There’s so much to do in Brooklyn. If you love amusement rides, you’ll want to visit Jane’s Carousel or Luna Park in Coney Island. If you like history then you’ll want to stop by the New York Transit Museum or the Brooklyn Museum. If you love food then you can’t miss eating Brooklyn pizza or our Brooklyn Chocolate Tour for some of the best chocolate in the five boroughs. Then there are simply beautiful places like the Brooklyn Botanic Garden and the view from the Brooklyn Bridge. Here are some of our favorites:
Walk across the Brooklyn Bridge
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One of the most famous attractions in Brooklyn is the Brooklyn Bridge. Originally the longest suspension bridge in the world, it now is a symbol of Brooklyn and even America. You can drive, bike or walk across to take in the incredible views. The pedestrian walkway sits above the traffic and is about a mile long. To get to the entrance from the Brooklyn side, head to the intersection of Tillary Street and Boerum Place. Access is open 24 hours a day.
Experience Brooklyn Botanic Garden
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The Brooklyn Botanic Garden is one of the most beautiful places in Brooklyn. If you’re looking to connect to the world of plants without leaving an urban environment, then this is the place. The 52-acre garden is known for, among other things, the Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden and the annual Cherry Blossom Festival. It’s open Tuesday – Sunday from 10 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Eat authentic Brooklyn pizza
Eating Brooklyn pizza is a rite of passage, like going to your prom or getting married. Some even say it’s easier to get good pizza in Brooklyn than it is in Italy. Is it the dough, the water or the heart of the people making it? We can’t be sure. But if you haven’t had pizza from Brooklyn then you just haven’t lived. Experience pizza and Brooklyn from one end to the other on our Brooklyn Pizza Tour which departs from Manhattan 5 days a week at 11 am.
Visit the New York Transit Museum
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Located in Downtown Brooklyn, The New York Transit Museum displays historical artifacts of the New York City Subway, bus, and commuter rail systems in the greater New York City metropolitan region. The Transit Museum is located in a decommissioned subway station at 99 Schermerhorn Street in Brooklyn and is open Tuesday-Friday: 10am – 4pm and Saturday & Sunday: 11am – 5pm.
Have fun in Coney Island
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Immortalized in movies like The Warriors, The Wiz and Brooklyn, Coney Island has it all. From amusement parks, the famous boardwalk, the New York Aquarium, Nathan’s Hot Dogs or just spending time on the beach, there’s something for everyone in American’s Playground. It’s also one of the stops on our Pizza Tour.
Spend time at the Brooklyn Museum
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If you love history,and art then you’ll want to visit Brooklyn Museum. Here you’ll find traditional African and Egyptian art to contemporary art to special exhibits year round. Located at 200 Eastern Parkway, the museum is open Wednesday – Sunday at 11 am – 6pm and stays open until 10pm on Tuesdays.
Take an iconic photo of the Manhattan Bridge
The view of Manhattan Bridge in DUMBO is one of Brooklyn’s most memorable sites. You probably recognize it from Once Upon a Time in America or your Instagram feed. In fact, it’s considered the most Instagrammed spot in NYC! This view is located at Water Street at Washington Street.
Take a Ride on Jane’s Carousel
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If you have a chance to ride Jane’s Carousel in Brooklyn Bridge Park, don’t miss out! You’ll take in the view of the Manhattan Skyline while playing on this carousel built in 1922. The 3 rows of 48 ornately decorated horses will blow your mind. The carousel is easily accessible from the Brooklyn Bridge Park entrances at Dock Street or Main Street. Open year round from 11am to 6pm.
Stroll though Green-Wood Cemetery
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From Jean-Michel Basquiat, Leonard Bernstein and Louis Comfort Tiffany (of stained glass fame), Green-Wood Cemetery is one of the most beautiful cemeteries in the world. Located in the Sunset Park section of Brooklyn, the urban cemetery was built before Central Park during the urban cemetery movement which made cemeteries that were like parks. Enter the Gothic Revival Style gates at 500 25th Street year round or let us take you there becuase it’s one of the stops on our Neighborhood Tour.
Go on the Brooklyn Chocolate Tour
Did you know that some of the finest traditional and artisanal chocolates in the world are now being made in Brooklyn? You’ll enjoy chocolate samples from four of the most exclusive chocolatiers in Brooklyn as we take you to neighborhoods not featured on our other tours like Red Hook, Cobble Hill, Gowanus and more! You’ll even visit Valentino Pier for one of the most amazing views of the Statue of Liberty anywhere in NYC!