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Big Onion Walking Tours

New York City, NY
+1 212-439-1090
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Harlem Tour

Very interesting cultural/historical tour of mostly late 18th century/early 20th century Harlem... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
via mobile
Prospect Park

Excellent informative tour. Quality of tours have stayed consistent since the early 1990's when I... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Frenchtown, New Jersey
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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
New York City, NY
+1 212-439-1090

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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Very interesting cultural/historical tour of mostly late 18th century/early 20th century Harlem. Big Onion always has the most interesting tours given by local historians. We followed our tour with an early dinner at Sylvia's.

Thank Msyentah
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Excellent informative tour. Quality of tours have stayed consistent since the early 1990's when I took my first Big Onion tour. For those who don't know the tours are given by individuals with a formal education (mostly graduate studies) on the subject of the tour.

Thank WilliamIWP
Reviewed 1 week ago

My sister and I did this tour and it was the best one of our trip! Not only did we get to try some amazing food but we learnt quite a bit too. Adrienne our guide was brilliant and her enthusiasm for her subject really...More

Thank Meg Z
Reviewed 1 week ago

We were fortunate to be part of a small group that went on this tour which lasts approx. 2 hours. The tour was led by Alice, a doctoral candidate in Art History who was passionate, knowledgeable and entertaining. The tour gives a nice overview of...More

Thank joylama
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Big Onion Walking Tours are an easy way to see a glimpse of a neighborhood and really get the feel of it while learning about the history at the same time. We walked only a few blocks but went through various times in history. Sarah...More

Thank Mary M
Reviewed 1 week ago

Very interesting tour, with lots of details and stories about the cultural, social and economic developments of the area. It would be very difficult to appreciate all that without an experienced guide as the one who accompanied us.

Thank giupaola
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I recently took a tour of Chelsea and the High Line with Kieron of Big Onion. He was an outstanding guide who was extremely knowledgeable, helpful and responded willingly to all of our questions. I have taken many Big Onion tours over the years and...More

Thank dc101ga
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We went on the "Immigrants" tour and it was one of the best, most informative walking tours we have been on. We have taken walking in tours in London and Paris and while taking this tour of lower Manhattan we felt that we could very...More

Thank Larry K
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We did the Ethnic Walking Tour today. Our guide, Laura, said it would be a large group (30). I was worried. No need. While 30 is a large group (she said they stop at 40) it was handled very well. Never did I have to...More

Thank davefromNH
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Tour guide: Phenomenal. Articulate, sharp, extremely knowledgeable, pleasant, spontaneous, etc., etc. Made it all happen. The back story was essentially the glue. Just excellent.

Thank Marc C
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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
20 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