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Columbia University
Columbia University is the oldest institution of higher learning in New York, and the fifth oldest in the USA. Fans of history and of architecture will be interested in the university’s historic buildings, which have been highlighted in many feature films. Most notable is Low Memorial Library, which appears in the New York City Register of Historic Places. Built in the Roman classical style, the former library now contains the university’s visitor center and its administration offices.

Just below the library is a large plaza – a popular gathering place for students. Past a promenade (called College Walk) is the south campus where Butler Library, Columbia’s main library, stands. South campus also contains the student center, student residences, classroom buildings, and the Graduate School of Journalism. North of Low Library is Pupin Hall, a national historic landmark due to the atomic research done there by Columbia's scientists. East of Low Library is St. Paul's Chapel, which also appears in New York City’s Register of Historic Places.

The university also has many modern buildings, and visitors can download an audio walking tour of the architecture to their audio devices. The tour is guided by Andrew Dolkart, an architectural historian and a professor of architectural history at Columbia. Starting at the visitors center in Low Library, the tour includes almost two dozen stops at the university’s architectural highlights.

Practical Info

Groups smaller than ten people may feel free to tour the campus on their own. Maps and other materials for self-guided tours are available online and at the university’s visitors center. Visitors with disabilities may request an accessible campus tour (three weeks advance notice is required). The visitors center is open Monday – Friday; 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The only building visitors without a Columbia ID are allowed to enter is Low Library.
Address: 16th St & Broadway, New York City, New York, USA 10027, USA
Hours: Visitor Center open Mon-Fri 9am-5pm
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21 Tours and Activities to Experience Columbia University

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Helicopter Tours

New York Helicopter Tour: Ultimate Manhattan Sightseeing

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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  • 17 to 20 minutes
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  • 17 to 20 minutes
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Helicopter Tours

New York Helicopter Tour: Manhattan, Brooklyn and Staten Island

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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  • 25 to 30 minutes
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  • 25 to 30 minutes
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Bike & Mountain Bike Tours

Harlem & The Bronx Bike Tour of NYC

Combine exercise with sightseeing on a 5-hour small-group (max 8 people) bike tour of Harlem and the Bronx. As you pedal through some of New York’s lesser known neighborhoods and past beautiful parks, you’ll see parts of the city you can’t get to by bus or train. Get local insights from your guide over the 25 mile (40 km) ride, and take note of places you might want to revisit later. Come away from the day with a deeper knowledge of New York’s sometimes overlooked boroughs.
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  • 6 hours
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  • 6 hours
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Bus & Minivan Tours

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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  • 4 hours
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  • 4 hours
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Day Cruises

New York Afternoon Fall Foliage Cruise

Enjoy magical views of New York in autumn during this cruise from Manhattan. Board the 1920s style yacht, Manhattan II, at Chelsea’s Pier 62 and grab a drink at the bar—a beer, glass of wine or champagne is included—before setting sail on the Hudson River. Enjoy amazing views of the fall foliage and landmarks like the George Washington Bridge and Palisades Park. Enjoy a delicious complimentary lunch including soup, cookies and carrot cake.
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  • 2 hours
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  • 2 hours

Historical & Heritage Tours

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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  • 4 hours
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  • 4 hours
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City Tours

Famous Sights of the Big Apple Tour in Spanish

See New York City highlights on a 4-hour tour of Manhattan’s most iconic destinations, including Times Square, Central Park, Wall Street, and the Freedom Tower, with a stop to view the Statue of Liberty across the water. Travel by air-conditioned vehicle as a guide shares New York City history, facts, and stories. This 4-hour New York City tour includes pickup at three central locations, and offers the perfect introduction for first time visitors to the city.
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  • 4 hours
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Hop-on Hop-off Tours

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.
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  • 2 hours
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  • 2 hours

Cultural Tours

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HARLEM GOSPEL

Get to know this legendary and historic neighborhood in northern Manhattan.An in-depth tour of where the African-American community lives on the island.Ulysses Grant Memorial, Sugar Hill, Morris Jumel Mansion, Apollo Theater, 125th Street Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.Meet Franco (the Harlem Picasso) and attend one of the most important spiritual rites of the community in one of Harlem's famous churches.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
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  • 3 to 4 hours
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Cultural Tours

Upper & Lower Manhattan Guided Tour in Spanish

Explore Upper and Lower Manhattan and ensure than you don't miss out on any important information by booking this Spanish-language guided tour. See such famous attractions as Central Park and the Empire State Building and learn all about their history from your guide.
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  • 4 hours
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation

4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours

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Electric Bike Tour of Central Park and Harlem

* Cover greater distance with a pedal assisted bike* Witness the beauty of Central Park and the history or Harlem* Visit several historical sites, America’s largest church, and Grant’s TombTake a 3-hour guided tour on a pedal assisted electric bicycle. This tour starts in Central Park makes it way up the Upper westside to the Hudson River drive, down into Harlem and returns to the start through Central Park. In three hours we cover approximately thirteen miles.​The latest way to get around New York City is on pedal assisted bicycles and this tour explores Central Park, the Upper Westside and Harlem in just a few hours. Walking downtown one thinks Manhattan is flat, but that is not the case. The name Manhattan comes from a Native American term “Manahatta” which roughly means island with hills. An electric pedal assisted bike on this tour will get you up the many hills of Central Park and Morning side Heights with just a fraction of the effort.
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  • 3 hours
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  • 3 hours
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Cultural Tours

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HIGH AND UNDER MANHATTAN

Visit the most important district of the city, Lincoln Center, Central Park, Dakota House, Harlem, Cathedral San Juan El Divino, Columbia, 5th Ave., Saint Patrick, Rockefeller Center, Empire State Building, Greenwich Village, Soho, little Italy, Chinatown , Financial District and Battery Park.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
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  • 3 to 4 hours
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Cultural Tours

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PRIVATE GUIDED TOUR OF THE UPPER WEST SIDE

A guided tour through a couple of centuries of entertainment, criminal and general history.The criminal and entertainment history of the area between the old Bloomingdale Road (Broadway) and Riverside Drive. Starting at the Cathedral Of Saint John The Devine (the largest gothic structure in the world) tour highlights include Humphrey Bogart's childhood home, the building that inspired the spooky building in the original Ghostbusters, buildings designed by famous New York architects. Former homes of Hollywood legends, legendary writers, legendary composers and even a couple of legendary criminals. See sites that played host to battles during the Revolutionary War, while George Washington escaped north in September 1776.
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  • 2 hours
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  • 2 hours
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Cultural Tours

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Upper and Lower Manhattan Private

This tour is only in Private for you couple, family and friends.Vehicle with capacity up to 14 passengers, available every day of the week, in the morning 08:00 am in the afternoon 14:00 pmThe advantage of this Private tour is that you will have a guide at your disposalProfessional only for you.
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  • 4 hours
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  • 4 hours

Historical & Heritage Tours

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Upper Manhattan Private Walking Tour

This private walking tour offers visitors a terrific opportunity to get off the beaten path and explore a part of New York most tourists don't get to see. Not only will it be far less crowded uptown, but you'll get to see and learn about some incredible places, buildings, sculptures, landmarks, and history.You'll discover both America's largest cathedral (St. John the Divine) and its tallest church (Riverside Church), New York City's only "Ivy League" university (Columbia), the Harlem home of one of America's "Founding Fathers", Alexander Hamilton, the Gothic campus of City College, also known as the "Harvard on the Hudson", and Grant's Tomb, which was modeled on one of the 7 ancient wonders of the world. In short, this tour is great for history and architecture buffs, photo enthusiasts, and anyone else that enjoys sightseeing, neighborhood exploration, and getting off the beaten path.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
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  • 3 to 4 hours

Cultural Tours

Upper and Lower Manhattan

Semi-private service, with a capacity of 14 passengers per vehicle, starting 09:00 am this wonderful tour, is to know the North, Central and South of Manhattan and thus be able to feel the energy of the big apple, recommended for those who travel for the first time to New York, We will see Central Park, Plaza de Colón, Lincoln Center, the "Dakota" building where John Lennon lived, passing through the Natural History Museum, San Juan El Divino, considered one of the largest cathedrals in the world, La Columbia University, then north to south we will pass by 5th Ave, residential area, mile of museums, Rockefeller Center and shopping area appreciating very famous stores, then we will arrive at the public library, Empire State Building, Madison Square Park, Arriving at Greenwich Village, Soho which is characterized by its art and painting galleries, Chinatown well known for its imitations. The civic center of the city, then we will reach the financial district, Wall Street and Battery Park.
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  • 4 hours
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  • 4 hours

Bike Rentals

Harlem Bike Rental

Explore Harlem in New York City by bike for an up-close look at the architecture, history, and culture of this famous neighborhood. Bike rentals range from a 1-hour period up to a full 24-hour rental.
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  • 1 day
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 1 day
  • Free Cancellation

Historical & Heritage Tours

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Japanese Tour | New York Full Day City Tour Tour (with Observatory Ticket) Times Square + Statue of Liberty + Wall Street New York City Tour

The definitive edition of the city tour that covers the major tourist destinations in New York City.A polite guide from the Veteran Guide, you should be sure to become New York at the end of the tour. The tour end time is also around 4 pm so that afternoon time can be used effectively.The tour includes an observation deck ticket (price list starting from $ 43), so it is a great deal! It is possible to choose from two major observation decks (Empire State Building or Top of the Rock) representing Manhattan.
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  • 7 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 7 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Historical & Heritage Tours

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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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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 6 hours
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Cultural Tours

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NEW YORK ON SUNDAY

It is an excursion that combines Harlem, the mass and the three largest districts of the city.We begin our tour of the residential area of Central Park, once in the northern part of Manhattan we will stop at the Cathedral San Juan El Divino and Columbia University, where we will walk through its gardens and main corridor. We will also pass the General Grant's Mausoleum and the Apollo Theater on 125th Street.We will stop at Martin Luther King Boulevard and from there to one of the Baptist churches of this mythical New York neighborhood.After the mass we will continue our route to the Bronx to visit graffiti and the stop in front of Yankee Stadium for the corresponding photos. In Queens we will visit the neighborhood of Malba (private urbanization), the Flushing Meadows Park, the small India and the Latin neighborhoods from this multicultural district. In Brooklyn, we visited the neighborhood of Williamsburg, district of Orthodox Jews.
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  • 5 to 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 5 to 6 hours
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Historical & Heritage Tours

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Japanese Tour | Sunday ONLY! Gospel and New York City Sightseeing Tour (with Observatory Ticket) Black Gospel Appreciation + Times Square + Statue of Liberty + Wall Street

A city tour complete version that covers the whole of New York in Harlem Gospel.“I want to go to Harlem Gospel on Sunday, so I can't participate in the city tour that starts in the morning due to time overlap. We have prepared this sightseeing course with added tourism.The tour includes an observatory ticket (starting at $ 43), so it's a great deal! You can choose from two major observation decks in Manhattan (Empire State Building or Top of the Rock).
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  • 7 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$156.00
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  • 7 to 8 hours
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