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Big Onion Walking Tours

New York City, NY
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The best and most informative tour in town

I’ve taken two tours 1 year apart during my NYC visits. Nothing but praise for the entertaining and... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
arlenek24
Idaho family visiting NYC

We did the big onion tour of Central Park tour with Sarah and it was amazing. My nieces came in... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Di12345
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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 the Brooklyn Historical Society and have created tours in partnership with a variety of great organizations. We are proud to be a 2012-17 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 2 days ago

I’ve taken two tours 1 year apart during my NYC visits. Nothing but praise for the entertaining and informative graduate students leading the tours. No, it’s no dry and academic....5 Points and Stonewall tours have you standing where turbulent America was defining and redefining itself.

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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We did the big onion tour of Central Park tour with Sarah and it was amazing. My nieces came in from Idaho to visit me in CT and we all really enjoyed it. We saw parts of the Park we have never seen before and...More

Thank Di12345
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Reviewed 6 days ago

A big Onion walking tour is hands-down the best way to dive into the history and culture of a neighborhood. For my wife and I, it was the beautiful and rather unique Greenwich and West Village area. Our guide made it a fun, interactive way...More

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Reviewed 6 days ago

My 11 year old daughter and I took the East Village tour with Paul. He was wonderful! He offered very specific and interesting information and was also open to discussing specific locations in detail. He really made the area come alive for us!

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Reviewed 1 week ago

We recently took a two-hour walking tour of Brooklyn Heights with a Ph.D. student (in history). The time sped by because she was so interesting and informative. As we walked, we learned about and saw places encompassing history from colonial times all the way through...More

Thank Jules996
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We had Sarah as a tour guide and she was really good! Had a ton of additional information and we had a small group so were able to discuss where we were from etc and ask lots of questions. We really liked it and she...More

Thank Chantale M
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Reviewed 1 week ago

An awesome way to explore the Upper East Side and hear the history of the Male only clubs, how the Park Street Armory came about, the clashes between the aristocracy in the day and how the Frick Museum is still standing - long after many...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

It's almost a year later, and I still remember this wonderful tour. We learned the history of the triangle where Gangs of New York was set, Jewish immigration, Chinese ruses, and so much more. Our guide was a history grad student and incredibly knowledgeable. It...More

Thank Katherine A
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was a great way to get a taste of Harlem. Our guide, Kaisha, was very articulate, warm, smart and extremely knowledgeable. I wold have loved to continue with her for another 2 hours. In nyc where everything is so expensive, this is the best...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was our third or 4th Big Onion tour, and our best yet. Kaisha was a great tour guide for the Lower Manhattan: Forging the Historic Metropolis tour. She was an engaging tour guide had great colorful stories, and an encyclopedic knowledge of American history,...More

Thank Neil H
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bigonion, Owner at Big Onion Walking Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Neil Thank you for returning, once again, to Big Onion. We very much appreciate your continued patronage! We look forward to seeing you again soon - Kaisha also leads our Immigrant New York & Harlem tours. She will be leading tours in Brooklyn soon. Seth...More

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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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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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