Times Square: Inventing the Great White Way

Walk the theatrical, musical & commercial heart of New York City!

Before it was known as “The Crossroads of the World,” Times Square was Longacre Square – the center of New York City’s horse and carriage industry. On this walk through the heart of Manhattan you’ll see how this vibrant neighborhood has changed and learn how it became “The Great White Way!” We will explore the history of legendary theaters, grand hotels, and lavish movie houses, and see how, even in the midst of massive redevelopment, traces of “old” Times Square remain hidden in plain sight. Stops may include: the former site of the American Horse Exchange, the Astor Hotel, the Paramount Building, the Lamb’s Club, the former Aeolian Hall, and sites associated with Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, Flo Zeigfeld, Mary Pickford, and many others.

Tour Info

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

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Tour Schedule
Monday, October 1711:00 am
Friday, October 2811:00 am
Wednesday, November 1611:00 am
Monday, November 2811:00 am
Friday, December 1611:00 am
Tour Reservations

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.

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Refund Policy

Have a group or special event?

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

Location:
The southeast corner of 42nd Street & Sixth Avenue, at Bryant Park.


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

Subway Trains
1/2/3/7/B/D/F/Q/N/R to 42nd Street/Times Square.

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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.

Guides
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.

Tips
Gratuities are always appreciated, but never expected.

Helpful Links
Local weather forecast
NYC Subway Map
Weekly Service Advisories
Subway Fares

Refund Policy
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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