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.
Between mid-May and early September the Chelsea & the High Line 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 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.
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|Wednesday, August 24||11:00 am|
|Friday, August 26||12:00 pm|
|Tuesday, August 30||1:00 pm|
|Friday, September 2||11:00 am|
|Sunday, September 4||10:00 am|
|Tuesday, September 6||11:00 am|
|Wednesday, September 14||11:00 am|
|Saturday, September 24||12:00 pm|
|Tuesday, September 27||11:00 am|
|Monday, October 3||1:00 pm|
|Tuesday, October 11||1:00 pm|
|Saturday, October 15||2:00 pm|
|Thursday, October 20||11:00 am|
|Monday, October 24||11:00 am|
|Sunday, October 30||12:00 pm|
|Sunday, November 6||12:00 pm|
|Saturday, November 12||11:00 am|
|Wednesday, November 16||1:00 pm|
|Sunday, November 27||11:00 am|
Our tours are public meet-up tours, meaning you can show up and pay when you get there, but you can guarantee your spot by reserving early.
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.
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”.
A/C/E/F/1 to 23rd Street.
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 a $2 processing charge per person) 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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