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Brooklyn Heights Promenade: 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.

From Manhattan: 2-Hour Brooklyn Bridge Bike Tour

2. From Manhattan: 2-Hour Brooklyn Bridge Bike Tour

Get up close and personal with the famous Manhattan and Brooklyn Waterfront sites.  This guided bicycle tour explores the diverse, historical neighborhoods of Brooklyn and Manhattan. Cross the Williamsburg Bridge to Brooklyn Heights, considered to be America’s first suburb, boasting amazing skyline views across the water. Then head back along the Hudson River across to the Brooklyn Bridge, gliding peacefully above vehicular traffic and stopping to take amazing panoramic photos of lower Manhattan, the Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building, and more. We'll explore downtown Manhattan, the hub of the American financial system, plus Battery Park, South Street Seaport, Wall Street and more! This tour is rated as moderate in difficulty and covers approximately 12 miles.

Brooklyn: Half-Day Cycling Tour

3. Brooklyn: Half-Day Cycling Tour

Start your tour in Dumbo on the beautiful waterfront with sweeping views across the East River. Visit the historic and newly redeveloped Brooklyn Navy Yard and head into southern Williamsburg, a neighborhood of artists, graffiti, and some of New York City's best bars. Stop for breakfast before exploring the neighborhood. Ride into Greenpoint and Bushwick. Head to Fort Greene Park to see the Martyred Prisoners' Monument. Pass by the Barclay's Center and Historically Preserved Government Buildings. Stop at the Grand Army Plaza to see the Soldiers' and Sailors' Arch and the Public Library. Ride through Prospect Park, a cycling paradise. Head through Park Slope, Gowanus and Carroll Gardens, and perhaps stop at Other Half Brewing Company. Ride into Red Hook peninsula for a quick snack and drink along the waterfront.  Visit Steve's Key Lime Pies and take pictures of the Statue of Liberty. Stop at Widow Jane Distillery, and perhaps enjoy a quick chocolate tasting at Raaka Virgin Chocolate. Explore Cobble Hill's brownstone-lined streets and small restaurants. Head into Cadman Plaza and Brooklyn Heights to see the diverse architecture in tranquility at the first historically preserved neighborhood in the United States. Carry on back through Dumbo.

New York City: Night Skyline 4-Hour Bus Tour from Manhattan

4. New York City: Night Skyline 4-Hour Bus Tour from Manhattan

This tour will leave you breathless and allow you to take incredible photos of New York City. The tour starts at 6:30 PM. With your Urban Explorer SUV, you'll cross Manhattan and see one of the most famous sights in New York, Brooklyn Heights. After taking amazing photos of the Manhattan skyline and seeing the Brooklyn Bridge up close, you'll continue to New Jersey and make a brief stop, tasting a typical slice of American pizza with a view of Manhattan. Then, you'll arrive at the famous Hamilton Park, the highest point in New Jersey with an unforgettable view of the thousand lights of New York! The tour is suitable for all ages and ends at 10 PM near Times Square. The tour runs every Wednesday and Sunday.This tour will leave you breathless and allow you to take incredible photos of New York City. With your Urban Explorer SUV, you'll cross Manhattan and see one of the most famous sights in New York, Brooklyn Heights. After taking amazing photos of the Manhattan skyline and seeing the Brooklyn Bridge up close, you'll continue to New Jersey and make a brief stop, tasting a typical slice of American pizza with a view of Manhattan. Then, you'll arrive at the famous Hamilton Park, the highest point in New Jersey with an unforgettable view of the thousand lights of New York. Your tour concludes near Times Square.

From Manhattan: 2-Hour Brooklyn Bridge Sightseeing Bike Tour

5. From Manhattan: 2-Hour Brooklyn Bridge Sightseeing Bike Tour

See some of New York City's most famous sights while working up a sweat on this exciting sightseeing bike tour. Start the day with an uphill cycle to the City Hall district of Manhattan, and continue across the beautiful Brooklyn Bridge, climbing steadily uphill for approximately 15 minutes. Stop for a rest at the Brooklyn-side tower of the bridge for some spectacular photos of the Manhattan skyline. From 50 meters high, you'll be treated to unparallel panoramas of the city, so don't forget to bring your camera! After you've spotted the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, Staten Island, as well as port of Brooklyn, continue your tour descending into Brooklyn and riding past the historic houses of Brooklyn Heights. As you return over the bridge, passing the South Street Seaport, stop to take some more photos, taking advantage of the amazing views in all directions from the top of the Brooklyn Bridge. 

New York: Private 2-Hour City Tour by Jeep

6. New York: Private 2-Hour City Tour by Jeep

Unlike many other tours, the chauffeur for this journey is a knowledgeable, native New Yorker who will show you the most fascinating areas of the city – in just 2 hours. Begin in the historic West Village and then venture across the Brooklyn Bridge to the Brooklyn Heights Promenade for one of the most spectacular views of the Manhattan skyline. Visit lower Manhattan's most exciting neighborhoods. See the West Village, the original stomping grounds of New York's bohemians, SoHo, an artistic haven featuring numerous art galleries and shops, and TriBeCa, an up-and-coming neighborhood that’s home to an annual film festival. Continue on to South Street Seaport, a cobblestoned dock, where you’ll see some of the world's most impressive boats. Traffic permitting, you’ll visit the Financial District, home to The New York Stock Exchange, Chinatown, home to the largest Chinese population in North America, and Little Italy, home to more than 20 historical landmarks. Experience New York like never before in a Jeep Wrangler SUV!

Brooklyn: Sightseeing Bike Tour with Local Guide

7. Brooklyn: Sightseeing Bike Tour with Local Guide

Pedal off from the famous Dumbo area under the Manhattan and Brooklyn Bridge, and get sweeping views of Lower Manhattan across the East River. Continue to the redeveloped Brooklyn Navy Yard, and then head into the southern part of bohemian Williamsburg. Cycle to Fort Green Park and pass the preserved government buildings. Get stunning views of the Soldiers and Sailors Arch and Brooklyn Public Library from Grand Army Plaza. Then, experience the cycling paradise of Prospect Park before you ride into Red Hook for a quick snack and drink.  Hear how the area went from being the busiest port in the world to a place of crime, before artists moved in to the brick warehouses and brownstone houses. See local landmarks such as Steve's Key Lime Pies and Widow Jane Distillery, and grab some snacks along the way. End with a visit to affluent Brooklyn Heights, the first preserved historic neighborhood in the United States.

New York: Private SUV Highlights Tour

8. New York: Private SUV Highlights Tour

Explore Manhattan like a superstar via comfortable SUV. Get picked up at your hotel and then hop in the with your trusty local guide. Get ready to see Lower Manhattan like never before. Begin the tour in historic Greenwich Village, once home to the city's artsy bohemian crowd and future rock-stars such as Jimi Hendrix. Drive down the area's leafy streets and feel free to get out to take a photo whenever you like. Head south to the shopping mecca SoHo and trendy TriBeCa, known for putting on an annual film festival. Next, cruise along the Hudson River until you reach the Financial District, also known as FiDi. Explore the sobering  9/11 Memorial and One World Trade Center, the tallest building in North America. From there traverse the Brooklyn Bridge, one of the most iconic bridges on the planet. Depending on traffic, drive through densely packed Chinatown and then shrinking Little Italy, home to more than 20 historical landmarks and a plethora of Italian-American restaurants. If you’ve selected the 5-hour tour, see the rest of the best of New York City. In addition to the above, visit Central Park’s Strawberry Fields, Harlem’s 125th Street, and famous filming sites from Seinfeld and Sex in the City.

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

9. 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.

Brooklyn Heights: Private Walking Tour

10. Brooklyn Heights: Private Walking Tour

Connecting Long Island and Manhattan since 1883, Brooklyn Bridge has become a globally recognised symbol of New York. Cross it in the company of your personal guide before enjoying your own private trip around Brooklyn, encompassing Brooklyn Heights, the bridge itself, and DUMBO. Start at the foot of the Brooklyn Bridge entrance. Learn the fascinating history of the bridge and grab photo opps with Manhattan, Brooklyn and New York Harbor in the background. Hear tales of the origins of the ferry, the politics behind the building of the bridge, the complications around its construction, as well as the stories of designers and immigrant builders who made the project happen. Enjoy strolling along the tree-lined streets of Brooklyn Heights, the finest of all the residential neighborhoods of Brooklyn. Filled with colorful people and beautiful architecture, explore the myriad streets and alleys of America’s first ‘suburb’, including the Brooklyn Promenade, for absolutely unbeatable views of Manhattan. From the promenade, walk down to the ferry landing area and explore a small part of DUMBO (Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass). Formerly a manufacturing and industrial district, it is now a destination for artists and creatives alike, boasting many art galleries and high-end boutiques.

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What people are saying about Brooklyn Heights Promenade

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 233 reviews

I took the Brooklyn Bridge tour and Manny was our guide. Despite a cold dreary day I thoroughly enjoyed it. Manny was knowledgeable about the area and history of the bridge. It included riding over the manhattan and Brooklyn bridge and a nice ride in Brooklyn. The pace was not pressured and is fine for all ages. I'm 62.

We had such an amazing tour in the glorious sunshine. Our guide John was totally flexible and responded to our questions and requests. We had a break in a brewery with delicious burger and sandwich. We definitely recommend this tour. You get a unique impression and information about Brooklyn.

Our tour guide Steve ( not sure if I should be mentioning names) was very knowledgeable with facts. I had a vague knowledge but he enhanced facts. Thanks Steve and keep it up. Will surely use Getyourguide the next trip.

Wonderful personalized tour with our guide Seth. Amazing views of Manhattan from several vantage points.

Fun and entertaining. Our tour guide (Bob) was awesome.