Brooklyn Bridge Park

Brooklyn Bridge Park: Our most recommended tours and activities

Manhattan: Brooklyn Bridge & Dumbo 2.5-Hour Walking Tour

1. Manhattan: Brooklyn Bridge & Dumbo 2.5-Hour Walking Tour

Meet outside the Tweed Court House to begin this informative 2-hour to 2.5 hour walking tour. Beginning with the establishment of Brooklyn, once an independent city, then moving on to discuss the borough's diversity and its position as the most populous section of New York City today. Here you'll also have a view of some of the most prominent landmarks of Lower Manhattan. Approaching the Brooklyn Bridge you'll learn about the roots of ferry travel across the East River, the politics behind the building of the bridge, and the trials and tribulations of the Roebling family – the designers of the famed bridge – and their contributions. Listen to riveting facts about the construction of the bridge, its immigrant builders, and how it encouraged commerce between Brooklyn and Manhattan. Along with getting background on other bridges, buildings, and monuments, while crossing the East River you'll have several photo opportunities as you traverse the Brooklyn Bridge and descend into the trendy Dumbo (Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass) neighborhood. While in Dumbo, stroll the cobblestone streets still crisscrossed with old Brooklyn trolley-tracks and lined with historical architecture. Once crumbling warehouses now contain condominiums, restaurants, shops, boutiques, and galleries. As the tour comes to a close in Brooklyn Bridge Park, you can take in scenic waterfront views of the Manhattan skyline and the Brooklyn Bridge.

NYC: Contrasts & Color Bus Tour of Bronx, Brooklyn, & Queens

2. NYC: Contrasts & Color Bus Tour of Bronx, Brooklyn, & Queens

Experience New York City beyond Manhattan on this contrasts and color themed bus tour that visits Bronx, Brooklyn, and Queens. Learn about the art, history, and culture of the city alongside a NYC expert guide. Start your tour in the heart of Manhattan near Times Square. Meet your guide and board the tour bus to the historic Harlem neighborhood, famous for its African American roots, food, and more. After a stop at the Apollo Theater Walk of Fame, continue to the Bronx, birthplace of hip hop and rap. See Yankees Stadium and learn about baseball in the city. Head off to see graffiti murals unique to this borough. Next, visit Queens, the largest borough and home to NYC’s largest Chinatown. Stop to see Flushing Meadows Corona Park, originally developed to host the 1939 World’s Fair and then the 1946 World’s Fair. See memorable monuments, Citi Field, and other spots at this scenic park. Leaving Queens, travel to Bushwick Collective in Brooklyn, currently NYC’s most prolific neighborhood for street art and graffiti murals. It’s a foodie destination, too, so take a break and grab some food if you’re hungry. In Brooklyn, see the distinct shops, fashion, and eateries of the Hasidic Jewish community that is currently thriving in Williamsburg. Get a chance to appreciate their unique culture. Moving on, from the Dumbo neighborhood and Brooklyn Bridge Park, see the picturesque Brooklyn Bridge, the longest suspension bridge in the world at the time it was built. Enjoy views of the Manhattan skyline. End your tour in Little Italy. Enjoy this lively cultural district while exploring on your own. Grab dinner, go shopping, or find something else to do to your liking.

From Manhattan: Half-Day Brooklyn Food and Culture Bus Tour

3. From Manhattan: Half-Day Brooklyn Food and Culture Bus Tour

So many people visit New York City and never get to see Brooklyn. It's been said that a trip to Brooklyn is like a trip around the world. Find out for yourself on a unique 4.5-hour tour. Explore the ethnic diversity of New York City on a guided tour that’s both a history and a gastronomy lesson. Take a trip back in time in this New York borough that you probably haven’t heard all that much about. New Williamsburg is a neighborhood that’s home to many ethnic groups and a thriving art community. Enjoy a slice of delectable authentic Neapolitan brick-oven thin-crust pizza and a freshly prepared cannoli for dessert. Drive through the ultra-orthodox Hasidic Jewish area where time seems to stand still. Greenpoint features one of largest Polish populations in the United States. Visit a favorite neighborhood eatery that offers up the best kielbasa sausage and pierogies. In the DUMBO area you’ll stop for a sample of delicious chocolate at the Jacques Torres chocolate factory. Visit Brooklyn Bridge Park for a stunning view of the Manhattan skyline.

Secrets of New York Christmas Tour

4. Secrets of New York Christmas Tour

There is no place like Christmas in New York. Have an unforgettable evening exploring the decorations of some of the most famous and iconic New York City Christmas landmarks as well as other holiday scenes usually missed by tourists. Discover the "secrets" of every location you visit that you will not find in guidebooks. You will learn about New York City history, and also visit some movie and famous TV show locations. Since this is a Christmas tour, the theme throughout the tour will be just that, Christmas. The tour will include all of the following: -Central Park (including the pond and Home Alone 2 locations) -The world-famous Plaza Hotel -Decorations near 5th Avenue -Visit inside St. Patrick's Cathedral for their nativity scene -The Wall Street Christmas Tree and menorah -The light show at Winter Garden Atrium -The Union Square Holiday Market There's more but it's a secret.

NYC: 2-Hour Private Brooklyn & SoHo Tour with Photographer

5. NYC: 2-Hour Private Brooklyn & SoHo Tour with Photographer

A walking tour of New York’s most historic and picturesque neighborhoods. Starting in SoHo and traveling via the New York City Subway system, walk over the Brooklyn Bridge and explore infamous Brooklyn neighborhoods.  Take a unique opportunity to be photographed, on a private walking tour in historic lower Manahattan, with the iconic New York City skyline as a backdrop. Explore SoHo, The Brooklyn Bridge, DUMBO, Brooklyn Heights and Brooklyn Bridge Park. Capture photos with unmistakable backdrops of New York City. During the tour, take one subway ride, captured in photos of course. Learn how the subway works, so you are comfortable doing so for the duration of your stay, no doubt saving you time and money.

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What people are saying about Brooklyn Bridge Park

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 224 reviews

Andrew was a great captain! It was a very relaxed and peaceful tour. Much better than any other water tour I’ve been on in NYC. No crowds to deal with or constant maneuvering around people just to get a good photo. I highly recommend booking this tour and already have plans to return with my girlfriends. The best for the best! Do yourself a favor, book with Brooklyn Sail. Keep up the good work Ian and Andrew!

Kevin is extremely knowledgeable and informative. Tour had many stops with key information provided at each stop. I was amazed how Kevin kept track of all the participants and their country of origin. Gave us lots of other tips re where to eat in Dumbo (including options), transportation, and other interesting facts in the region. Thank you!!!

We loved it! The sights were stunning. Charles did a great job recounting all the stories about the building of the bridge. It was indeed a long, hot walk, but totally worth it.

Enjoyed the variety of tastes we experienced as well as the historic backgrounds of the neighborhoods we visited.

Julia was very knowledgeable and in horrible wet windy conditions she did very well