Historic Lower Manhattan

Explore the neighborhood where New York began! Meeting on the steps of the US Custom House, the former site of the Dutch Fort Amsterdam, this tour will span 400 years of New York City history. From the original Dutch settlement and trading outpost at Bowling Green, to the peaceful takeover of the British in 1664, to the world financial capital of today, this tour has it all. Our walk weaves together the history of Lower Manhattan with the architecture, people and events that power “Wall Street”. We will visit many stops including Trinity Church, Federal Hall, the New-York Stock Exchange, sites associated with 18th century slave uprisings, Alexander Hamilton, George Washington, Victoria Woodhull, JP Morgan and Abbie Hoffman. Prepayment Optional Many Big Onion customers prefer to pay in advance. Prepayment also helps us determine group size and appropriate guide numbers. To preregister and pay for your tour, click the “Book Now” button below. You will receive an e-mail confirmation and receipt once your order has been processed. We regard an senior one 65+ years and a student anyone enrolled in full-time study. Please bring ID indicating senior status (i.e. age) and/or full-time active enrollment. If someone in your party is eligible for a senior discount, please use the coupon code “SENIOR” when booking. For our active military discount, please enter “MILITARY”. For full-time student please use coupon code “STUDENT”. If you have questions please email us at info@bigonion.com. PLEASE NOTE: booking a combination of adults with students and seniors has highlighted a flaw in our e-commerce system. Please enter number of adults and select “Traveling with children” to indicate number of discounted persons. We apologize for this inconvenience and are working with our third-party e-commerce provider to develop the system we require.

Refund Policy: Tour refunds (minus a $1 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. If Big Onion cancels a walk for any reason a full refund will be provided (please see our rain/inclement weather policy on the FAQ page for more information about tour cancellations). Between mid-May and early September the Historic Lower Manhattan tour is one of a variety of walks offered as public “twilight” tours. Summer public “twilight” tours are lead Thursday and Friday evenings & Saturday’s at 5 p.m. We rotate a variety of tours in these time slots. Please see our Schedule page for details for specific dates and times.

Related Tours:

Revolutionary New York
The Financial District

Tour Highlights:



October 28, 11:00 am
November 6, 1:00 pm
November 16, 2:00 pm
November 21, 1:00 pm
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Front steps of the U.S. Custom House, AKA the Smithsonian Museum of the American Indian, located at Bowling Green.

Subway Trains:

4/5 to Bowling Green, R to Whitehall Street, 1 to South Ferry.
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Tours last approximately two hours. We generally present tours rain or shine.
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Adults: $20
Students/Seniors/BHS Members: $15

We do not require pre-payment for most public tours. Just show up and join us at the meeting site. Exceptions: Multi-Ethnic Eating Tour requires reservations; America’s Museum Tour requires reservations & advance payment.

Tours Today Saturday, October 25th

Group Tours

All tours are available for private walks and group bookings.

Call (212) 439-1090 ext. 5 or Email us for more information.

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"For most of my life, I believed independent travel was the only route to the real unfiltered stuff. I eschewed group experiences like the plague, most of all, anything incorporating the word tour. My mistake. I’ve gained some of my best travel memories from being herded around with a bunch of strangers on a Big Onion Walking Tour."

Peter Jon Lindberg, Travel + Leisure's editor-at-large, January 2009.