Chelsea and the High Line

Explore the history & architecture of Chelsea with a walk along the High Line.

Our tour explores the historic and architectural evolution of the area originally named for the London borough. Chelsea features a dynamic and rich history as it moved from rural farmland in the 1700s to the industrial hub of Manhattan in the early 1900s. Our walk will include the High Line (conditions permitting). Stops could include: The Chelsea Hotel, “Death Alley”, General Theological Seminary, sites associated with Dylan Thomas, Clement Clark Moore, Janis Joplin, John Sloan, and the birthplace of the Oreo cookie.

Customized option for private walks: Big Onion can lead a tour of the High Line from 34th Street to Meatpacking District, or in the other direction. We will discuss the history and architecture of the High Line and incorporate the buildings, sites & stories of the surrounding neighborhoods. Please call us at (212) 439-1090 ext 5 or email us for more information or to arrange.

Tour Info

Cost: $25
$20 Seniors and $15 Full-Time Students

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Tour Schedule
Saturday, April 2912:00 pm
Thursday, May 411:00 am
Tuesday, May 911:00 am
Saturday, May 1312:00 pm
Monday, May 1512:00 pm
Sunday, May 2111:00 am
Friday, May 261:00 pm
Tuesday, May 301:00 pm
Friday, June 210:00 am
Wednesday, June 72:00 pm
Saturday, June 1010:00 am
Tuesday, June 1311:00 am
Friday, June 1610:00 am
Sunday, June 1810:00 am
Thursday, June 221:00 pm
Wednesday, June 2811:00 am
Sunday, July 211:00 am
Thursday, July 610:00 am
Sunday, July 910:00 am
Saturday, July 155:00 pm
Tuesday, July 1811:00 am
Thursday, July 2012:00 pm
Monday, July 2410:00 am
Thursday, July 2711:00 am
Saturday, July 2912:00 pm
Tour Reservations

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.

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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.

Meeting Location

In front of the Chelsea Hotel, 222 West 23rd Street (between 7th & 8th Avenues).

Finding Your Guides
All guides carry an 8×11 sign that says “Big Onion Walking Tours”.

Subway Trains
A/C/E/F/1 to 23rd Street.

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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.

Rain/Inclement Weather
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.

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Refund Policy
Tour refunds (minus $1 per person, $2 for Multi-Ethnic Eating Tour, America's Museum and Brooklyn Distilled) 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.

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