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Big Onion Walking Tours

New York City, NY
+1 212-439-1090
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sweet tour

Took a tour of the Upper West Side. Personally I am not a history buff but it was so interesting... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
rschlesinger03
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Madison, New Jersey
East Village

This tour was great. We went on a weekday and had virtually a private tour. The tour guide... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
birdflight
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West Windsor
via mobile
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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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  • Average1%
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Hours Today: 09:00 - 18:00
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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New York City, NY
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Took a tour of the Upper West Side. Personally I am not a history buff but it was so interesting to learn about this section of nyc (brief history of all of nyc at the beggining of the tour). Our guide Ted was informative, interesting...More

Thank rschlesinger03
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This tour was great. We went on a weekday and had virtually a private tour. The tour guide, Melissa, was outstanding, informative and interesting. If you love history, NYC neighborhoods this is an great active 2 hours, just for you.

Thank birdflight
Reviewed 1 week ago

What an amazing tour and tour guide! We saw parts of NYC that we would never have found on our own. The history of New York was fascinating and told in a way that was easy to understand and to contextualize. Tour guide was lovely...More

Thank mcgouwall
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Good historic tour around downtown. Somewhat related to movie but more about the history of immigrants. Good factual tour with knowledgeable guide.More

Thank martynsnook
bigonion, Owner at Big Onion Walking Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Martyn Thank you for joining our "Official" Gangs of New York Tour. Glad you found the walk accurate & our guide well informed. You are 100% correct - the tour really is not about the movie. It was created in partnership with the film to...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

We will never think of Central Park in the same way after touring it with Adrienne. Our two-hour tour was well-paced, and covered many of the landmarks in the park. What elevated the experience to five stars was the breadth and depth of Adrienne's knowledge...More

Thank Dorothy H
bigonion, Owner at Big Onion Walking Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dorothy, Thank you for joining Adrienne on a walk of Central Park. I am very glad that the tour had such an impact on you! We hope to see you on another tour again soon. Seth Kamil, President

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Scot was a fantastic tour guide taking us back in time as we walked through the streets of the Lower East Side. There was a wonderful blend of historic and modern knowledge of the region, while sampling many exciting foods from multiple heritages. Scot's well...More

Thank Pat S
bigonion, Owner at Big Onion Walking Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Pat Thank you for joining our Multi-Ethnic Eating Tour! Very glad you enjoyed the tour with Scot. We look forward to seeing you again soon. Seth Kamil, President

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A big "5 stars" to Nicole, our tour guide, for yesterday's informative/captivating tour of those locations so important before, during, and after our Nation's founding. So much to understand about how we started as a country, from the time of the Indians ( starting the...More

Thank Claudia C
bigonion, Owner at Big Onion Walking Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for spending part of the July 4 holiday with us! Very glad you enjoyed our Revolutionary NY tour and we hope to see you again very soon. Seth Kamil, President

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you have taken a tour in the city before or have not, this is the one. Step back in time more than 200 years to where it all began. Listen to the information and let your imagination take over. It is hard to believe...More

Thank Ernie U
bigonion, Owner at Big Onion Walking Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Ernie & Desiree, Thank you joining our "Gangs of New York" outing! So glad you enjoyed the tour and our guide! We very much appreciate you sharing your photos with future TripAdvisor users too. All the best Seth Kamil, President

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I've taken many tours while traveling but none compare to the one that was provided by Big Onion Tours. This tour group prides themselves on having guides properly educated on the history covered in the tour. Elizabeth, our tour guide, presented an exciting and informative...More

Thank arlenek24
bigonion, Owner at Big Onion Walking Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your very kind review! We are very happy you enjoyed the walk with Elizabeth & hope to see you again soon! Seth Kamil, President

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This tour was great! It was entertaining and educational. The tour guide was knowledgeable, engaging and funny. We saw everyday things along the streets of NY --- but in a whole new way. There's tidbits about art, buildings, parks and people that have added to...More

Thank Isabel M
bigonion, Owner at Big Onion Walking Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Isabel Thank you for joining us on a recent walk. Very happy to read that you enjoyed both our guide and the tour. We hope to see you again very soon. Seth Kamil, President

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rejoyce550
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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
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663eric
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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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