South Street Seaport: Navigating the Port that Made New York

Between the Brooklyn Bridge & Financial District lies one of New York's oldest and most interesting neighborhoods!

Roam the cobbled streets of the oldest intact Manhattan neighborhood on this walking tour exploring the Seaport Historic District. Discover the neighborhood’s rise and fall as a port and more recent efforts to preserve its historic significance despite threats from rising tides and real estate. Learn about the sailors, carousers, fishmongers, and shipping titans who created a boisterous 19th-century waterfront and the 20th-century homesteaders and dreamers who sought to tell their story. Stops could include: Schermerhorn Row; the Paris Cafe; Seaman’s Church Institute; historic Front Street; Old Fulton Fish Market; tall ships Peking and Wavertree; and some of the best views of the Brooklyn Bridge around!

Tour Info

Cost: $25
$20 Seniors and $15 Full-Time Students

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Tour Schedule
Saturday, March 241:00 pm
Saturday, April 711:00 am
Monday, April 231:00 pm
Monday, May 141:00 pm
Wednesday, May 3011:00 am
Tuesday, June 121:00 pm
Saturday, June 2312:00 pm
Tuesday, July 311:00 am
Sunday, July 811:00 am
Tour Reservations

Big Onion happily accepts walk up participants. However, many Big Onion customers prefer to pay in advance. Prepayment also helps us determine group size and appropriate guide numbers.

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

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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.

Meeting Location

Meet: the southeast corner of Broadway & Fulton Street, in front of the Fulton Center

Finding Your Guides
All guides carry an 8×11 sign that says “Big Onion Walking Tours”.

Subway Trains
Subways: A/C/J/R/Z/2/3/4/5 to Fulton Center.

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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.

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.

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.

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Refund Policy
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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