Unlike Philadelphia or Boston, New York’s Revolutionary Era is hidden behind modern buildings and obscure signs. We’ll uncover layers of history to reveal the Patriot/Loyalist conflict within New York as the nation was only beginning to develop. We’ll visit the site where the Declaration of Independence was first read to a New York audience, we’ll see the graves of Revolutionary War General Richard Montgomery and first Secretary of the Treasury Alexander Hamilton, the site of President George Washington’s Inaugural Address, Fraunces Tavern and the target of the Stamp Act mob in Bowling Green.
Revolutionary New York is given throughout the year and on holidays or dates that are historically significant, including:
April 30 (Washington’s Inauguration)
July 9 (the “real” NY Independence Day)
August 26-27 (Battle of Brooklyn)
Veterans Day (Celebrated)
December 4 (the British evacuation of New York)
Please view our Tour Schedule for additional dates.
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|Tuesday, January 28||1:00 pm|
|Monday, February 17||1:00 pm|
|Thursday, April 30||1:00 pm|
|Thursday, May 14||11:00 am|
|Monday, May 25||1:00 pm|
|Saturday, July 4||11:00 am|
|Saturday, July 4||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.
Intersection of Broadway and Murray Street, at gated entrance to City Hall Park.
Finding Your Guides
All guides carry an 8×11 sign that says “Big Onion Walking Tours”.
2/3 to Park Place, 4/5/6 to Brooklyn Bridge, R to City Hall.
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.
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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