On your first day in Brooklyn, make like a local and travel on two wheels. Bike tours offer a speedy way to explore the borough and see many of its key highlights. From popular sightseeing destinations such as the waterfront and DUMBO to the trendy neighborhoods of Williamsburg and Bushwick, you can pick an itinerary that’s in line with your interests.
In the afternoon, swap your speedy bike ride for a leisurely stroll, and discover Brooklyn’s historical side on foot. From the Brooklyn Navy Yard, which played a key role in World War II, to the borough’s Jewish heritage, there’s plenty to learn on a history-themed excursion. Don’t forget to grab a snack at a local cafe before you get started.
Right before the sun’s ready to set, make your way to the Brooklyn Bridge for a nighttime tour. Not only will you get acquainted with the borough’s most iconic landmark, but you’ll also have an unbeatable perspective on the city as the lights begin to twinkle.
Dedicate your second day in town to discovering Brooklyn’s trendy side, from its art scene to its coolest breweries. Kick things off with a morning street-art tour. Head to Bushwick to spot colorful, ephemeral works—or even learn how to make your own graffiti masterpiece with a local artist.
If you’ve worked up an appetite, then all the better: Brooklyn’s food scene is one of its unmissable highlights. Spend your afternoon sampling local pizzas, visiting Middle Eastern grocery stores, and stopping by family-run bakeries and cheese shops—and do some neighborhood sightseeing along the way.
It’s no surprise that in a borough as hip as Brooklyn, craft beer is a big deal. From trendy brewery visits to a crawl of locals-frequented watering holes, there’s more than one way to dip a metaphorical toe into Brooklyn’s suds.