic Morningside Park or Riverside Park; grab a bite at Tom’s Diner, of Seinfeld fame. Or, head to nearby Harlem to see the Apollo Theater and other neighborhood attractions.
Address: 116th St & Broadway, New York City, New York 10027, USA
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Harlem Gospel Sunday TourHalf-day Tours

Harlem Gospel Sunday Tour

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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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NYC Harlem and Gospel Tour by BusHalf-day Tours

NYC Harlem and Gospel Tour by Bus

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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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New York Helicopter Tour: Manhattan, Brooklyn and Staten IslandLuxury Tours

New York Helicopter Tour: Manhattan, Brooklyn and Staten Island

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See New York City’s breathtaking skyline and the many iconic sights of the city on this helicopter flight. Soar over the Big Apple with an exclusive sightseeing tour of the Manhattan skyline and beyond, including the Empire State Building, the Chrysler Building, One World Trade Center, and Central Park, to name just a few, plus Ellis Island, the Statue of Liberty and much more. Then continue to see Brooklyn, Staten Island and more. A variety of departure times are available throughout the day to fit into almost any schedule.
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New York City Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour Uptown

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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.
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2 days Ivy League tour from NYC Overnight Tours

2 days Ivy League tour from NYC

You will have the chance to visit your dream schools within one trip in an Audi A4. Your guide is an Ivy League alumna who is familiar with the application process as well as ivy student daily life. Also you can replace any school with your preferred one, just let us know in advance!
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NYC Harlem and Bronx Bike Tour Day Trips

NYC Harlem and Bronx Bike Tour

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Combine exercise with sightseeing and look beyond New York’s main tourist sites on this small-group Harlem and Bronx bike tour. Pedal through tucked-away neighborhoods and parks—seeing parts of the city hard to access by bus or train. Hear insight from your guide over the 25-mile (40-kilometer) route, spot places to revisit later, and leave with a deeper knowledge of New York than you’d likely get on foot by yourself.
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New York Helicopter Tour: Ultimate Manhattan SightseeingLuxury Tours

New York Helicopter Tour: Ultimate Manhattan Sightseeing

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See New York City’s breathtaking skyline and the many iconic sights of the city on this helicopter flight. Soar over the Big Apple with an exclusive sightseeing tour of the Manhattan skyline and beyond, including the Empire State Building, the Chrysler Building, One World Trade Center and Central Park, to name just a few, plus Ellis Island, the Statue of Liberty and much more. Then continue up the Hudson River to see even more of Manhattan. A variety of departure times are available throughout the day to fit into almost any schedule.
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Harlem-Bronx Small Group Bike TourDay Trips

Harlem-Bronx Small Group Bike Tour

Experience some of New York City’s less touristy corners with this two-wheeled excursion in Harlem and the Bronx. Embark on a 25 mile journey from 129th Street and enjoy activities that include exploring Manhattan’s historic black neighborhood, cruising by the Bronx Zoo, marveling at Alexander Hamilton’s home, capturing memorable photos of the Apollo Theater, and checking out the Edgar Allan Poe Cottage.
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Harlem Bike RentalBike & Mountain Bike Tours

Harlem Bike Rental

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Explore Harlem in New York City by bike for an up-close look at the architecture, history, and culture of this famous neighborhood. See landmarks like Malcolm Shabazz Mosque, Columbia University, and Central Park while you pedal around. Choose your rental duration for up to 24 hours to suit your budget and schedule.
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Private Tour of Queens, Harlem & BrooklynHalf-day Tours

Private Tour of Queens, Harlem & Brooklyn

Take a break from central Manhattan to explore the outer limits of New York City, from Harlem to Brooklyn. Throughout the day you enjoy a private guide and chauffeur service in an air-conditioned vehicle, which eliminates the hassle of taking public transit or navigating on your own. See landmarks and points of interest often missed by visitors, including the oldest bar in Queens and a crafts market in Williamsburg.
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New York Afternoon Fall Foliage Cruise

Fall in New York City offers some of the most amazing views. Avoid the crowds and enjoy the sights from a 1920s style yacht during this cruise from Manhattan. Board your boat at Chelsea’s Pier 62, and grab a drink at the bar before setting sail on the Hudson River. Along the way, see landmarks like the George Washington Bridge and Palisades Park, and dive into a delicious complimentary lunch.
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Upper and Lower Manhattan PrivateHalf-day Tours

Upper and Lower Manhattan Private

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Electric Bike Tour of Central Park and Harlem

You only have limited time to explore Manhattan but don’t want to see it from behind the glass of a bus. On this e-bike tour, be part of the urban bustle as you cruise the varied terrain of Central Park and the hills of Morningside Heights with ease. See Bethesda Terrace, browse the kosher goods at Zabar’s, and hear about the history of the Apollo Theater in Harlem.
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Harlem Walking TourWalking Tours

Harlem Walking Tour

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Visit Harlem’s most important historical, cultural and artistic sites on a guided, 3-hour walking tour through one of New York City’s most fascinating neighborhoods. See the distinctive architecture of Columbia University and the Cathedral of St. John, then join the crowds for a leisurely stroll up 125th Street. Follow in the footsteps of Americas most celebrated performers at the Apollo Theater and see a historic Baptist church. Finish your tour at ‘Striver’s Row,’ an elegant cluster of townhouses in a neighborhood that was at the heart of the Harlem renaissance.
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