Brooklyn is full of surprises! An attempt to narrow down the best things to do in this borough, coterminous with King’s County, can be taxing! With a plethora of places to visit in Brooklyn, you are bound to feel overwhelmed, especially with the piling FOMO (fear of missing out). From strolling across the iconic bridge to feasting your eyes on the lush Botanical Gardens, the options are truly endless.
To help make your itinerary simpler, we have devised a list of top 6 things to do in Brooklyn for a day (and night) well spent.
1. Take a Walk of the Brooklyn Bridge
Although there are numerous vantage points to catch stunning views of this bridge, you cannot miss the opportunity of traversing the glorious Brooklyn Bridge. This 1.3-mile long suspension connects Lower Manhattan to Brooklyn. Although used for commuting, it is heralded one of the most iconic structures in Brooklyn.
Since there are huge packs of people throughout the day, the ideal time to cross this bridge would be early in the morning, if you can manage that, or later in the night to dodge the bustling crowds. This 19th century feat can be crossed by foot, in a car, on a bike, or with the help of rollerblades to make the expedition much more thrilling!
2. Experience Art Galore in DUMBO
The Brooklyn side of the bridge winds up at DUMBO, the hotspot of trendy art. Short for Down Under Manhattan Bridge Overpass, this once industrial area is now a traverse of technology and art. Paved with cobblestoned streets and sprinkled with numerous trendy cafes, this scene nestles against the scintillating skyline.
Art enthusiasts can enjoy the thriving gallery galore at DUMBO. We recommend visiting Klompching gallery to enjoy contemporary art pieces or take a trip to SmackMellon, a non-profit organization showcasing art exhibitions by promising but underrepresented artists. If you are fond of theatre, keep a track of the upcoming theatrical performances at St. Anne’s Warehouse.
Once you have filled your heart with art, it’s time to fill that stomach! Touted the best pizza in all of Brooklyn, we suggest you head down to Grimaldi’s Pizzeria in DUMBO. Placed beneath the Brooklyn Bridge, the endless mass of tourists is testimony to this pizzeria’s raging popularity! Although the wait might be long, it is totally worth it.
3. Connect with Nature at Brooklyn Botanic Garden
This stunning garden spans over 52 acres in the heart of Brooklyn. A surreal experience for nature lovers, this famous attraction receives millions of tourists each year! Although the garden is open to visitors all through the year, the hours may vary according to season so it is best to see ahead of time and plan your trip.
Experience a wealth of flowers and plants at this nature’s haven. Visit the gorgeous Cherry Esplanade filled with stunning Kanzan cherries, experience the cascading roses at Cranford Rose Garden, titillate your olfactory senses at the Fragrance Garden, and much, much more! Make sure you have your cameras ready to take aesthetic photos for your Instagram feed!
4. Ride the Waves at Coney Island
If you’re looking for some real fun, hit the Coney Island, featuring an amusement area with more than 50 thrilling rides and attractions. You can find out all about the opening hours, timings, and rides before you plan your trip. Located in the southernmost part of Brooklyn, you can travel by train, bus, or car.
Coney Island holds many attractions for thrill-seekers. You can get some adrenaline rush at The Cyclone rollercoaster or laze at the beach while sipping Coney Island’s exclusive beers (but only if you’re 21 above!). Chow down Coney Island’s famous hotdogs and catch live fireworks every Friday during the season! With something for everyone, Coney Island is not a place to miss when visiting Brooklyn.
5. Shop Till You Drop at Brooklyn Flea
Part of the fun of traveling is shopping! While we’re at that, why not shop till you drop at what is fondly called the mother of all markets? The Brooklyn Flea has spiraled into one of New York’s top most attractions and warrants a visit.
The flea market starts in the first week of April and continues through November, giving tourists plenty of time to explore it. You can find practically everything here: a perfect amalgamation of antiques, handmade jewelry, arts and crafts of local designers, vintage furniture and decorations displayed by scores and scores of vendors.
The Brooklyn Flea is home to Smorgasburg, a food market offering a variety of artisanal cuisine ranging from cookies to falafels. Food aficionados can satisfy their taste buds after a wholehearted shopping spree!
6. Dig through the Jewels of History at Brooklyn Museum
Before you even set foot inside, take a moment to feast your eyes on the inventive Brooklyn Museum fountain. You must have seen videos of this fountain with kids and (even dogs) chasing the high spurts of water!
Experience a concoction of art and history at this renowned museum and the exhibitions and collections it hosts. You can find information about ticketing and timings to plan your trip to the museum accordingly.
With our top picks of things to do in Brooklyn, you will check all the famous landmarks this exciting borough has to offer!