Top Tours of Brooklyn

Cherry Blossoms at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden
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There's a lot to see and do in Brooklyn, year-round. Here's a partial list of tours, some self-guided and others run by commercial companies, that explore different neighborhoods, historical periods and yes, even food themes, in New York's much beloved "outer borough."

Top Brooklyn Tours

If you have time for only one Brooklyn tour, make sure you do one (or all) of these:

  1. Walk the Brooklyn Bridge
  2. Brooklyn Navy Yard
  1. Brooklyn Brewery
  2. Green-Wood Cemetery

Self Guided Walking Tours

One of the most wonderful things about New York City is that so many vibrant neighborhoods exist side-by-side. Take yourself on a little walking tour of a Brooklyn neighborhood. Most of the following tours are brief, requiring only about an hour. (More itineraries to come.)

  1. Victorian Neighborhood: Prospect Park South
  2. Brief Walking Tour of Victorian Brooklyn Heights (DIY)
  3. Sunset Park History Walk
  4. A Walk Through DUMBO's Front Street
  5. Special Tours of Brooklyn
  6. September 11 Memorials

Commercial Guides: Walking Tours

Why is it that New Yorkers don't visit the Empire State Building, and Parisians don't visit the Eiffel Tower? It's great fun for New Yorkers to learn about Brooklyn and a guided tour is an excellent way for visitors to get a sense of Brooklyn in just a few hours.

  1. 14 Best Guided Walking Tours of Brooklyn

Summer Tours of Brooklyn (Self Guided)

Summer in the city is filled with interesting things to do, not the least of which is to explore Brooklyn.

Take a few hours for a beer tour in Williamsburg, or a walking tour of Revolutionary War sites that played a key role in the historic Battle of Brooklyn.

  1. Great Summer Tours of Brooklyn
  2. Half-Day Flea Market Tour
  3. August: Battle of Brooklyn Revolutionary War Tour

Autumn/Winter Tours

Halloween, Columbus Day, Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Christmas, Kwanzaa, and Hanukkah dominate the autumn calendar in New York City.

Still, you can take self-guided and commercial tours of Brooklyn. And, don't miss a few very special off-season tour opportunities!

  1. October: Open House NY Tours