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Big Onion Walking Tours

476 13th St, New York City, NY 11215-5207
+1 212-439-1090
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Big Onion Harlem tour

My husband and I found the Big Onion Harlem tour to be exceptional. Our guide Kaisha was not only... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
TEAM-UP
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
Great, as always

I used to take Big Onion Walking Tours 20-25 years ago, when we lived in CT. It's been at least... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
jeff7623
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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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 2012-18 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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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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476 13th St, New York City, NY 11215-5207
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Reviewed 1 week ago

My husband and I found the Big Onion Harlem tour to be exceptional. Our guide Kaisha was not only extremely knowledgeable about the history of the area but also was able to link the past to the present, making the tour that much more relevant....More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I used to take Big Onion Walking Tours 20-25 years ago, when we lived in CT. It's been at least 10-15 years since our last tour. This one (Eating Tour in Lower East Side) did not disappoint. We had a knowledgeable guide who imparted interesting...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went on the Multi-Ethnic Food tour of the lower east side. My 10 year old nephew, my sister and I all fully enjoyed the trip! The guide was so knowledgable and engaging for all ages of participants. I went on a tour with Big...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We signed up for the Tribeca Walking tour today and to our surprise, my wife and I were the only people to sign-up. Steven met us and we started our almost two hour tour of the Tribeca area. Steve was extremely knowledgeable of the history...More

Thank Lawrence M
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I have been on several Big Onion Walking Tours, both solo and with friends. It is a great way to get out, get exercise, and learn something! The tours are guided by graduate students who really know their stuff! Yesterday, I went on "'Satan’s Seat': 
...More

Thank Joyce F
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Like all Big Onion guides, my guide for the Historic Central Park walking tour was a PhD level expert on the subject matter. She knew her way around the park's history... and around the park physically. One of the usual stops (Belvedere Castle) is closed...More

Thank Mike M
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My husband and I (New Yorkers) took our out-of-town family on the Big Onion Lower East Side food and culture tour with Adam. It's a great way to get to know a historic part of NYC in two hours and sample well-chosen foods from many...More

Thank BalletBW
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This walk, which started at City Hall and ended in Brooklyn Heights was super interesting. I learned about the city's history and the astounding story of how the bridge was built and opened. It was really fun and a great way to see the NYC...More

Thank Kalene M
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Enjoyable tour to learn about New York City history and government corruption. Tour guide was very passionate and knowledgeable.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Tribeca tour was lead by Sarah, a Ph.D. student from Columbia University. Sarah's work amounted to a superior presentation and a fun time for all. Her enthusiasm and knowledge were refreshing and obvious. It was very enlightening and I will most assuredly look into...More

Thank Brian K
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rejoyce550
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
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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
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663eric
20 March 2015|
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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
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