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Dumbo Tours

Dumbo
Its name may suggest cartoon elephants, but Dumbo—a waterfront neighborhood in the north of Brooklyn—is actually one of the borough’s most stylish and photogenic enclaves. Dumbo’s cobblestone streets and converted warehouses are home to trendy galleries, boutiques, coffee shops, and one of the city’s truly iconic pizzerias.

The Basics
Once a nondescript ferry landing and industrial manufacturing area, Dumbo underwent a striking renovation in the latter half of the 20th century. It also changed monikers: Formerly known as Gairville, the neighborhood was redubbed Dumbo—short for Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass—in the 1970s. Now home to art galleries, tech companies, and top-notch bars and restaurants, Dumbo has become one of New York City’s most expensive and in-demand areas. Its proximity to the Brooklyn Bridge and Brooklyn Bridge Park also makes it a popular tourist destination.

Dumbo features on dozens of New York itineraries, many of which pair Brooklyn Bridge walks with neighborhood explorations. Other tours focus on the area’s destination-worthy food scene, while biking tours offer a speedy way to sightsee.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • One of Dumbo’s most photographed corridors is Washington Street, which perfectly frames the view of the Brooklyn Bridge between two buildings.
  • The Brooklyn Flea is a popular vintage, craft, and food market, and it’s held in Dumbo’s Manhattan Bridge Archway on Sundays from April to October.
  • Jane’s Carousel, located in Brooklyn Bridge Park, is a beautifully carved merry-go-round that dates to 1922—and it only costs a couple bucks to ride.

How to Get There

If you’re a Brooklyn first-timer, never fear: Dumbo is just minutes away from Lower Manhattan if you travel by subway. Take the A or C line to High Street–Brooklyn Bridge station or the F train to York Street station. The area can also be reached by ferry, bus, and water taxi, or on foot, by car, or by bike.

When to Get There

Dumbo is appealing throughout the year, but the neighborhood has so many open-air attractions that it’s best to go when the weather is fine. In the summer months, Brooklyn Bridge Park plays host to Movies with a View, a weekly open-air film series that makes the New York skyline its backdrop.

Must-Eat Locations
One of Dumbo’s culinary highlights is Grimaldi’s: a traditional coal-burning brick-oven pizzeria and a Brooklyn icon. After stopping to enjoy a whole pie, you can also drop by Jacques Torres for chocolate, the Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory for a sweet treat, and the Brooklyn Roasting Co. for a perfectly pulled espresso.
Address: Brooklyn, New York 11201, USA
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16 Tours and Activities to Experience Dumbo

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Brooklyn Private Walking Tour With A Personalized Itinerary

Brooklyn Private Walking Tour With A Personalized Itinerary

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Avoid the typical generic Brooklyn tour with this personalized adventure through New York's hippest borough, with a private guide and an itinerary designed just for you. With your half-day outing, you can explore districts from DUMBO to Williamsburg, visit original shops with handmade crafts, clothing, and jewelry, and even stop to sample some New York cuisine, at your own expense. Since your guide makes recommendations based on your interests, expect to enjoy the best of Brooklyn on your own terms.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$123.24
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$123.24
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Brooklyn Neighborhoods Small-Group Bike Tour

Brooklyn Neighborhoods Small-Group Bike Tour

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Immerse yourself in Brooklyn’s one-of-a-kind ambiance, and get an overview of its destination-worthy neighborhoods, on a small-group bicycle tour of the borough. Choose from several departure times, and meet your guide in DUMBO—right below the Manhattan and Brooklyn Bridges. Explore the Brooklyn Navy Yard and Williamsburg, see Fort Greene Park and Prospect Park, explore Carroll Gardens and Cobble Hill, and pause for refreshments at local, artisanal eateries.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$68.00
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$68.00
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A Day in Brooklyn Bike Tour

A Day in Brooklyn Bike Tour

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Experience Brooklyn like a local on a cycling tour through the borough’s hippest neighborhoods, including tough-to-reach areas that visitors often miss. Avoid the stress of navigating on your own as you follow a guide to popular landmarks and hidden gems, including breweries and eateries to rest and refuel. Photo stops and complimentary tastings along the way make this a popular choice for active New York visitors.
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  • 5 to 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$88.00
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$88.00
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Private Tour: Personal Travel Photographer Tour in New York

Private Tour: Personal Travel Photographer Tour in New York

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Save yourself the hassle of taking selfies or asking strangers to take your picture on this tour of New York with a private photographer. You can fully customize your tour so you can get the perfect backdrops to your photos. Plus, your photographer guide is a local expert, so you can learn and hear stories about your destinations along the way.
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  • 1 to 3 hours
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$205.39
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$205.39
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Manhattan and Brooklyn Bridge Bicycle Tour

Manhattan and Brooklyn Bridge Bicycle Tour

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Travel across two of New York’s iconic bridges in the space of a few hours—and enjoy a one-of-a-kind perspective on the city’s waterfront—on this seamless, small-group tour by bike. Beginning in the morning, meet your guide in Brooklyn’s DUMBO neighborhood, and grab your bike and helmet. Cycle across the Manhattan Bridge into Chinatown, continue along the water, and head to South Street Seaport. From Lower Manhattan, cycle next across the world-famous Brooklyn Bridge, as you make your way back to DUMBO.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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New York City Night Tour with Private Local Guide

New York City Night Tour with Private Local Guide

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Explore the ‘City That Never Sleeps’ after dark during this private walking tour of Brooklyn and the Brooklyn Bridge. Discover the elegant mansions, vintage lofts, and trendy stores of popular Brooklyn areas like Brooklyn Heights and DUMBO, then cross the iconic Brooklyn Bridge as you enjoy the city lights.
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  • 3 hours
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$121.00
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From Dumbo to Downtown

From Dumbo to Downtown

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Your ride begins at the world famous Water Street in Dumbo, Brooklyn. You’ll then be taken through the streets of Brooklyn with stops in Dumbo, Vinegar Hill and Brooklyn Heights, a posh residential area known for its tree-lined promenade along the East River. You’ll take in breathtaking views of Manhattan and the Statue of Liberty before your ride across the Brooklyn Bridge all while traveling in the most awesome way of transport via sidecar motorcycle to see our great city. This tour is a no-nonsense experience to see as much of this awesome city in the shortest time possible. You will get a taster for the sweet allure of riding by sidecar and want to reach out and touch the city as it whips by you. ( But, uh, please don’t try and touch literally!)
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Brooklyn Street Art Bike Tour

Brooklyn Street Art Bike Tour

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Art enthusiasts that want a taste of New York's underground art world can skip the museums and opt for this artsy bike tour, where you explore Brooklyn by bicycle. From Bushwick to Fort Greene, Williamsburg to DUMBO, you can follow your guide across Brooklyn to enjoy street art and waterfront vistas. Highlights include the Bushwick Collective murals, Brooklyn Navy Yard exhibitions, and the towering edifice of the old Domino Sugar Factory.
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  • 2 to 3 hours
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Brooklyn Waterfront Bicycle Tour

Brooklyn Waterfront Bicycle Tour

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Explore the Brooklyn waterfront, and travel in ease, on a small-group bike tour of the area. Meet your guide in the early evening, and pick up your helmet and bicycle. This accessible, 5-mile (8-kilometer) itinerary begins in the trendy DUMBO neighborhood. Pass under the Manhattan and Brooklyn Bridges, and head into the charming neighborhood of Brooklyn Heights. After admiring the historical sights, continue along the Brooklyn Heights Promenade to Brooklyn Bridge Park.
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  • 1 hour
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$38.00
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Brooklyn Street Art Graffiti Private Tour by Foot and Subway

Brooklyn Street Art Graffiti Private Tour by Foot and Subway

Traverse the history and culture of the boroughs of Brooklyn and Queens on this half-day, guided street art and graffiti tour. Travel on foot and by subway to learn about the socio-economic, political, and cultural events that inspired artist’s creations and shaped each neighborhood. Appreciate these incredible works, understand the process of making street art, and learn the difference between tagging, bombing, murals, and street art.
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  • 3 hours
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$320.00
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Brooklyn Walking Tour

Brooklyn Walking Tour

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Discover Brooklyn’s neighborhoods and history on a guided, 2.5-hour walking tour through New York City’s hippest borough. Learn where locals dine, shop and drink as you explore with a local guide, and take in views of Manhattan from Brooklyn Heights. Stroll past the distinctive row houses at Cobble Hill then spot the cutting-edge artists studios and hip boutiques of DUMBO, a thriving neighborhood in the shadow of the Brooklyn Bridge. Watch East River traffic drift by and capture classic shots of the city as you walk across the Manhattan Bridge.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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$90.67
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Brooklyn Bridge photo session

Brooklyn Bridge photo session

If you travel alone or with your family and want to know the Brooklyn Bridge and also keep in a professional way, we are your best option to give you the best tour of all Brooklyn
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$130.00
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Private Custom Brooklyn Tour by SUV

Private Custom Brooklyn Tour by SUV

Take a bite out of New York City’s hippest borough on this half-day Brooklyn food and culture tour. From traditional ethnic eateries to culinary hotspots that spark national dining trends, your guide will show you where to eat like a local. Snack on kielbasa and pierogis in the Polish enclave of Greenpoint, satisfy your sweet tooth in DUMBO, and get a taste of farm-to-fork freshness in trendy Williamsburg. Vegetarians can be accommodated. Ride walk, and taste your way through Brooklyn on a food and culture tour Explore four Brooklyn neighborhoods, and enjoy the views of the NYC skyline
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Private Tour of Brooklyn Neighborhoods by Foot and Subway

Private Tour of Brooklyn Neighborhoods by Foot and Subway

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Head off the typical tourist trail, and enjoy a local’s perspective on vibrant Brooklyn, during this half-day, private tour. Pick between morning and afternoon tour times, and meet your guide at your hotel or at a central departure point. Over the course of the next few hours, travel by Subway (own expense) and on foot during a whirlwind tour of the borough’s diverse highlights. Stroll across the Brooklyn Bridge, see the scenic brownstones in Brooklyn Heights, explore trendy DUMBO, browse the boutiques in Boerum Hill, and more.
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  • 4 hours
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From Brooklyn to Tribeca

From Brooklyn to Tribeca

You’ll ride through DUMBO, Vinegar Hill, Brooklyn Heights and Red Hook, an area featuring a mix of tiny eateries, quirky bars and edgy art galleries. You’ll then ride over the Brooklyn Bridge and to TriBeCa. Located in downtown Manhattan, TriBeCa is famous for It’s cobblestone streets, trendy boutiques and restaurants. There will be a break for food/refreshment (not included in pricing). This tour is available during the day or night. Your choice, pricing varies.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Private Brooklyn Heights, Brooklyn Bridge & DUMBO Food Tour

Private Brooklyn Heights, Brooklyn Bridge & DUMBO Food Tour

Did you know that if Brooklyn were its own city, it would be the 4th largest in the U.S.? Explore and learn about this historic and lively borough with a guided walk through some of the best of Brooklyn: Brooklyn Heights, Brooklyn Promenade + Park and DUMBO. This tour offers spectacular vistas of the Statue of Liberty, the Manhattan skyline and the majestic Brooklyn Bridge. You will also see famous landmark Jane’s Carousel, a wooden, 48-horse carousel that was built in 1922. And the best part is we will see it all while enjoying popular local food: Juliana’s pizza (same owner, same pizza next door to Grimaldi’s pizza), Jaques Torres Chocolate, One Girl Cookie and more! Can also include a popular beer bar or distillery!
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$130.00
Price varies by group size
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$130.00
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