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    May 21st Tours running as scheduled!
  • Explore NYC's Layered History

    Take a Big Onion Walking Tour and discover our City's rich history through memorable stories and little known facts.

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    About Us

    Since 1991, Big Onion Walking Tours has led locals and visitors alike on innovative and exciting tours through New York’s ethnic neighborhoods and historic districts.

    Our educator & graduate student guides lead tours that are the finest, most comprehensive, and thought-provoking walks available. Take a tour today and see why our patrons keep coming back for more!

    Tour Nitty-Gritty

    Cost $25 (most tours) $20 for seniors and students. Some tours cost more for xtras.
    Length 2 Hrs (give or take) Walking between 1 and 2 miles. Start on time!
    Advanced Booking (optional) Optional for most tours. Some tours require advanced booking.

    Why Tour With Big Onion



    Each tour is deeply researched and based on factual information.


    New York Experience

    As varied as the city we serve, we offer over 30 tours, in 20 different NYC neighborhoods.


    Expert Guides

    History grad students, certified by NYC, you can’t get any better than that.

    What are those free tours about?

    'Pay-what-you-wish' tours

    You know what they say...you get what you pay for. ‘Pay what you like’ tours are guided by freelance guides that develop the tours themselves. Who are the guides? How historically accurate are the tours? Can you ask them questions along the way? Big Onion prides itself on its deeply researched, factual and fun tours. We hire and pay real historians to give you a glimpse into the fascinating history behind the city and encourage discourse throughout the tour.

    Look Who Thinks We'Re Awesome

    “Astoundingly informative tours”

    Time Out New York Guidebook

    “Best Place to Take Out-of-Town Guests”

    The Village Voice

    “Great way to experience the city”

    800+ 5-Star Reviews

    Private Tours

    Have a special event or large party?

    All tours are available for private walks and group bookings. We can accommodate 1 or 500 walkers.

    For corporations, walking tours are great for team building, special events, and entertaining clients.

    For schools, we can assist in integrating our tours into an academic curriculum.

    Please call us at (212) 439-1090 ext 3 or email us for more information or to arrange.

    Gift Certificates & Discounts

    The perfect gift!

    Gift Certificates All tours are available for Gift Certificates. Give multiple tickets and deliver by email. The perfect last minute gift they won’t forget!

    Find out more about our Gift Certificates.