Since the 1860s Central Park has acted as the “lungs” of the city, providing a refuge from the hustle and bustle of Manhattan life for residents and tourists alike. Explore Manhattan’s collective backyard and learn about the physical construction of the largest man-made work of art in New York, visit the scenic “literary walk,” enjoy the exquisite architectural details in the Bethesda Arcade and Terrace, and lose yourself (not literally- you’ll have a guide!) in the rustic Ramble. Guides may also discuss the Sheep Meadow, Belvedere Castle, Bow Bridge, the skating pond, Seneca Village, the Casino and the site of the “rocking chair” riot.
Central Park is not offered as a public “show up” tour in January & February as the walkways can be slippery and icy in the winter.
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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.
East side of Central Park West, between 66th & 67th Streets, at the small sign for "Tavern on the Green".
1 to 66th Street B/C To 72nd Street
Finding Your Guides
All guides carry an 8×11 sign that says “Big Onion Walking Tours”.
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 anywhere. 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.
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Gratuities are always appreciated, but never expected.
With 24+ hours prior to a walking tour, Big Onion offers a full credit for the value of the booking. Credits will be given as Gift Cards in dollar amounts. Gift Cards are good for two years and can be used on any Big Onion outing. Cancellations with less than 24 hours prior to the tour or no shows cannot be credited.
Walks are held rain or shine, but may be cancelled for severe weather or if museum is closed. In the event of a Big Onion cancellation or museum closure, full refunds or rescheduled tickets will be offered.
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