Start your day exploring the Central Park. The 843-acre oasis is a favorite retreat for New Yorkers. It fits into the Manhattan environment so flawlessly that many people never realize it is entirely man-made. During your walking tour in New York’s backyard, you’ll see all the essential parts of the urban landscape. Follow your guide on the winding paths, over the bridges and through the tunnels to see the impressive castle, sled dog, Alice in Wonderland statue, a pair of hawks and the 4,000-year-old obelisk from Egypt.
Continue your day and head even further uptown to explore Harlem. Almost a city unto itself, Harlem is one of the most famous neighborhoods in the world. Founded by the Dutch in 1658, Harlem was once farmland and the first US home of hundreds of thousands of European immigrants. The center of New York City’s African American culture, Harlem is a diverse neighborhood with a vibrant and influential history. Your fully guided tour explores the changing face of Harlem, with special focus on the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s and 1930s. The Renaissance period cultivated and nurtured the talents of great jazz musicians like Duke Ellington and Cab Calloway, and authors such as Zora Neale Hurston and W.E.B. Du Bois. Home to the famed Apollo Theater and Cotton Club, the effect of the Harlem Renaissance can still be felt in America’s artistic and cultural life today.
Gospel Choir experience can be added in on Sundays, additional hours will be required.
A stop for lunch will be added during the tour.
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