Come tread in the footsteps of American legends like Alexander Hamilton and George Washington! Winding our way through the twisted streets and remaining colonial past, this tour will explore just how New Amsterdam actually did become New York, and how New York lost Congress, but gained Wall Street. From the 1624 “purchase” of Manhattan through the American Revolution, Washington’s inauguration, the building of a new nation to the rise of skyscrapers, this tour brings the founding of our nation, and city, back to life. Stops could include: Trinity Church and churchyard, Federal Hall, Fraunces Tavern, the New-York Stock Exchange, and sites associated with 18th-century slave uprisings, Alexander Hamilton, George Washington, Victoria Woodhull, JP Morgan, and Peter Stuyvesant.
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|Tuesday, June 19||1:00 pm|
|Monday, June 25||12:00 pm|
|Saturday, June 30||12:00 pm|
|Thursday, July 5||12:00 pm|
|Sunday, July 15||10:00 am|
|Thursday, July 19||12:00 pm|
|Monday, July 23||1:00 pm|
|Saturday, July 28||2:00 pm|
|Wednesday, August 1||12:00 pm|
|Saturday, August 4||1:00 pm|
|Wednesday, August 8||1:00 pm|
|Friday, August 17||12:00 pm|
|Monday, August 20||1:00 pm|
|Saturday, August 25||10:00 am|
|Thursday, August 30||1:00 pm|
|Saturday, September 1||2:00 pm|
|Tuesday, September 4||1:00 pm|
|Monday, September 10||1:00 pm|
|Tuesday, September 18||1:00 pm|
|Saturday, September 22||2:00 pm|
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.
Front steps of the U.S. Custom House, AKA the Smithsonian Museum of the American Indian, located at Bowling Green.
Finding Your Guides
All guides carry an 8×11 sign that says “Big Onion Walking Tours”.
4/5 to Bowling Green, R to Whitehall Street, 1 to South Ferry.
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 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.
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Gratuities are always appreciated, but never expected.
Full refunds are available by request up until 72 hours prior to a walking tour. Between 72 and 24 hours prior to the scheduled tour we offer credit to be used on any future walk. Cancellations with less than 24 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.
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