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Top Things To Do In Brooklyn

Often overshadowed by the iconic Manhattan landmarks, it’s time that Brooklyn gets its day in the sun. Often cited as the first place to have something cool to do, Brooklyn takes food, fashion, and music trends very seriously. As the borough starts to grow, more and more tourists are making their way across the river to check out the Brooklyn scene. If you are heading to New York City, set aside a day to make your pilgrimage through Brooklyn’s top attractions.

Central Park Pedicab Tour for Two from VIP Central Park Tours (Up to 58% Off)
Central Park Pedicab Tour for Two from VIP Central Park Tours (Up to 58% Off)
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One- or Two-Hour Pedicab Tour of Central Park for Up to 3 with Photo Shoot at Gotham City Tours (Up to 57% Off)
One- or Two-Hour Pedicab Tour of Central Park for Up to 3 with Photo Shoot at Gotham City Tours (Up to 57% Off)
New York
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$15 for Admission for One to Children's Museum of Manhattan
$15 for Admission for One to Children's Museum of Manhattan
New York
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General Admission for One
General Admission for Two or Four to Children's Museum of the Arts (Up to 44% Off)
General Admission for Two or Four to Children's Museum of the Arts (Up to 44% Off)
Manhattan
4.7
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General Entry Tickets for Two or Four with Optional Audio Tour to 9/11 Tribute Museum (Up to 30% Off)
General Entry Tickets for Two or Four with Optional Audio Tour to 9/11 Tribute Museum (Up to 30% Off)
New York
4.3
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Admission for One, Two, or Four to the NYC Fire Museum (Up to 27% Off)
Admission for One, Two, or Four to the NYC Fire Museum (Up to 27% Off)
New York
4.5
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National Geographic Encounter: Ocean Odyssey
National Geographic Encounter: Ocean Odyssey
New York
4.3
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$35.38 $24.00
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General Admission for One Child Ages 3-12; Valid Through 12/31/20
A Membership for One or Two at The Bronx Museum of the Arts (Up to 52% Off)
A Membership for One or Two at The Bronx Museum of the Arts (Up to 52% Off)
Bronx
4.0
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Admission for Adult, Child, or Senior at Empire State Building
Admission for Adult, Child, or Senior at Empire State Building
New York
4.7
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04/01/20–12/31/20: Admission for One Child (Ages 6-12)

Strangely enough, one of the best reasons to visit Brooklyn is its iconic view of the Manhattan skyline. Walk through the Brooklyn Promenade or party on a rooftop in Williamsburg for picturesque views over the river.

Some of the best things to do in Brooklyn include:

  • Stroll across the historic Brooklyn Bridge
  • A band of circus performers and acrobats put on incredible shows at the House of Yes
  • Take a breather at Prospect Park
  • Go on a 3.5-mile horseback tour hosted by Kensington Stables
  • Hop in a canoe and explore the famous Gowns Canal

Events in BrooklynView All

Gazillion Bubble Show
Gazillion Bubble Show
New York
$83.00 $39.00
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The Gazillion Bubble Show at New World Stages / Stage 2 - Multiple Dates Available
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Standup Show Plus 6-Month VIP Season Passes (Up to 96% Off)
Standup Show Plus 6-Month VIP Season Passes (Up to 96% Off)
New York
$234.00 $15.00
93% discount_off
Two General Admission Tickets to a Show with Two 6-Month VIP Season Passes to Future Shows
5,000+ bought
Dinner Buffet Cruise for Two People from Cornucopia Cruise Line (Up to 52% Off). Three Options Available.
Dinner Buffet Cruise for Two People from Cornucopia Cruise Line (Up to 52% Off). Three Options Available.
Hoboken
4.3
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All You Can Eat Dinner Buffet Cruise for Two People: Valid Saturday
Laugh it up! Comedy Club (Through July 31, 2020)
Laugh it up! Comedy Club (Through July 31, 2020)
Poughkeepsie
$23.69 $12.00
49% discount_off
One General-Admission Ticket to One Comedy Show
660+ bought
Standup Show Plus 6-Month VIP Season Passes (Up to 96% Off)
Standup Show Plus 6-Month VIP Season Passes (Up to 96% Off)
New York
$234.00 $15.00
93% discount_off
Two General-Admission Tickets to a Show with Two 6-Month VIP Season Passes to Future Shows
430+ bought
New York Comedy Club: Roast Battle NYC
New York Comedy Club: Roast Battle NYC
New York
$221.00 $9.00
95% discount_off
Two General Admission Tickets to Roast Battle NYC & Four 6-Month VIP Passes to Any Future Show
390+ bought
Tour for Two Adults and Optionally Two Children of Lucy the Elephant (35% Off)
Tour for Two Adults and Optionally Two Children of Lucy the Elephant (35% Off)
Margate City
4.8
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$17.00 $11.00
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VOYAGE - The Ultimate Journey Tribute Band Featuring Hugo on Saturday, August 22
VOYAGE - The Ultimate Journey Tribute Band Featuring Hugo on Saturday, August 22
Huntington
$38.25 $19.99
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VOYAGE - The Ultimate Journey Tribute Band Featuring Hugo
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Drag Brunch Drive-In on Saturday, July 18
Drag Brunch Drive-In on Saturday, July 18
Paramus
$65.10 $65.00
07/18/20 at 2 p.m.: One General-Admission Ticket with Brunch for One or Two People
2 bought

Brooklyn has quite a storied history. There was a time in New York history when the absolute wealthiest residents settled down outside of the city in Brooklyn. The remnants remain in the old-school brownstones that line some the Brooklyn’s most popular areas and streets.

Popular attractions near Brooklyn include:

  • Walk the fruit streets of Brooklyn Heights
  • Journey through Fort Tilden for a deep tour of Brooklyn culture
  • The Brooklyn Superhero Supply Store is a one-stop shop for all of your comic book needs
  • Visit Buzz-o-Rama, the last slot car racing arcade in Brooklyn
  • Skip the farmers market and find food on Wildman Steve Brill’s foraging tours

Looking for the best Brooklyn neighborhoods to explore? The best-maintained streets are in Historic Brooklyn Heights, but a stroll through Boerum Hill or Park Slope will provide plenty of photo ops for tourists and locals alike. There are almost too many fun things to do in Brooklyn today to choose.

Fun things to do in Brooklyn today include:

  • Go on a Brooklyn Waterfront Bike Tour
  • Eat BBQ with Austin, TX roots at Briskettown
  • Take a Momofuku Milk Bar baking class
  • Enjoy vegan comfort food at Modern Love Brooklyn
  • Greenpoint Terminal Gallery offers an engaging mix of shows by emerging artists

Brooklyn’s live music scene is part of what makes the neighborhood’s nightlife so appealing. That’s just the beginning — Brooklyn has bars, pubs, and dance clubs fit for any occasion. Many of them are open until at least 4am.

Things to do in Brooklyn at night include:

  • Watch a hoops game at Barclays Center
  • North Brooklyn’s premier electronic and dance music venue, Output, offers a low-key experience
  • Buy a ticket to a concert at Brooklyn Steel
  • Catch live music at Baby’s All Right in Williamsburg
  • Check out the showtimes at Alamo Drafthouse

Brooklyn is one of the best places in New York City to make memorable childhood memories. Before your little ones aren’t so little anymore, seek out Brooklyn’s finest playthings and playgrounds.

Things to do with kids in Brooklyn include:

  • The newly renovated Luna Park features tall roller coasters, including the century-old Cyclone
  • Let the little ones explore all there is to offer at Brooklyn Children’s Museum
  • Run around the Pier 6 Playground in Brooklyn Bridge Park
  • Ride the subway of yesteryear with the New York Transit Museum
  • Try the Brooklyn Blackout Cake, offered at many Brooklyn bakeries around the borough

Museums in BrooklynView All

Now Open: All Access Pass for One Child or Adult to SPYSCAPE (Up to 35% Off). Six Options Available.
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928 8th Avenue, New York 8.2 mi
4.8
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$39.00 $25.00
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Through 5/31/21: All Access Pass for One: Valid Thursday Only (Starting 3/4/21)
Up to 25% Off on Museum at Attracions4us
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$32.00 $24.00
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Ripleys Believe it or not Times Square for One
Book Now: Standard, Combination, or All-Inclusive Experience Admissions for One Adult to One World Observatory (Up to 37% Off)
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285 Fulton Street, New York 5.5 mi
4.7
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Standard Admission Experience for One Adult (Ages 13–64)
Admission for 2, 4, 6, or 10 to the Nassau County Firefighter's Museum (Up to 54% Off)
Up to 54% Off at the Nassau County Firefighter's Museum
1 Davis Ave, Garden City 19.2 mi
4.6
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Admission for Four People
General Entry Tickets for Two or Four with Optional Audio Tour to 9/11 Tribute Museum (Up to 30% Off)
Up to 30% Off Entry to 9/11 Tribute Museum
92 Greenwich Street, New York 5.2 mi
4.3
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Museum of the City of New York Visit for Two or Four, or Annual Individual or Family Membership (Up to 68% Off)
Museum of the City of New York – Up to 68% Off
1220 5th Avenue, New York 9.9 mi
4.6
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$40.00 $15.00
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Dodge the sun and enjoy a self-guided tour of Brooklyn’s many museums. New York Transit Museum, The Brooklyn Museum, MoCADA, and Brooklyn Historical Society are just a few of the dozens of Brooklyn museums that rival Manhattan’s finest art collections.

For more Brooklyn things to do indoors, try the following:

  • Light-up signs grace the storefront of the Lite Brite Neon Studio
  • Visit Gowanus Batcave, an abandoned power station being turned into an arts center
  • Hunt for vintage clothes at Brooklyn Flea Fort Greene
  • Drop into a hip hop-inspired yoga class at Y7
  • Cinephiles will enjoy the no-frills Spectacle Theater