When Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux designed Central Park, they were relative unknowns who had to comply with physical, budgetary and political restrictions. By the time they designed Prospect Park, they were national celebrities who had a much freer hand in creating the park of their dreams. Covering nearly 600 acres, the park is divided into a lake district, a meadow district and a rustic district. This tour will visit all three areas as well as the Camperdown Elm, the Oriental Pavilion, sites associated with Lord Stirling and Stanford White and Brooklyn’s only remaining natural forest.
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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.
The intersection of Prospect Park West and Ninth Street, at the Marquis de Lafayette memorial.
Finding Your Guides
All guides carry an 8×11 sign that says “Big Onion Walking Tours”.
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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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