First we cross the Brooklyn Bridge and recount the dramatic story of how it was built. Then we stroll the tree-lined streets of the Heights exploring the rich architectural, social and literary history. Stops could include: Abolitionist Henry Ward Beecher’s Plymouth Church, many exquisite examples of 19th century architecture, and sites associated with Walt Whitman, Truman Capote, Arthur Miller as well as Emily, John & Washington Roebling. Tour concludes on the Promenade on Brooklyn Heights with a spectacular view of downtown Manhattan.
Between mid-May and early September the Brooklyn Bridge & Heights tour is one of a variety of walks offered as public “twilight” tours. Summer public “twilight” tours are lead Thursday, Friday & Saturday evenings at 6 p.m. We rotate a variety of tours in these time slots. Please see our Schedule page for details for specific dates and times.
Customized option for private tours: Consider a walk across the Brooklyn Bridge and into DUMBO instead of Brooklyn Heights.Please call us at (212) 439-1090 ext 5 or email us for more information or to arrange.
Brooklyn Bridge & Heights is not offered as a public “show up” tour in January & February as the Bridge walkway can be slippery and icy during the winter months.
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|Monday, December 12||1:00 pm|
|Thursday, December 22||1:00 pm|
|Saturday, March 18||11:00 am|
|Wednesday, March 29||1:00 pm|
Big Onion happily accepts walk up participants. However, many Big Onion customers prefer to pay in advance. Prepayment also helps us determine group size and appropriate guide numbers.
NOTE: You will select your date in the next step.
Consider a private tour!
We’ve done tours for school example, group example and corporate example. Whether you are looking to integrate a tour into your academic curriculm or entertaining out-of-towners, a Big Onion walking tour is a great way to experience the city.
Private tours can be arranged for a weekday, weekend, day or evening. We can accommodate up to 500 walkers. We work closely with you to create an enjoyable experience for your group.Please call us at (212) 439-1090 ext 5 or email us for more information or to arrange.
Meet: The southeast corner of Broadway & Chambers Street, at the edge of City Hall Park.
Finding Your Guides
All guides carry an 8×11 sign that says “Big Onion Walking Tours”.
4/5/6 to Brooklyn Bridge, 1/2/3/A/C/E to Chambers Street, R/W to City Hall.
Time & Distance
All tours last approximately two hours. We start on time and walk between one and two miles at a moderate walking pace, stopping at various sites along the tour.
Big Onion generally presents tours rain or shine. In the event of inclement weather please check our home page for notifications or call our hotline [(888) 606-WALK (9255) ext. 1], to confirm our schedule.
The finest group of tour guides in the city. Most of us are full-time graduate students researching and writing doctoral dissertations in history passionate about the history, architecture and people of New York.
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Gratuities are always appreciated, but never expected.
Tour refunds (minus $1 per person, $2 for Multi-Ethnic Eating Tour & America's Museum) are available by request up until 48 hours prior to the scheduled tour. Cancellations less than 48 hours prior to the tour or no shows will not be refunded.
Walks are held rain or shine, but may be cancelled for severe weather or if museum is closed. No shows are considered last-minute cancellations and are non-refundable. In the event of a Big Onion cancellation or museum closure, full refunds or rescheduled tickets will be offered.
America’s Museum is one of a variety of walks offered as public “twilight” tours. These tours are lead Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings at 6 p.m. We rotate a variety of tours in these time slots. Please see our Schedule page for details for specific dates and times.
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