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Big Onion Walking Tours

New York City, NY
+1 212-439-1090
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Prospect Park intro tour doesn't disappoint

I've taken more than a few Big Onion tours and have come to expect excellence, professionalism and... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
88JimS
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Bergen County, NJ
3 Tours and We will book again

While we were in NY for 3 weeks over our school holidays we booked in to the following tours... read more

Reviewed 4 days 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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Hours Today: 09:00 - 18:00
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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Reviewed 2 days ago

I've taken more than a few Big Onion tours and have come to expect excellence, professionalism and a wealth of new information, while often being entertained. A recent Prospect Park tour was no exception, covering the history and a great deal of the geography of...More

Thank 88JimS
Reviewed 4 days ago

While we were in NY for 3 weeks over our school holidays we booked in to the following tours offered: Upper East Side - Clash of the Titians - Ted Seaport Historic District - Caroline 4th July - Clay on 4th July Plus a free...More

Thank amarina
Reviewed 5 days ago

We enjoyed the tour very much. Steven, the guide, is very knowledgeable and easy going. He had the right balance in every way - not too much info, but went deep enough to satisfy; is enthusiastic and seems genuinely interested in the history himself. Perfect...More

Thank dbsmus2017
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you like to experience the authentic, historic neighborhoods of the USA's great cities, this tour will not disappoint. Tour guide Joshua was a true subject expert, sharing the history of the neighborhoods and how they have transitioned over the last 150+ years. The food...More

Thank Richard P
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I'm sorry to write it, but we did not enjoy the tour. We did the Historic Harlem Tour on a Saturday and the tour guide was very nice and friendly, but in my eyes she did not do a good job. I was very interested...More

Thank open_traveller_1
bigonion, Owner at Big Onion Walking Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Sorry you did not enjoy our exploration of Historic Harlem. All our guides are educators with extensive classroom teaching experience. I think you may have attended on July 22 - the guide leading is an advanced doctoral candidate in African American history at Rutgers University....More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We went on Big Onion's "We Built New York: A Labor History Tour" this week and it was easily one of the most interesting walking tours we have ever been on. Alice, who gave the tour, was a true expert on the topic and an...More

Thank Robert S
bigonion, Owner at Big Onion Walking Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Robert, Thank you for your wonderful review. We are so very glad you enjoyed our Labor History walk with Alice - it is right out of her dissertation and she is very passionate about the topic. We look forward to seeing you again soon -...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Big Onion Multi Ethic Eating Tour is unique & excellent. The guide Laura offered just the right mix of immigration history, the changing neighborhoods of the lower east side & of course diverse food from these neighborhoods. She added humor & historic nuggets. Big...More

Thank travelSue33
bigonion, Owner at Big Onion Walking Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for joining our Multi-Ethnic Eating Tour. So glad you enjoyed the walk with Laura! We hope to see you again soon Seth Kamil, President

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

zack from Big onion Tours took us on a walking tour of the Brocklyn Bridge and Brocklyn town today. What an encyclopaedia of history information. Even though it rained like cats and dogs Zack persisted and we had a great tour. Cheap and well worth...More

Thank Glen W
bigonion, Owner at Big Onion Walking Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Glen Thank you for braving the summer storm to join us walking the Brooklyn Bridge. We appreciate you walking with us and look forward to seeing you again...on a sunny day. Seth Kamil, President

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I signed up for the multi-ethnic food tour. Alice was such an energetic and knowledgable guide that you won't stop laughing the whole time while learning the immigrant history. Well recommended if you want to have a sneak peak at Lower East New York changes....More

Thank Xini W
bigonion, Owner at Big Onion Walking Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for joining a recent Multi-Ethnic Eating tour. Very glad that you enjoyed the walk with Alice! We very much appreciate your recommendation! See you again soon. Seth Kamil, President

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We took the Immigrant New York tour with 2 teenage kids 15 & 16. The pace ranged between energetic and relaxed. Our guide was well versed on the subject matter delivering the information with a combination of the usual historical facts and interesting stories that...More

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bigonion, Owner at Big Onion Walking Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for bringing your teenagers on a recent Immigrant New York tour! Very glad you all enjoyed the walk. As educators, we take special interest in trying to make history accessible and appealing to potential future historians! Hope to see you all again soon...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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