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Big Onion Walking Tours

New York City, NY
+1 212-439-1090
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Upper East Side "Clash of the Titans" tour Rocks!

Every time we are in New York, we try to do a different tour. This time we toured with Alice... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
joanielflynn
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Orange Beach, Alabama
Still good!

This was my 2nd Big Onion walking tour and this time toured Little Italy, Chinatown, and the Five... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks 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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Reviewed 5 days ago

Every time we are in New York, we try to do a different tour. This time we toured with Alice (fabulous tour leader!) to hear about how the Upper East Side real estate wars unfolded over the years and its impact on the city's residents,...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was my 2nd Big Onion walking tour and this time toured Little Italy, Chinatown, and the Five Points area. Our guide David was very informative about the history of immigration in this area ranging from the Irish, Jewish , Chinese and Italian settlements in...More

Thank mb56
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Loved learning about financial district! Our host was fantastic, an Irish native with a PhD in history from Fordham University, she was super informative and had a lovely energy...i'm signing up for another walk this week!

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Our family of 5 joined the Martin Luther King Jr. Day in Historic Harlem tour. I highly recommend Big Onion tours - the booking process was smooth and their tour guides are excellent. Our guide (Keisha - I hope I remembered your name correctly) though...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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
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Reviewed 11 January 2018

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

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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
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Reviewed 11 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
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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

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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

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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
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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
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