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Big Onion Walking Tours

New York City, NY
+1 212-439-1090
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Best NYC tours in NYC!!

These tours never disappoint. I always learn a ton of new things and I recommend them for anyone... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Kim G
Elizabeth Stack is an amazing tour guide!!

I had an AMAZING tour with Elizabeth about the Gangs of New York. I was the only person on the tour... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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Since 1991, Big Onion has been leading informative, award-winning, and innovative walking tours of New York's historic districts and ethnic neighborhoods. All tours are lead by PhD candidates in American history or a related field. Big Onion has been called "The Best Walking Tour in New York" by New York Magazine; "Best Place to Take Out-of-Town Guests" by The Village Voice; and "One of the best urban walking tours in the world" by Forbes. Big Onion is an approved educational vendor for the NYC Department of Education and a Programming Partner with both the Brooklyn Historical Society and the South Street Seaport Museum. We are proud to be a 2012, '13 & '14 winner of the TripAdvisor "Certificate of Excellence". We offer public "show up" tours year-round and an advance calendar, accurate tour descriptions, meeting sites, etc. Most of our walks do not require reservations.
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Hours Today: 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
New York City, NY
+1 212-439-1090

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Reviewed yesterday

These tours never disappoint. I always learn a ton of new things and I recommend them for anyone who wants to venture off the tourist path to get to understand the NYC neighborhoods! I love that they meet close to the subway stations - Super...More

Thank Kim G
Reviewed 1 week ago

I had an AMAZING tour with Elizabeth about the Gangs of New York. I was the only person on the tour and I was really impressed that she was still so gung-ho to do it! She asked me all about what I was interested in,...More

Thank HipTravelChick
Reviewed 19 December 2017

Terrific walking tour around Wall Street and Lower Manhattan with guide Nicole. It was informative and interesting- we learnt a lot about the history of New York and the establishment of the Union. Great way to get to know a little bit of the city....More

Thank Penny T
Reviewed 10 December 2017 via mobile

Just completed an excellent, informative and well pitched and paced tour of the food cultures around the Lower East Side. Highly knowledgeable guide (Jordan) able to pitch the pace and depth for a mixed nationality audience. It’s always good to have someone who knows which...More

Thank mozart21
Reviewed 7 December 2017

Our tour guide, K (sp) was fantastic and obviously very passionate about this richly historied area. She also waited patiently for latecomers which I am sure was appreciated. She explained the historical contexts that shaped Harlem as a community and haven for African-Americans and about...More

Thank Jennifer1610
Reviewed 4 December 2017

We experienced an enjoyable walking tour of the Chelsea district, and the famous Highline park. Our guide was charming, articulate and certainly well educated on the history and evolution of the area. My only criticism is the Chelsea portion of the tour seemed to focus...More

Thank dan339g
Reviewed 20 November 2017

A wonderful historical ethnic food tour of the lower East Side of New York City! We learned so much from our very knowledgeable tour guide, Laura, both of the history of the area and the history behind the food. Thank you Big Onion and Laura!...More

Thank Hkayegwl
Reviewed 15 November 2017

My daughter and I really enjoyed our tour! Katy was fun, knowledgeable, and interesting. There wasn't a question we threw at her that she couldn't answer! A great way to learn about the history of NYC!

Thank Eliz M
Reviewed 15 November 2017

We had the best tour of the Brooklyn Bridge. We learned about the politics and corruption behind the building of the bridge, the very real need for it to be built and so much other history. I only wish they had a handout of some...More

Thank Becky S
Reviewed 7 November 2017 via mobile

My husband and I had a Super enjoyable walk with Seth over Brooklyn Bridge to Heights. Really nice way to spend a morning. Small group is the best way to do this.

Thank Sally E
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16 October 2015|
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Response from bigonion | Property representative |
Thank you for reaching out to us via TripAdvisor. We do recommend advance reservations, but the only tours that require them are the Multi-Ethnic Eating Tour and the America’s Museum Tour. Reservations can be made via the... More
1 April 2015|
Response from bigonion | Property representative |
Thank you for your note. Our website works world-wide. On occasion our server/host does overnight upgrades that may take our site offline for a short time. Please retry our site - perhaps going directly to our site... More
21 March 2015|
Response from bigonion | Property representative |
Thanks for your note. We generally set our public tour calendar about 4 months in advance. I anticipate August being added in mid to late April. You are welcome to email me through our website with your travel... More