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NYC: 1-Hour Cruise Around Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island

1. NYC: 1-Hour Cruise Around Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island

Take a 60-minute boat ride to within 100 feet of the Statue of Liberty. Cruise right under the Brooklyn Bridge and see the most famous skyline in the world. Your live English guide will point out the sites as you journey along the river including the Empire State Building, the new Freedom Tower, the Manhattan Bridge, Governor's Island, and more. Make use of both the indoor and outdoor seating, along with large open windows for your viewing pleasure. Get within touching distance of "Lady Liberty" and then move on to Ellis Island to take photos of the famous entry point to New York City. Marvel at the skyline of Manhattan and its famous skyscrapers, including the new One World Trade Center. Glide down both the east and west sides of Lower Manhattan on this roundtrip cruise, and purchase drinks and food from the concession stand aboard the boat. 

New York City: Manhattan Island Helicopter Tour

2. New York City: Manhattan Island Helicopter Tour

Experience the best views in New York City from inside a helicopter, complete with large floor-to-ceiling convex windows for your viewing pleasure. On your flight you will see the beautiful Central Park, Hudson River, and New York Harbor, including the Intrepid Sea Air Space Museum. Cruise past the Rockefeller Center, Empire State Building, the World Financial Center, and the Chrysler Building from up high, as well as the iconic Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, Greenwich Village, South Street Seaport, and the Brooklyn Bridge, which dates all the way back to 1883. With tour narration and all heliport fees included, there is no better way to enjoy the dramatic and ever-evolving New York City skyline.

New York: Go City Explorer Pass with 95+ Tours & Attractions

3. New York: Go City Explorer Pass with 95+ Tours & Attractions

Go City offers you a selection of over 95 must-see NYC attractions, museums, and tours for one low pre-paid price. Save up to 40% compared to buying separate attraction tickets, and see New York's most popular attractions with one easy-to-use digital pass. Options include the Statue of Liberty/Ellis Island Ferry, 9/11 Museum and Memorial, Empire State Building, Edge, MoMA, American Museum of Natural History, and many more. Pick between a 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 or 10-choice pass, browse the included digital guide to check entry requirements for each attraction, and plan your itinerary. Scanning your pass at the gate or ticket office of an attraction (or tour) for the first time will activate it. You can then take up to 60 days to use the remaining number of choices purchased. Your Explorer Pass also features special perks including gift shop discounts or a free audio guide at selected attractions, helping you make the most of your New York trip and save even more along the way. The New York attractions you can choose include:  Museums and Galleries• American Museum of Natural History • The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) • 9/11 Memorial and Museum• Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum and Space Shuttle• Guggenheim Museum • Museum of Sex • New York Historical Society Museum • The Whitney Museum of American Art• Brooklyn Museum and Botanic Garden Combo• Museum of the City of New York• Museum of Jewish Heritage• Fotografiska New York Experiences• Top of the Rock Observatory• Empire State Building• One World Observatory• Edge• Hop-On Hop-Off Big Bus New York• Statue of Liberty Ferry and Ellis Island Immigration Museum• Central Park Bike Rental• The Downtown Experience by The RIDE• Ground Zero Museum Workshop: Hands-On 9/11 Tour• Brooklyn Bridge Full-Day Bike Rental• Hudson River Full-Day Bike Rental• New York Botanical Garden• Madame Tussauds Times Square New York• Spyscape• LEGOLAND Discovery Center Westchester• LEGOLAND Discovery Center at American Dream• Welcome to Harlem: Harlem Jazz Series• RiseNY• Surrey Bike Rental on Governors Island (2 hours)• SEA LIFE at American Dream• Escape Virtuality Tours• 9/11 Tribute Center and Walking Tour• Central Park Walking Tour• Yankee Stadium Tour• The TOUR• Woodbury Common Bus Tour (Round Trip + VIP Coupon Booklet)• Rockefeller Center Tour• Central Park Bike Tour• Brooklyn Bridge Bike Tour• Central Park TV and Movie Sites Walking Tour• When Harry Met Seinfeld Bus Tour • NYC TV and Movie Bus Tour • Brooklyn Bridge and DUMBO Walking Tour• Hamilton Happy Hour Tour• Catacombs by Candlelight Tour• Harlem Gospel Tour (Sunday Service)• High Line, Chelsea, Meatpacking District Neighborhood Walking Tour• Top Dog Tours NYC Marvel & DC Superheroes• Holiday Market & Christmas Lights Walking Tour (seasonal)• Ghosts of Greenwich Village Tour • New York City Sketching Art Tour• Top of the Highline and Vessel Tour• Fashion Windows Walking Tour• Pride Walking Tour• NYC Slavery & Underground Railroad Walking Tour• St. Patrick's Cathedral Tour with Express Entry• Best of Brooklyn Walking Tour in Williamsburg• Greenwich Village Walking Tour• Broadway & Times Square Walking Tour• Graffiti & Street Art Walking Tour in Brooklyn• Secrets of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island - Walking Tour• SoHo – Little Italy – Chinatown Neighborhood Walking Tour Food and Drinks• Spirits On Foot: Beer, Spirits and Wine Crawls• Food On Foot Tours• Queens-Flushing Meadows International Food Excursion Cruises• Lady Liberty Cruise: Circle Line Sightseeing• Harbor Lights Cruise: Circle Line Sightseeing (Upgrade fee applies)• Best of NYC Cruise: Circle Line Sightseeing (Upgrade fee applies)• Landmarks Cruise: Circle Line Sightseeing• Clipper City Tall Ship Sail - Daytime Statue or Harbor Lights (Seasonal) Customers save an average of 40% when buying the New York Explorer Pass versus buying tickets at the gate. Savings percentage based on most popular customer itineraries. Attractions and tours are subject to change. Please check the included guide for an up-to-date list of included experiences. Certain attractions or tours require advanced reservations. Make sure to follow the instructions included on the digital guide and place reservations well in advance where needed, as well as follow the top tips to ensure the best sightseeing experience with your Explorer Pass.

NYC: Luxury Brunch, Lunch or Dinner Harbor Cruise

4. NYC: Luxury Brunch, Lunch or Dinner Harbor Cruise

Step onboard the Bateaux New York for a sightseeing cruise from Manhattan’s Chelsea Piers. Enjoy stunning views of the NYC skyline with a180-degree sightseeing experience from a boat that is all-glass and includes curved ceiling and walls. Hop aboard the boat at Chelsea Piers and being your sightseeing adventure. Sail along the Hudson and East rivers, admiring the Manhattan skyline. Spot Freedom Tower and the Empire State Building. Get up-close views of the iconic Manhattan and Brooklyn bridges. Capture pictures of Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty. Gaze out th from one of the open-air decks for unobstructed views. Relax in the elegant atmosphere and take advantage of the attentive service as you dine on a brunch, lunch, or dinner prepared by the chef. Listen to a variety of tunes throughout the cruise played by a skilled pianist. Hear facinating facts about New York’s famous attractions. Dance to piano melodies that include jazz, blues, and Broadway hits. On the dinner cruise, enjoy the added entertainment featuring an acoustic trio of a baby grand piano, upright bass, and jazz guitar. For brunch, enjoy bottomless mimosas while taking in the spectacular views. Sample Bottomless Brunch Menu - Early Risers: Seasonal Fruit, Breakfast Pastries, Scottish Smoked Salmon, Scrambled Eggs, Breakfast Meats, Breakfast Potatoes, or Cinnamon French Toast Casserole - Late Risers: Organic Mixed Field Greens, Baby Romaine & Spinach Caesar, Roasted Broccoli Florets, Baked Ziti Pasta, Roasted Salmon Provençale, Maple & Mustard Glazed Chicken, or Hand Carved Strip Loin, USDA Choice - Desserts: Bateaux Signature Dessert Station Sample Plated Lunch Menu - First Course: Baby Romaine & Spinach Caesar - Entrée: Maple & Mustard Glazed Chicken Breast - Dessert: New York Style Cheesecake Sample Plated Dinner Menu - First Course: Baby Romaine & Spinach Caesar, Lobster Bisque, Togarashi Tuna Tartare, or Duck Pate De Foie Gras (available for additional price) - Main Course: Forest Mushroom Ravioli, Herb Roasted Shrimp, Maple & Mustard Glazed Chicken Breast, Braised Beef Short Rib, Pan-Seared Atlantic Cod, American Wagyu Striploin (available for additional price), or Broiled Maine Lobster Tails (available for additional price) - Dessert: New York Style Cheesecake, Humbolt Fog & Belletoile Triple Cream Brie Cheeses, Bateaux Signature Warm Butter Cake, Valrhona Chocolate Mousse, Freshly Cut Fruit & Fresh Strawberries, or French Macarons (available for additional price)

NYC: Circle Line Harbor Lights Cruise Skip-The-Box-Office

5. NYC: Circle Line Harbor Lights Cruise Skip-The-Box-Office

Experience New York at sunset on a cruise of the harbor, and take in all the sights and lights of Manhattan aboard a climate-controlled boat. Grab your friends, family, and coworkers - or even a random stranger - and embark on an unforgettable journey of the harbor with "Lady Liberty" keeping watch. With a drink in your hand, purchased from the fully stocked bar, feel the breeze on your face and be mesmerized by the shimmering skyline. Get endless photo opportunities to make you an Instagram star as you sail past legendary attractions such as the Statue of Liberty and get perfect views of the Freedom Tower - One World Trade Center, Empire State Building, Pier 54 (Titanic Pier), Battery Park, and more. See where millions of immigrants were processed when they arrived in America at Ellis Island, cruise past Governors Island, the South Street Seaport, and Brooklyn Bridge. Marvel at unrivaled views of the Manhattan Bridge, Williamsburg Bridge, and Chrysler Building, and discover the East Village, United Nations Building, and USS Intrepid Pier from a different perspective. 

New York: Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour

6. New York: Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour

With a choice of two different 1-day tickets with two route options, explore New York from onboard the open-top, double-decker sightseeing bus. Hop-off at the attractions you want to explore further, and see the city at your own pace before hopping back on the bus when you're ready to continue your tour. Travel on the Downtown Loop and the Uptown Loop, jumping off at any of the 40 stops along the way. Enjoy the best of Manhattan, from the flashing lights of Times Square and the iconic Empire State Building–New York's most prestigious skyscraper–to the fashion stores of 5th Avenue, or the impressive home of the United Nations. Onboard, you will have access to a high-quality live audio commentary, giving you a general overview of the sights. Downtown Loop Stop 1 - Times Square North - Corner of 57th St & 7th Ave Stop 2 - Times Square South - 7th Ave Stop 3 - Macys Stop 4 - Empire State Building 1 - 34th St between 5th & 6th Ave Stop 5 - Empire State Building 2 - 32nd St & 5th Ave Stop 6 - Flatiron District - 22nd St & 5th Ave Stop 7 - Union Square Stop 8 - Greenwich Village Stop 9 - SoHo - Corner of Spring St. & Broadway Stop 10 - Chinatown/Little Italy Stop 11 - City Hall / World Trade / Brooklyn Bridge / 9/11 Tribute Museum - Broadway between Rector St. & Exchange Place Stop 12 - Battery Park / Ellis Island / Statue of Liberty Ferry - State St & Bridge St Stop 13 - South Street Seaport Stop 14 - Lower East Side Stop 15 - East Village Stop 16 - United Nations Stop 17 - Waldorf Astoria Hotel Stop 18 - Rockefeller Center / Radio City Stop 19 - Winter Garden Theatre Stop 20 - Central Park Stop 21 - Park Central Hotel Uptown Loop Stop 19: Winter Garden Theater Stop 20: Hell's Kitchen - 42nd St & 8th Ave Stop 21: Restaurant Row Stop 22: Theatre District South - 50th St & 8th Ave Stop 23: Theatre District North - 55th St & 8th Ave Stop 24: Columbus Circle Stop 25: Lincoln Center Stop 26: The Dakota / Strawberry Fields Stop 27: American Museum of Natural History Stop 28: Quality Inn/Hotel Newton  Stop 29: Upper West Side - 104th St & Central Park W Stop 30: Cathedral of St John the Divine Stop 31: Grant's Tomb Stop 32: Apollo Theater Stop 33: Malcolm Shabazz Harlem Market Stop 34: Museum of the City of New York Stop 35: Smithsonian Museum of Design/Jewish Museum  Stop 36: Guggenheim Museum  Stop 37: Metropolitan Museum of Art Stop 38: Frick Collection Stop 39: Central Park Zoo  Stop 40: Central Park - South between 5th & 6th Ave. Stop 41: Park Central Hotel

From Manhattan: 4-Hour Dyker Heights Holiday Lights Bus Tour

7. From Manhattan: 4-Hour Dyker Heights Holiday Lights Bus Tour

Experience Christmas in New York City on a bus tour of Dyker Heights, world-known for its luminous light displays. Witness the festive decoration tradition that the residents have kept alive since the 1980s. Drive from Manhattan to Brooklyn and see lights from both on the bus and off with a guide. Enjoy this lively Italian-American neighborhood by bus with a live tour guide. Due to narrow streets, buses are not allowed in Dyker Heights, so hop off the bus and follow your guide to the 2 most illuminated streets in the area. See Lucy Spata's house which started the tradition of Dyker Lights in the '80s. Witness the neighborhood's largest at Santa Polizzotto home, standing at 15 feet tall. Next, stop at the Brooklyn Bridge in DUMBO/Brooklyn Heights. Take in the Manhattan Skyline and Brooklyn Bridge for about 25 minutes.  Return via the Manhattan Bridge. End the experience at Bryant Park where you can admire the famous winter market or take a spin on the Ice Rink.

New York Pass: Access to 100+ Attractions and Tours in NYC

8. New York Pass: Access to 100+ Attractions and Tours in NYC

Use The New York Pass on your phone for cash-free entry to over 100 New York City tourist attractions. See the best that the Big Apple has to offer with access to any of the attractions covered. Activate your pass at the first attraction or service you go to. Once activated, your pass records when and where you first used it and how long it will remain valid. Your New York Pass is then valid for the number of consecutive days that you've purchased. Activities include: POPULAR EXPERIENCES • Empire State Building • Big Bus Tours: 1-day Classic Tour • Top of the Rock Observation Deck • 9/11 Memorial & Museum • Edge (Hudson Yards) • One World Observatory • Statue of Liberty Ferry and Ellis Island Immigration Museum • Circle Line: Best of New York Cruise • Madame Tussauds New York • Central Park Bike Rental by Unlimited Biking • Guggenheim Museum MUSEUMS & GALLERIES • American Museum of Natural History • MoMA - Museum of Modern Art • Intrepid Sea Air and Space Museum • Museum of Sex • Whitney Museum of American Art • Fotografiska New York • Museum of the City of New York • New York Historical Society • Museum of Arts and Design • Museum of Jewish Heritage • Skyscraper Museum • Fraunces Tavern Museum • New York Hall of Science • Brooklyn Museum of Art • Museum at Eldridge Street • International Center of Photography • MOMA PS 1 • Staten Island Museum • Paley Center for Media • Museum of Chinese in America • Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum FAMILY-FRIENDLY • Central Park Bike Tour by Unlimited Biking • 9/11 Museum Workshop: Hands-On 9/11 Tour • The RIDE • Marvel & DC Superheroes Walking Tour • Yankee Stadium Tour • LEGOLAND® Discovery Center, Westchester • Staten Island Zoo • LEGOLAND® Discovery Center New Jersey • Staten Island Children’s Museum • Bike Rentals HIDDEN GEMS • New York Botanical Garden • Catacombs by Candlelight Tour • Harlem Jazz Series – Tuesday and Friday • New Museum • El Museo del Barrio • Manhattan by Sail: Shearwater Classic Schooner • Cathedral of St. John the Divine • Snug Harbor Botanical Garden- Staten Island • Brooklyn Botanical Garden TOURS & CRUISES • Central Park TV & Movie Sites Walking Tour • Rockefeller Center Tour • The Official Chinatown Walking Tour • How Money Was Made: Wall Street Walking Tour • Circle Line: Harbor Lights Cruise • Circle Line: Landmark Cruise • SoHo - Little Italy - Chinatown Walking Tour by NY Tours 1 • Manhattan by Sail: Clipper City Tall Ships Cruise • The Official Little Italy Walking Tour • Hamilton Tour • Colonial New York Retold Walking Tour • New York City News Media Tour • Brooklyn Bridge & DUMBO Neighborhood Walking Tour by Inside Out Tours • Brooklyn Bridge Bike Tours Attractions and tours are subject to change. Check the digital guide for an up-to-date attraction line-up including opening times and instructions on how to access each attraction before you go. Some tours and attractions require advance reservations.

From Manhattan: Full-Day NYC Boroughs and Coney Island Tour

9. From Manhattan: Full-Day NYC Boroughs and Coney Island Tour

Traveling by a comfortable motor coach and accompanied by your professional, licensed NYC bilingual tour guide, your day will start in the borough of Manhattan, known as “the city”, with a ride through Harlem in Upper Manhattan. You’ll learn about the development of this diverse neighborhood and see historic sites, such as the world-renowned Apollo Theater, the debut venue for many performers such as Ella Fitzgerald, The Jackson 5, Marvin Gaye, and many others. Next, you’ll travel north, to the borough of the Bronx, where you’ll see the home of one of the most famous baseball teams in the world: The New York Yankees! You’ll also learn about the birth of hip hop and view original street art while walking along the streets.  The tour continues across the East River into the borough of Queens, one of the most ethnically diverse counties in the US, whose residents speak over 100 languages. You’ll pass through the exclusive Malba neighborhood, with its many beautiful homes, and visit Flushing Meadows Park, home of the US Open (one of the oldest tennis championships in the world), as well as the New York Mets baseball team and the Unisphere (leftover from the 1964 World’s Fair). You will then proceed to visit the borough of Brooklyn, viewing the neighborhoods of Williamsburg and Crown Heights, home to one of the largest Hasidic Jewish communities outside of Israel, alongside a younger, gentrifying non-Jewish population. Afterward, you’ll head down to world-famous Coney Island, a destination for New Yorkers for generations, seeking fun and relaxation. Weather permitting, you’ll have an opportunity to explore the boardwalk, and to have lunch at the original, legendary Nathan’s restaurant. Finally, you’ll head back over the East River, passing by the historic Brooklyn Bridge, on your return into Manhattan. Please note that the day’s itinerary is subject to traffic conditions and may be modified due to time constraints.

From Manhattan: 2-Hour Brooklyn Bridge Sightseeing Bike Tour

10. 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. 

Insider tips: Planning a trip to Brooklyn

Megan Indoe is a Brooklyn based travel enthusiast who shares her adventures with her husband and photographer Scott Herder across their travel channels on social media and their blog, Bobo & Chichi as well as their local adventures and tips in New York at Your Brooklyn Guide.

What should I do on my first trip to Brooklyn?

While DUMBO and Williamsburg are among what most visitors think of when they hear Brooklyn, there is so much more. One not to be missed place near DUMBO is the Brooklyn Heights Promenade which offers panoramic views of the New York Harbor, Statue of Liberty, World Trade Center and Lower Manhattan skyline, as well as the Brooklyn Bridge along the mansion and tree lined pathway with ample seating and views!

What are some hidden gems to see in Brooklyn?

A neighborhood that’s an absolute hidden gem to visitors to the city is the neighborhood of Red Hook. This neighborhood sits on the waterfront of the New York Harbor and has at least a dozen independent art galleries, incredible Statue of Liberty and sunset views at Louis Valentino Jr. Park and Pier, wine tasting at the Red Hook Winery, a great food and drinking scene, and awesome photography spots that many people are unaware of. Red Hook is a bit isolated in terms of public transportation since the subway doesn’t service this neighborhood, so you either walk the 15-20 minutes from Carroll Gardens and the nearest subway, take the NYC water taxi directly to Red Hook, or use Citi Bike rentals.

How much time should I spend in Brooklyn?

On a trip to New York City you need to spend at least a full weekend around Brooklyn as there really is so much this borough has to offer. For a first timer, you should spend one morning in and around DUMBO and Brooklyn Heights then head to Williamsburg in the afternoon and evening for some of the best thrift shopping in the city, great dining, bars, and nightlife plus additional waterfront views of the skyline from the parks dotted along the East River.

Day two could easily be spent at Coney Island or if historic amusement parks aren't your thing we recommend spending the morning in Park Slope by grabbing bagels and enjoying breakfast on a bench in Prospect Park, walking around visiting the Old Stone House historic landmark and shopping along 5th and 7th Avenues. After lunch, walk or Citibike through Gowanus to Carroll Gardens all the way to Red Hook and visit a brewery or go wine tasting, check out the views of the waterfront, and enjoy dinner at upper deck of Brooklyn Crab and grab dessert at Steve’s Authentic Key Lime Pie.

What food is Brooklyn known for?

While in Brooklyn you can try just about any cuisine from around the world but if I had to pick two iconic meals to eat it would be bagels and pizza.

The secret ingredient to the city’s famous bagels and pizza is the New York City water which is some of the best quality drinking water in the country.

Our personal favorite bagel spots includes Bagel Pub which has a few locations around Brooklyn. Get an everything bagel and pick your favorite flavor of cream cheese or two! Another great bagel spot is Shelsky’s Brooklyn Bagel, which has two locations and they offer really great bagel, egg, cheese, and meat of your choice breakfast sandwiches on their bagels.

Brooklyn does pizza well and there are so many incredible pizza spots that you could spend a lifetime tasting them all. Juliana’s in DUMBO is where you can find one of the best pizzas in the city brought to you by someone who has been generationally in the NYC pizza business since the earliest days. Another great spot is Table 87 who does coal fired oven pizzas which are hard to come by in the city since being outlawed.

What is the best way to get around Brooklyn?

Getting around Brooklyn couldn’t be easier. You have many transportation options including the subway which connects the entire city and all you need is a credit card to tap or you can buy a MetroCard and pre-load it with money so you can get around the city for less than $3 a ride.

Depending on where you're wandering to in Brooklyn you can actually walk between some of the most popular neighborhoods - which is one of my favorite things to do since you typically walk through gorgeous brownstone filled streets and neighborhoods that really let you take in the beauty Brooklyn is known for.

Citi Bike rentals are easy and available in most parts of Brooklyn. Download the app and set up an account or link your Lyft account and when you need a bike you can check the app for the closest docking stations as well as find where you can dock the bike when you're done using it again. There are now electric Citi Bikes available too which are great if you don't want to work up a sweat but are a bit more expensive.

Taxis are not as common in Brooklyn but they do exist, you're better off using a rideshare app in this area so you're not searching for a cab.

What neighborhood should I stay in when I visit Brooklyn?

There are a few great neighborhoods to stay in Brooklyn. If this is your first visit then you will want to pick one of the beautiful hotels with views in Williamsburg or DUMBO.

DUMBO is a bit closer to the rest of exploring Brooklyn and you have waterfront views of Lower Manhattan with easy access to iconic landmarks like the Brooklyn Bridge and Manhattan Bridge. You can access the Brooklyn Bridge pedestrian pathway in DUMBO to take you to Manhattan too.

Williamsburg has great hotel options, many of which have rooftop bars and/or pools with skyline views. This is a great neighborhood to stay in if you want easy access to Midtown and are looking for a fun area for nightlife in Brooklyn.

What is the best thing to do in Brooklyn for couples?

Couples should definitely take advantage of a gorgeous Brooklyn sunset from either a waterfront picnic in Brooklyn Bridge Park or from one of the many incredible rooftop restaurants like Harriet’s Rooftop Lounge in DUMBO.

What are the best annual events in Brooklyn?

In the summer you have to check out Smorgasburg which takes place on Saturdays in Williamsburg and Sundays in Prospect Park. Smorgasburg is best enjoyed with friends so you can sample and taste many different dishes available from the different food vendors and some of the most popular food trucks in the city.

What are the best areas for outdoor activities around Brooklyn?

Brooklyn has so many amazing parks to enjoy. Be sure to check out Prospect Park, Central Park’s Brooklyn sister designed by the same architects. If you’re familiar with Central Park you’ll notice the similarities but they are still very different parks. In Prospect Park you want to check out the picturesque boathouse, walk through the different arches including the newly refurbished Endale Arch near Grand Army Plaza, and if you’re visiting in the winter check out the ice skating at LeFrak at Lakeside for one of the largest ice skating rinks for a fraction of the price.

Another park that’s great for outdoor activities is Brooklyn Bridge Park. Continue on the waterfront pathway towards Brooklyn Heights to find all the piers that have different playing fields, picnic areas, and outdoor activities to enjoy plus designated grilling areas all with some of the best skyline views in the city.

What are the best beaches around Brooklyn?

Coney Island Beach is the best in terms of having multiple offerings in addition to having a beach you can lounge around at all day or swim. Hang out at the beach, or if its a weekend summer day and this stretch of sand is a little crowded you can walk 10 minutes and enjoy the quieter shores of Brighton Beach, home to a large Russian community. Be sure to walk along the iconic Riegelmann Boardwalk and witness century old rides like the classic Wonder Wheel and Cyclone roller coaster at one of America's oldest and most famous amusement parks.

Which neighborhood has the best nightlife?

There are a few great spots for nightlife in Brooklyn but the two most popular for nightlife include the nightclubs in Bushwick and bars in Williamsburg.

Which neighborhoods are best for families?

Park Slope is a very family-friendly neighborhood, which is why it's one of the most desirable neighborhoods to live in the entire city for families as well as DUMBO. You can find plenty of playgrounds and kid-friendly activities in both of these neighborhoods.

Which neighborhoods are the most budget-friendly?

If you're looking to save money consider staying and or dining in Bushwick which has the nightlife and great food options! Check out some of this neighborhoods tortilla shops like Tortilleria Mexicana Los Hermanos for a delicious meal that won't break the bank as well as places that sell pizza by the slice, Joe's in Williamsburg is one of the best slice shops in the city and a great meal to save money.

Which neighborhoods should you visit if you'd like to splurge?

If you're looking to splurge you will want to book a room with skyline views at either 1 Hotel in DUMBO or the William Vale in Williamsburg. For dinner you can enjoy dinner at the River Cafe under the Brooklyn Bridge in DUMBO, just keep in mind there's a dress code here or if you really want to go all out secure a reservation in advance for Peter Luger's Steakhouse and enjoy one of the best steakhouses in the city. Typically you need to make a reservation months in advance and you will need to have cash on hand to pay.

Which neighborhood should couples add to their list?

DUMBO is full of romantic eateries with views, sunset spots perfect for an evening picnic like at Brooklyn Bridge Park or sit on the bench together watching the sun go down at Brooklyn Heights Promenade, and charming cafes.

What are some fun facts/history behind DUMBO neighborhood?

DUMBO is no doubt one of the most beautiful neighborhoods in the city as well as packed with fascinating history and remnants from the past. This neighborhood is full of large brick buildings from the American industrious boom. Many of the luxe apartments and venues in this neighborhood are in transformed, historic warehouse buildings and you can still spot the historic Belgian blocks under the streets in certain areas. Underneath the Brooklyn Bridge is Fulton Ferry Landing which served as a ferry service between Manhattan and Brooklyn since the 1600s when Brooklyn was nothing but farmland. Next to Fulton Ferry Landing you can grab a scoop of award-winning ice cream from Ample Hills named after and paying homage one of the most famous Brooklynites and figures in American Literature, Walt Whitman who worked as the Editor of the Brooklyn Eagle newspaper in the Eagle Warehouse Building across the street.

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What people are saying about Brooklyn

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Exactly as described! Wonderful narration. close enough to see the actual texture on the Statute of Liberty. Daylight when we took off, dark when we got back, so seeing the city two different times it seemed. Amazing!

Great tour, perfect the info on board from Chris. 2 hours passed quickly. Very close to the Liberty and wonderful impressions at night. We recommend.

Slow to get food and could not finish. Late return. Awesome day with views and experience.

Everything went great! We had reserved almost everything and came in straight away!

Amazing staff and food. Scenery and music was superb