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Big Onion Walking Tours

New York City, NY
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Big Onion Walking Tour of Dumbo and Vinegar Hill

This was an A plus plus plus plus outing. Alice was our tour guide and she was outstanding - wildly... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
amykeohane
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New York City, New York
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Upper West Side - Always learn something new!

Booked this tour at the last minute and so glad that we did! Wasn't nice weather - so just the 3... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
GloriaZ772
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Merrick, New York
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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: 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

This was an A plus plus plus plus outing. Alice was our tour guide and she was outstanding - wildly informative on architecture, history, cultural details—and her style was so accessible and entertaining. We were hanging on her every word. Alice gives a bunch of...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Booked this tour at the last minute and so glad that we did! Wasn't nice weather - so just the 3 of us on tour with tour guide, Tonia. It was great - very informative and like a private tour at our pace and to...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Took the Greenwich Village walking tour on Sunday. Other than the rainy day the tour was great. Steve is a wealth of information about history and architecture. Loved it.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I chose this multi-ethnic eating tour as a way to celebrate my 60th birthday with my family and a few friends. We had a fantastic time. Adam was our guide....Everyone loved his passion, energy and knowledge of the area. In addition to the great history...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

very interesting; amazing how this area has changed in the last several years. an area with which most of us don't usually bother

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

Kalman, Thank you for exploring the Seaport with us. You are right - this little area between the Brooklyn Bridge and Financial District is often overlooked! Happy to read you enjoyed the walk with us! Seth Kamil, President

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I've been on several Big Onion walking tours over the years and the guides are always amazing. I discovered this time that the guides are graduate students which makes a lot of sense as their knowledge is amazing about all sorts of things. Most recently...More

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

Thank you for returning to Big Onion! We are very glad you enjoyed the Brooklyn Bridge walk with Stephen. Looking forward to seeing you again soon! Seth Kamil, President

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Reviewed April 11, 2018

I can't recommend Big Onion enough, and if I could give more than 5 stars I would. I did the "Clash of the Titans" tour of the UES last week. I'm a big history buff but sadly i know less about US history than about...More

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bigonion, Owner at Big Onion Walking Tours, responded to this reviewResponded April 12, 2018

Usman, Thank you for choosing to join us on our Upper East Side tour. I know there are so many choices and options when planning a visit to New York and we appreciate you including one of our walks. We are are very happy you...More

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Reviewed April 9, 2018

What a wonderful tour! Kesha (sp?) was incredible. Her knowledge and passion made Harlem come alive. I learned so many interesting tidbits of information. It also changed the impression I had as this was my first time in Harlem. I highly recommend this tour.

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bigonion, Owner at Big Onion Walking Tours, responded to this reviewResponded April 11, 2018

Michael, Thank you for joining our Historic Harlem walk. We are very glad you found the walk with Kaisha interesting, informative & was an "impression changing" experience! Thank you for the recommendation and we hope to see you on another walk soon. Seth Kamil, President

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Reviewed April 7, 2018

This tour was EXCELLENT--our guide was a PhD history student at Columbia and was EXTREMELY knowledgeable of the subject matter, was very friendly, and happy to answer all questions. It was unseasonably cold and windy that day, and he was cheerful, peppy, and wasn't fazed...More

Thank Jennifer C
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bigonion, Owner at Big Onion Walking Tours, responded to this reviewResponded April 9, 2018

Jennifer Thank you for joining us on a Lower Manhattan walk. Yes, 2018 has been the winter that just refuses to end! I believe you were walking with Clay - we are very sad he is leaving us in June for a full-time professorship. But...More

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Reviewed April 4, 2018

My teenage friend and I very much enjoyed our excellent walking tour of the Union Square area with Kathleen. Although I’ve been a New Yorker for over 50 years, I really learned a lot about that section of my hometown. Kathleen was a terrific guide...More

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bigonion, Owner at Big Onion Walking Tours, responded to this reviewResponded April 9, 2018

We love it when "locals" join our tours and come away learning something about our shared hometown! Glad you found us and we look forward to seeing you again! Kathleen also leads our Central Park, Prospect Park, Upper East Side & Irish New York walks....More

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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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