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Big Onion Walking Tours

Closed Now: 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Open today: 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Big onion walking tours is a big treat

I took two big onion walking tours: Gangs of New York and Greenwich Village and I was thrilled. I... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Baltimore, Maryland
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Absolute must do

I have been lucky enough to visit NYC many times but somehow this gem of a tour company had escaped... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Wynnewood, Pennsylvania
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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...more
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Hours Today: 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
476 13th St, New York City, NY 11215-5207
+1 212-439-1090
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

I took two big onion walking tours: Gangs of New York and Greenwich Village and I was thrilled. I learned a ton of history, enjoyed the walk and the tour guides were fantastic.

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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

I have been lucky enough to visit NYC many times but somehow this gem of a tour company had escaped me. Now I have been on my first tour (TriBeCa with the amazing Caroline) and I am hooked! I am going to bring my husband,...More

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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

A brilliant guide with a fantastic knowledge of the history of the prohibition era in nyc. We chose this tour as my daughter has recently studied the prohibition period at school. The tour was well paced and presented and provided not only an excellent overview...More

Thank offleygrove
Reviewed 1 week ago

Adrienne gave very informative presentations with photos and pictures supporting her stories at the stops and landmarks. She was upbeat and kept up a good consistent flow and was happy to take questions and share interesting stories. I laughed alot and really enjoyed her presentation...More

Thank Katrina M
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The guide for our 2-hour tour, Sarah, did an excellent job of giviing us an overview of the park and it's history. Made us familiar enough with the area and attractions that we could with confidence return and enjoy more fully what Central Park has...More

Thank Gene K
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Lower East Side is rich in culinary history, and this tour also touches on more generalist historical themes (i.e. the architecture of the area, how neighborhoods have changed etc) which makes the tour enjoyable. The tour guide was a little awkward but she did...More

Thank Daniel B
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My wife and I took this tour August 20th with Keisha (unsure if spellibg; pronounced Kay-sha). She’s a Ph.D. history student at Rutgers University ans really knows her Lower-Manhattan history. She gave us a first-rate tour. Her pleasant demeanor also makes her a very good...More

Thank GiantJeff
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

As a birthday celebration, my family and I booked a Big Onion Walking Tour to the Lower East Side of NYC. Having our grandparents and great grandparents live and work there many years ago, we were sure we'd have a lot of information. However, our...More

Thank lafs21
Reviewed 20 August 2018 via mobile

I went on the lower east side big onion tour with my family for my moms bday. Paul was our guide and he was great. Informative and we learned a lot. We all enjoyed the tour. Thanks!

Thank Rachel S
Reviewed 17 August 2018 via mobile

My husband and I went on the Gangs of New York Tour last Sunday. A few years ago we did the Tribeca tour. This company offers exceptional tours. Each guide is typically a PhD student in history. David was our guide for our group of...More

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14 September 2018|
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Response from bigonion | Property representative |
Thanks for your note. We walk between stops but do stop when addressing tour participants. Can not guarantee places to sit however. All walks run two hours and we cover roughly two miles in that time. Also, as noted... More
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 |
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