Brooklyn, NY

What to visit in Brooklyn (New York)


New York City is a place so full of life, tourist attractions, and places to go, that it is no surprise many of its neighborhoods are so famous. Brooklyn is one of those places and it is definitely one of the most attractive boroughs to visit in NYC.

Just a few minutes away from Manhattan, there are many places to see and fall in love with this borough. Even if you are visiting NYC, you can stay in Brooklyn and Commute to the different places you want to see, and I can assure you will love the experience.

There are many tourist guides on what to do in NYC, and pretty much each one of them includes walking the Brooklyn Bridge and seeing Manhattan from a different perspective. In this post, I will focus on Brooklyn and tell you all the must-see places in this famous borough of the city that never sleeps.

Walk across the Brooklyn Bridge

Crossing the Brooklyn Bridge is one of the things that you must-do if you are visiting The Big Apple. You can walk, drive, or ride your bike to cross it, but the real experience is by foot. It will take you around 25 minutes walking from Manhattan to Brooklyn. Here, the view is so amazing that it is a really enjoyable journey.

The bridge is such an important landmark that even New Yorkers are still charmed with it and enjoy the experience. The pedestrian walkway is just right above the traffic, and along the way, you will get the chance to take in the impressive view of Manhattan’s skyscrapers.

Enjoy a sunbath in Brooklyn Bridge Park

Brooklyn Bridge Park is one of my favorite places in the borough to spend a summer afternoon. After crossing the bridge, start your visit by this lovely park where you will get an impressive view of Manhattan, the Bridge, and of course, the Statue of Liberty. The sight is so amazing, that just sitting there and enjoying the view makes it worth it.

After taking in the vista from the park, you can play volleyball or basketball, go kayaking or even swimming. There is a restored merry-go-round that dates back to 1922, and it is one of the most iconic places in the park.

Tour the district by bike

The best way to explore it like a Brooklynite, you should rent a bike, either from Citi Bike or any traditional bike shop. I promise that touring the place on two wheels is an experience you should not miss while getting around.

It is so common and attractive not only for visitors but many tour companies offer Bike tours with different themes, like graffiti or beer tours. You can even get some tours to Coney Island.

Escape to Coney Island

This spectacular stretch of Brooklyn is only a ride away from Manhattan, but it feels like it is miles away. You can either get your bathing suit and sit in the sand and enjoy the beach and the sun, especially during summertime, or walk along the famous boardwalk while eating ice cream.

There is an aquarium, an amphitheater, and many places to eat. Coney Island has a beach escape vibe, as well as a fun carnival vibe.

Visit the New York Transit Museum

If you like interesting places, then a jump to the past in the Transit Museum will be an unforgettable experience. It is located in a decommissioned subway station in downtown Brooklyn and has an exhibition of memorabilia that tells the history of transportation in New York. The museum feels like you just traveled in time back to 1907.

It is a perfect place to go either alone, with friends or even children, since there are many public programs, especially for kids.

Admire art in the Brooklyn Museum

Another fascinating museum is the Brooklyn Museum, where the experience starts even before you get in with a hypnotizing fountain that shoots water up from the floor. Once you are inside, you can see some of its permanent art collection of contemporary art and a large collection of Egyptian art.

Besides the permanent collection, the museum offers some rotating exhibits from famous and varied artists from different backgrounds. Some of the most popular ones have included David Bowie, Georgia O'Keeffe, and Basquiat.

Try the famous pizza in DUMBO

The first neighborhood you find after crossing the bridge is the famous DUMBO. Down Under Manhattan Bridge Overpass. It used to be an industrial neighborhood that has turned into a hotspot for art, culture, and music. In DUMBO, you will find a great combination of warehouses, restaurants, shops, and art galleries.

After exploring all the cultural and artistic places DUMBO has to offer, you can head to Grimaldi’s, the most famous pizza place in Brooklyn.

Walk around Williamsburg

Another fascinating neighborhood you cannot miss in Brooklyn is Williamsburg. The place has gone through a lot of changes since the ’90s, back then it used to be a place for those who could not afford to live in Manhattan. Nowadays, it has become the heart of hipster culture in Brooklyn.

Bedford Avenue, its main shopping street has an interesting fusion between mainstream places, like Whole Foods and Starbuck, and local shops and restaurants that keep the indie vibe in Williamsburg.

Enjoy a concert on a barge

Bargemusic is a charming concert hall housed in a reformed 100-foot steel barge from 1899. The place was founded in 1977, and ever since, it has been the scenario of many concerts. This magic concert hall offers a complete calendar of chamber music and free concert series on weekends for families.

Listening to a concert in the only floating concert hall in New York is an exceptional experience you cannot miss.

Brooklyn is a lovely place, with so many exciting and artsy attractions to visit that if you are traveling to New York, you should at least spend a whole day around the borough. Besides its amazing places, the commute to NYC is pretty interesting, and just walking across the bridge makes it a worthy experience.

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