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Prospect Park: Our most recommended tours and activities

Brooklyn: Half-Day Cycling Tour

1. Brooklyn: Half-Day Cycling Tour

Start your tour in Dumbo on the beautiful waterfront with sweeping views across the East River. Visit the historic and newly redeveloped Brooklyn Navy Yard and head into southern Williamsburg, a neighborhood of artists, graffiti, and some of New York City's best bars. Stop for breakfast before exploring the neighborhood. Ride into Greenpoint and Bushwick. Head to Fort Greene Park to see the Martyred Prisoners' Monument. Pass by the Barclay's Center and Historically Preserved Government Buildings. Stop at the Grand Army Plaza to see the Soldiers' and Sailors' Arch and the Public Library. Ride through Prospect Park, a cycling paradise. Head through Park Slope, Gowanus and Carroll Gardens, and perhaps stop at Other Half Brewing Company. Ride into Red Hook peninsula for a quick snack and drink along the waterfront.  Visit Steve's Key Lime Pies and take pictures of the Statue of Liberty. Stop at Widow Jane Distillery, and perhaps enjoy a quick chocolate tasting at Raaka Virgin Chocolate. Explore Cobble Hill's brownstone-lined streets and small restaurants. Head into Cadman Plaza and Brooklyn Heights to see the diverse architecture in tranquility at the first historically preserved neighborhood in the United States. Carry on back through Dumbo.

Brooklyn: Sightseeing Bike Tour with Local Guide

2. Brooklyn: Sightseeing Bike Tour with Local Guide

Pedal off from the famous Dumbo area under the Manhattan and Brooklyn Bridge, and get sweeping views of Lower Manhattan across the East River. Continue to the redeveloped Brooklyn Navy Yard, and then head into the southern part of bohemian Williamsburg. Cycle to Fort Green Park and pass the preserved government buildings. Get stunning views of the Soldiers and Sailors Arch and Brooklyn Public Library from Grand Army Plaza. Then, experience the cycling paradise of Prospect Park before you ride into Red Hook for a quick snack and drink.  Hear how the area went from being the busiest port in the world to a place of crime, before artists moved in to the brick warehouses and brownstone houses. See local landmarks such as Steve's Key Lime Pies and Widow Jane Distillery, and grab some snacks along the way. End with a visit to affluent Brooklyn Heights, the first preserved historic neighborhood in the United States.

Brooklyn: 2-Hour Prospect Park Guided Walking Tour

3. Brooklyn: 2-Hour Prospect Park Guided Walking Tour

The tour begins at the Brooklyn Public Library and sets off on a journey through many of the natural and historic landmarks of Prospect Park, including the Long Meadow, the Ravine, and the park’s system of lakes and streams. Each week, the tour focuses on a special theme, with a different route, content, and special behind-the-scenes site visits. From your expert local guide, learn about the park’s fascinating layers of natural and human history, including the flora and fauna that grows here, the architectural eras visible in the built environment, and how the use of the park has changed over time. Listen to lively commentary about the original vision of the park’s designers Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux, then learn about the projects underway today that support environmental conservation, historic preservation, and recreational and cultural access for Brooklyn natives and visitors alike.

Brooklyn: 6-Hour Guided Bike Tour with Food and Ferry Ticket

4. Brooklyn: 6-Hour Guided Bike Tour with Food and Ferry Ticket

Start your guided bike tour in the scenic neighborhood of Dumbo, Brooklyn, which lies along the East River right underneath the Brooklyn Bridge. From there, head through the Fort Greene Park area and admire the classic NYC brownstones while hearing about the neighborhood's key position during the American Revolutionary War. The ride continues on to Prospect Park, Brooklyn's largest park, which contains the borough's only lake. Nearby is the famous Green-Wood Cemetery. Ride by to check out its impressive gates, now designated a National Historic Landmark, and hear about its status as Brooklyn's first public park. Cycle on to reach the Ocean Parkway Bike Path. Built in 1894, it stands as the oldest bike path in the U.S. Ride all the way to Coney Island and enjoy a classic hot dog at Nathan's Famous. Continue on Ocean Parkway to Bay Ridge where you'll catch a ferry to Red Hook and reward yourself after a long ride with a meal at Hometown Bar-B-Que.  A ride back to Dumbo through Brooklyn Bridge Park with impressive views of Lower Manhattan complete the day.

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What people are saying about Prospect Park

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 29 reviews

Super trip with plenty of background information. Our guide always had the best spots in mind regarding coffee, lunch or a very much deserved ice ccremeclose to the end of our about 30-35 miles and 6 hours trip. Bikes are good. Give them a proper ride on the yard before the tour actually starts to check the shift gear, tire pressure,... as you will ride all day long and you want to be comfortable. No need to bring water bottles, as there is always a chance during the trip to get one in the neighborhoods. Don't forget sunscreen! Will come back for another trip!

We had such an amazing tour in the glorious sunshine. Our guide John was totally flexible and responded to our questions and requests. We had a break in a brewery with delicious burger and sandwich. We definitely recommend this tour. You get a unique impression and information about Brooklyn.

We highly recommend to take the 6 hour tour, (just considere to take drinking water). John was a amazing guide, we were very happy with the places, explanation, and rhythm of the tour. Thank you John.

Great tour, all the ins and outs from local john, and nost of all at almost freezing temperatures our feet kept warm!! Recommended highly

Wonderful personalized tour with our guide Seth. Amazing views of Manhattan from several vantage points.