Historic Times Square

Walk the commercial & theatrical heart of New York City!

Before it was known as “The Crossroads of the World,” Times Square was “Longacre Square,” an area best known for harness shops and horse stables. Come see how much has changed as we visit a potter’s field turned reservoir then elegant city park; the one time center of the city’s vice district, as well as a host of legendary theaters, grand hotels, and movie houses. We’ll see how redevelopment has changed the neighborhood and we’ll look for traces of “old” Times Square hidden in plain sight. Stops may include: The New York Public Library, Astor Hotel and sites associated with the Shubert Family, Flo Ziegfeld, George Gershwin, Elvis Presley, and Damon Runyon.

Prepayment Optional

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.

To preregister and pay for your tour, click the “Book Now” button. You will receive an e-mail confirmation and receipt once your order has been processed.

We regard a senior as 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.

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).

Tour Highlights:



February 22, 1:00 pm
April 11, 11:00 am
April 28, 11:00 am
May 9, 11:00 am
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The southeast corner of 42nd Street & Sixth Avenue, at Bryant Park.

Subway Trains:

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


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 Monday, February 8th

1:00 The “Official” Gangs of New York Tour
Tour Status: Tours running as scheduled!
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.