Believing that the history of the Big Apple can be peeled like an onion, Big Onion Walking Tours has organized educator-lead walking tours of New York's ethnic neighborhoods and historic districts since 1991.

All tour guides hold advanced degrees in history from leading city and national educational institutions, and are licensed by the New York City Department of Consumer Affairs. We lead more than 25 different tours - including two special partnership tours with the Brooklyn Historical Society & the South Street Seaport Museum. We have been called "Best in New York" by New York Magazine and "one of the best urban walks in the world" by Big Onion is an approved vendor of the Department of Education.

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Big Onion offers many family tours and outings. We offer public walking tours year round that families can join.   All tours are also available for private/group bookings.


City Tours
These grade-appropriate tours of New York’s ethnic neighborhoods and historic districts provide insights on famous residents, events and architecture. Big Onion Tours is an approved vendor for New York City Department of Education outings and works closely with educators to integrate a tour into the classroom curriculum. Guides have teaching experience and advanced degrees in American history or related fields. All guides are licensed NYC tour guides.