Things To Do In Brooklyn for Tourists

By Go City Expert

Brooklyn has so much to offer tourists, from hip eateries to trendy galleries, world-class art museums to relaxing gardens. This NYC borough is known for its diverse neighborhoods and cutting-edge culture. Here, you'll truly find something for every traveler. In fact, there's so much to do, see, taste and experience in Brooklyn, that tourists may want to start with our list of top local activities and attractions, including...

  • Brooklyn Botanic Garden
  • Brooklyn Museum of Art
  • Weeksville Heritage Center
  • Jewish Children's Museum
  • New York Transit Museum
  • And more!

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Brooklyn Botanic Garden

The Brooklyn Botanic Garden makes it easy to get back to nature, even in the heart of the city! For over 100 years, this historic garden has delighted, inspired, and educated visitors with 52 acres of lush plant collections. Relax in the calm of the Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden, travel back in time in the Shakespeare Garden, or learn about New York's wildflowers and woodlands in the Native Flora Garden. Even winter visitors can enjoy green foliage and colorful blossoms in the climate-controlled plant pavilions and greenhouses; there's even a plant-themed gallery for the art enthusiast. Admission: Brooklyn Botanic Garden tickets are included with the New York Pass.

Brooklyn Museum of Art

Calling all art lovers: you'll want to take your time exploring the Brooklyn Museum of Art. With five floors and more than 1.5 million pieces, this institution is the U.S.'s second-largest art museum. Displays cover thousands of years of human artistic endeavors, ranging from ancient Egyptian works to contemporary masterpieces. You'll find world-famous pieces by Rothko, O'Keefe, Rockwell, and more as well as special exhibits and displays. Admission: Brooklyn Museum of Art tickets are included with the New York Pass.

Weeksville Heritage Center

Travel back in time to the 19th century at the Weeksville Heritage Center. This interactive museum is located in one of the first free African-American communities in the country. Here, you'll find carefully preserved local history and learn about life in the 19th and 20th centuries. Explore this historic site, enjoy lunch at the cafe, attend a performance and experience day-to-day life from another era.

Jewish Children's Museum

If you're visiting Brooklyn with little ones, don't miss the Jewish Children's Museum. Interactive exhibits, hands-on activities, and special programming make learning about Jewish culture and history fun. You can join a craft workshop, climb on the 50,000-square-foot wire structure, and play in the museum's two state-of-the-art computer labs. Young tourists will love the mini-golf course on the museum's roof, as well as the game show studio and game gallery.

Brooklyn Historical Society

Delve into the borough's rich history at the Brooklyn Historical Society. This combination museum, library and educational center has been documenting the borough's history since it opened its doors in 1863; today, the Brooklyn Historical Society serves as community and civic center in the heart of Brooklyn Heights. Located in a stunning landmark building, the Society offers exhibits, maps, manuscripts and photos, all related to 400 years of local history.

New York Transit Museum

New York City is home to the largest public transportation system in the U.S.; visitors to the New York Transit Museum can learn all about this amazing network. Housed in a decommissioned 1936 subway station, the museum provides visitors with an immersive, interactive experience. Learn about the long history of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority as you explore how engineering, technology, and hard work transformed New York's transit system. The museum features a working platform level, vintage cars, city buses and exhibits that explore the past — and future — of transportation. Admission: New York Transit Museum tickets are included with the New York Pass.

Liberty Helicopters

See Brooklyn — and a lot more — from the air as you soar over the city with Liberty Helicopters. New York City's largest and most experienced helicopter fleet gives you a bird's-eye view as you soar above the city. With safety and security as the top priority, you can choose from two helicopter tour options. Get your camera ready, because these views are unparalleled! Tip: New York Pass holders can receive a 15% discount on their Big Apple or NY, NY Tours from Liberty Helicopters.

Graffiti and Street Art Walking Tour of Brooklyn

Brooklyn is known for its urban art, and graffiti/street art is a prime example of this creative, cultural phenomenon. On the Graffiti and Street Art Walking Tour of Brooklyn, you'll take to the streets of Bushwick to uncover works by some of the city's prominent local artists. Your experienced guide will provide both historical and sociological context for the many works you'll encounter on the tour. Expect a glimpse into the colorful, vibrant and creative world of street art. Admission: Graffiti and Street Art Walking Tour of Brooklyn tickets are included with the New York Pass.

Best of Brooklyn Walking Tour in Williamsburg

No exploration of Brooklyn would be complete without exploring one of the borough's most famous neighborhoods, Williamsburg. As you stroll the streets of this artsy district, you'll find boutiques, galleries, eateries and lofts galore, a.k.a. the quintessential Brooklyn experience. Keep your eyes peeled for historical buildings and street art as your tour guide illuminates Williamsburg's development over the years, including the influx of "hipsters" and the effects of gentrification. Admission: Best of Brooklyn Walking Tour in Williamsburg tickets are included with the New York Pass.

Remember to Save on Admission

As you can see, there's plenty of great attractions to visit in Brooklyn. Make the most of your trip by visiting more attractions and saving more money with the New York Pass. If you're a New York Pass holder, you can easily show your pass for free entry at over 90 attractions in New York City as opposed to paying admission at each venue. For more information on the New York Pass, click here.

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Taking a Cruise Along the Brooklyn Waterfront

[caption id="attachment_591" align="alignleft" width="5545"] Brooklyn Bridge Park[/caption] [spacer height="20px"] In recent years, cool millennials, families, tourists (and pretty much everybody else) have been migrating from Manhattan to Brooklyn to experience this wonderful borough and its rich history and influential culture. Visitors yearn for more sightseeing options in Brooklyn and companies have noticed. Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises is the latest to jump on board the Brooklyn bandwagon with their brand new cruise - Hello Brooklyn! [spacer height="20px"] [caption id="attachment_592" align="alignleft" width="858"] Hello Brooklyn Route[/caption] [spacer height="20px"] The Hello Brooklyn tour departs from Pier 83 (42nd Street) and makes its way Downtown for views of the Statue of Liberty and Staten Island. On its way North, the cruise goes around the coast of Brooklyn from Bay Ridge to Williamsburg, exploring the borough's history and beauty along its piers and coast. Prepare to ride under the three East River Bridges (Brooklyn Bridge, Manhattan Bridge, Williamsburg Bridge) for an up-close look at their amazing engineering and majestic glory. [spacer height="20px"] [caption id="attachment_600" align="alignleft" width="1000"] Circle Line Cruise Under the Brooklyn Bridge[/caption] On board of the cruise, you can enjoy a specially catered menu from local Brooklyn companies, such as Blue Marble Ice Cream, Brooklyn Brewery, Brooklyn Cupcake, Brooklyn Cured, Brooklyn Gin, Brooklyn Roasting Company and more. The tours are narrated by some of New York's best tour guides offering insight into the rich history of Brooklyn as well as fun bits of information you won't find in encyclopedias. The tour is 2 hours long and departs daily from Pier 83 at 2:30pm and is free with the New York Pass.
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Last-Minute Holiday Gifts

It’s...wait. It’s WHAT day in December? How did that happen? How is Christmas so soon? Isn't it still October? Why haven’t I been shopping/ordering/baking? While we can’t help with the cookies for the office cookie swap, we can help make your last-minute gift shopping a little less woeful. Here, our tips for last-minute holiday gifts. Museum Gift Shops For a classy gift that’s elegant and thoughtful, try a museum gift shop. At The Frick, you can get gorgeous coffee-table books, posters, tote bags, scarves, and even some truly unique offerings, like a clock paperweight and a stunning porcelain tray. Uptown at Cooper-Hewitt, you can find fabulous design-inspired gifts, from a Bauhaus-inspired chess set to a puzzle that seems to change colors with the light. You’ll also find stocking stuffers like a snowflake trivet and a citrus squeezer, plus cute stuff for kids, including plush toys, a gummy bear puzzle, and reusable paper. A perfect place for last-minute holiday gifts. Holiday Markets If you haven’t discovered the holiday markets already, now would be the moment. The holiday markets at Bryant Park and Columbus Circle are great for handmade goodies like jewelry and toys, while the Union Square Market is especially good for food items (Jams! Bread! And get yourself some hot cider!) And if you’re near (or travelling through) Grand Central, their yearly holiday market focuses on handmade American goods. Note: Most of the markets are up through December 24, so hasten thee there immediately! Need more info on them? We’ve got the holiday market info here. Drugstores Now, hear us out. We don’t mean a desperate last-minute Christmas-Eve run to your local CVS (though, hey, if you have to, you have to.) We’re thinking something a little more well-conceived. So, consider giving a gift-wrap kit. Get the recipient gift wrap, tape (no one ever has enough tape), gift tags, bows, and maybe a little something to munch on while they wrap (also conveniently located in the drugstore.) Genius! Everyone will be grateful. Specialty Food and Wine Stores Do they love cheese? Wine? Cheese AND wine? Do they have a secret stash of chocolate in their desk? (Honestly, who doesn’t?) For a truly fun Christmas experience and some stellar chocolate, head to Myzel’s, a tiny jewel box of a candy store across from City Center. Christmas decorations abound, and you can get beautiful chocolate by the pound, as well as a fabulous selection of licorice. Plus little stocking stuffers and perhaps a cookie for you. (You’re working hard!) For fantastic cheese, head to the iconic Murray’s cheese shop in the Village, with maybe a stop at Astor Wines. Now, those are gifts.
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The New York Pass App Hit One Million Downloads

[caption id="attachment_507" align="aligncenter" width="529"] New York Pass App and Guidebook[/caption] Recently, we celebrated an astonishing one million downloads of our iPhone app. When we add the 300,000 Android downloads, our app has been downloaded 1,300,000 times! Thank you everyone for supporting the New York Pass and exploring the Big Apple with us. Rated on iTunes, the New York Pass App has helped many people plan their itineraries, get valuable New York City tourist information, and provided thousands with much needed directions in the occasionally confusing city grid. [caption id="attachment_508" align="alignleft" width="200"] Homepage Interface[/caption] [caption id="attachment_514" align="alignleft" width="200"] Main Menu[/caption] The New York Pass app serves as the perfect accompaniment on your sightseeing trip. The interface is very easy to navigate and the app is available for iPhone, iPad, and Android phones in English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Simplified Chinese and Spanish (the app will download in the language that corresponds to the language of your device). The app is entirely free, and serves as a guidebook and navigator, and also enables users to purchase their passes though it for the discounted online price. Click through the top left menu icon to uncover the contents of the app, including list of attractions, sample itineraries, useful tourism info and latest attraction news on the bottom. [caption id="attachment_511" align="alignleft" width="200"] Museum of Modern Art[/caption] [caption id="attachment_510" align="alignleft" width="200"] Attractions[/caption] The list of attractions is segmented by type, for easier navigation. Each individual attraction contains images, a live Google Maps map with current location and information about opening hours, addresses etc. The gate prices are included for reference. General admission entry to each attraction on the list is free of charge for New York Pass holders. Location and contact information are view able by selecting the icons in the top right corner. By selecting the heart icon, you can add the attraction to your favorites for easier access. To access the offline map of the area, swipe left on the header image. [caption id="attachment_512" align="alignleft" width="200"] New York Pass App, Map with Current Location[/caption] [caption id="attachment_542" align="alignleft" width="200"] Map with all attractions[/caption] The online map enables you to see attractions in your area and give you directions to them. The customized Google Maps map is a great tool for getting around town, without having to carry a huge fold-able map or having to ask strangers for directions. To view this map, you have to have an internet connection and your location services must be enabled. The full version of the map, with all attractions segmented by type is available in the main menu. You can zoom in and out depending on the amount of detail you want to see. You can also view this map on our website. [caption id="attachment_517" align="alignleft" width="200"] Custom Itinerary[/caption] [caption id="attachment_509" align="alignleft" width="200"] Buy New York Passes[/caption] Within the app, you can also make your own custom itinerary, or view pre-made itineraries for inspiration. You can access those any time when you're on the go. If you don't have your New York Passes yet, you can purchase it right on the app and get the discounted online price. Beware that you cannot select shipping when purchasing through the app, so if you want your passes delivered, please buy them on our website. You can download the New York Pass app for free on iTunes or Google Play.
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