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 3 or email us for more information or to arrange.
Give a Big Onion Gift Certificate!
Give an experience they'll remember! All tours are available as gift certificates.
Purchase This Tour As A Gift Certificate
|Tuesday, February 20||1:00 pm|
|Friday, March 2||1:00 pm|
|Tuesday, March 20||1:00 pm|
|Saturday, March 31||11:00 am|
|Sunday, April 8||11:00 am|
|Thursday, April 19||1:00 pm|
|Thursday, April 26||11:00 am|
|Saturday, April 28||11:00 am|
|Thursday, May 3||11:00 am|
|Tuesday, May 8||1:00 pm|
|Wednesday, May 16||11:00 am|
|Friday, May 25||11:00 am|
|Thursday, May 31||1:00 pm|
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 Crunch Fitness/YMCA, 215 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.
More about our guides.
Gratuities are always appreciated, but never expected.
Full refunds are available by request up until 72 hours prior to a walking tour. Between 72 and 24 hours prior to the scheduled tour we offer credit to be used on any future walk. Cancellations with less than 24 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.
More Questions? Check out How it Works for more details.