Lower Manhattan: Forging the Historic Metropolis – In Person Tour

Walk in the footsteps of George Washington, Alexander Hamilton & others on this broad-reaching tour of today's Financial District.

Check out our Historic Lower Manhattan Virtual Adventure related to this walking tour.

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.

Tour Info

Cost: $30
$20 Seniors and Full-Time Students

Health & Safety Guidelines
For our in-person walking tours, see our FAQs below for information regarding our Stay Well NYC Pledge.


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Public Tour
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Tour Schedule
Saturday, December 191:00 pm
Tour Reservations

Big Onion requires all walkers to reserve and pay in advance. Prepayment helps us determine group size and appropriate guide numbers.

NOTE: You will select your date in the next step.

Reserve Your Spot
Refund Policy

For bigger groups, consider a private walking or virtual tour!

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.

For more information, or to arrange, please call  (718) 499-3001 or email info@bigonion.com.

Meeting Location

Location:
Front steps of the U.S. Custom House, AKA the Smithsonian Museum of the American Indian, located at Bowling Green.

Subway Trains
4/5 to Bowling Green, R to Whitehall Street, 1 to South Ferry.

FAQs for In-Person Street Walks

Health & Safety Guidelines
Due to Covid-19, Big Onion has proudly signed the Stay Well NYC Pledge and we ask that all of our customers follow these guidelines as well.

Masks Are Required
Wearing of masks is required on our in-person walking tours, unless it is medically unsafe to do so. Our guides wear, and we are offering for sale, reusable gray cloth masks with the Big Onion logo (distributed in individual factory-sealed bags) that come with a behind-head “ear saver” available for purchase for $12. They can be ordered, with your booking, in advance, or at the start of tours via contactless payment.

Social Distancing
On in-person tours, Big Onion will follow the recommended outdoor social distancing protocols and will be using audio technology to aid with hearing. Details will be provided in your booking confirmation.

Contact Tracing
Big Onion will securely retain client contact information for one month, for contact tracing purposes, if necessary.

Guides
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.
More about our guides.

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.

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.

Tips
Gratuities are always appreciated, but never expected.

Reschedule Policy
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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