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Brooklyn Heights

Brooklyn Heights

Brooklyn Heights, Brooklyn, New York

The Basics

Get a glimpse into Brooklyn's history in tony Brooklyn Heights, the perfect first stop on a tour of the borough's characterful neighborhoods. Much of the neighborhood belongs to the Brooklyn Heights Historic District—the first such district established in the city—which has preserved its architecture. In addition to visiting Brooklyn Bridge Park, drop by the Brooklyn Historical Society, experience the New York Transit Museum, and follow locals to the many top-tier restaurants found on Henry Street.

There are numerous options for exploring Brooklyn Heights. Go on a private walking tour to wander its historic streets, book a food tour to discover the neighborhood’s culinary highlights, or cycle along the area’s parks and promenades.

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Brooklyn Heights, Dumbo and The Bridge
Brooklyn Heights, Dumbo and The Bridge
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$81.25 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Informative, friendly, adaptive, catered to younger children as needed
Waterfront and Brooklyn heights neighborhood. Irene was friendly and full of interesting historical information. She adapted the tour to our needs and interests.
Tenny_A, Jul 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Brooklyn

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Great experience. Would recommend.
Kenny_C, Nov 2021
Lonely Planet Experiences: Brooklyn Food, History & Culture Small Group Tour
Brian was excellent. Very informative. Also had a great group of people which helped elevate the experience.
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Fun time at the Brooklyn Bridge!
THERESA_N, Nov 2021
Brooklyn Bridge Walking Tour
Our tour guide, Ed Rothstein, shared so much history about the Brooklyn Bridge and the surrounding city. I would highly recommend this trip, Ed and this tour company. Fun day!!
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Brooklyn, the undiscovered gem.
Carrollanne_L, Nov 2021
The Best of Brooklyn Walking Tour: "The Brooklyn Revolution!"
This was a wonderful tour. I cannot recommend seeing Brooklyn with Bruce too highly. He made the area fascinating, his history knowledge is superb and he really makes the entire area come alive. He’s also very tolerant; he let me stop for a lobster roll! Will also show you the best chocolate shop in Brooklyn.. Find out about the amazing Emily Rowbling , a real role model for our times.
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11/5 Brooklyn Food tour
Tracey_H, Nov 2021
Lonely Planet Experiences: Brooklyn Food, History & Culture Small Group Tour
Alex was very knowledgeable and patient. The samples were well curated and generously sized. Definitely recommend this tour.
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Great Day
Keith_F, Oct 2021
Brooklyn Bridge Waterfront Guided Bike Tour
Scott was great. He really made it a fun day for us. We were impressed with his knowledge of the area and he took time to talk about the things that were most interesting to us. We saw some incredible places throughout the day. We highly recommend this tour.
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Highly recommend
Lucy_O, Jul 2021
Brooklyn Bridge Waterfront Guided Bike Tour
Excellent tour. Scott was incredibly knowledgeable and made the tour fun. Very thorough tour with lots of stops along the way. Loved it.
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Eating your way through Brooklyn
Scott_I, Nov 2021
Lonely Planet Experiences: Brooklyn Food, History & Culture Small Group Tour
Great info, wonderful food, and a splendid walk through some beautiful and vibrant neighborhoods . We really enjoyed Alex and he was a super host.
star-5
Wonderful and informative!
JohnM, May 2021
Brooklyn Bridge Walking Tour
Michelle was wonderful! At first I was a little put off about a French person doing a tour of a New York icon, but Michelle obviously loves New York, has done her homework and was extremely informative. A great time was had by all!
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Amazing Christmas Tour!
Sofia_P, Feb 2020
New York Dyker Heights Christmas Lights
A great way to get into the holiday spirit!! The lights and decorations were amazing! The tour guide and driver were excellent!!
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Great for Christmas!
Julia_B, Jan 2020
New York Dyker Heights Christmas Lights
This was a fun thing to do on Christmas Night. Our tour guide not only shared facts and history about the neighborhood and the lights but also the sites that we passed on the way there. This was very enjoyable, my husband and I would highly recommend.
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Great tour
Michael_M, Oct 2021
Lonely Planet Experiences: Brooklyn Food, History & Culture Small Group Tour
Great tour. Guide was very knowledgeable. Worth going and seeing Brooklyn. Pizza was to die for. Ordered some to take home.
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Amazing experience and photos
Go29903403368, May 2019
Private Walking Tour in Brooklyn with Personal Photographer
My son and I visited NYC for the third time and we wanted to check some places we haven't seen in our previous trips, I found this tour with a personal photographer that I thought is the perfect idea.' Marc was knowledgeable of the area, made it fun and the photo shooting was so natural, I totally recommend this tour with him, it worth your money and the photos are spectacular! Next time in NYC I will reach out for our next experience.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Brooklyn Heights has long been home to movers and shakers; Marilyn Monroe, Truman Capote, W.E.B. DuBois, and other notables have all resided in the area.

  • Seek out Sahadi’s on Atlantic Avenue: The longstanding, James Beard Award-winning, Middle Eastern grocery store is a neighborhood classic.

  • Home to hundreds of pre-Civil War buildings, Brooklyn Heights is perfect for architecture enthusiasts.

  • Be sure to walk the narrow “Fruit Streets”—Orange, Cranberry, and Pineapple—on the north end of the neighborhood.

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How to Get There

Brooklyn Heights is served by multiple subway lines. Take the A, C to High Street – Brooklyn Bridge, the 2, 3 to Clark Street, the N, R, W to Court Street, or the 2, 3, 4, 5 to Borough Hall. The neighborhood can also be reached by ferry, bus, bike, or on foot.

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When to Get There

Brooklyn Heights is an attractive destination year-round. If you can, time your visit for good weather as the neighborhood highlights, from the Brooklyn Bridge Promenade to its brownstone-lined streets, are best appreciated on foot.

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Annual Events in Brooklyn Heights

There are plenty of noteworthy neighborhood events that draw locals and visitors throughout the year. The Brooklyn Heights waterfront offers exceptional views of the East River fireworks on the Fourth of July, while the Movies with a View event series brings visitors to Brooklyn Bridge Park in summer. Look out for Atlantic Antic (Brooklyn’s oldest and largest street festival, held every September) and the Brooklyn Book Festival (another annual autumn highlight).

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