Walking Tours in Brooklyn, New York

Walking Tours in Brooklyn, New York
From the amusement parks of Coney Island to the Polish Delis of Greenpoint, Brooklyn has a vibrant history that is still visible today. That history includes early Dutch settlements in the 17th century, the Revolutionary War, industrialization and diverse immigrant neighborhoods. Brooklyn was an independent city until it became part of New York City in 1898. Since that time, the area has evolved from a rural community to a prosperous borough with a population of 2.5 million.

Amusement Area: Past & Present

Download the Coney Island History Project audio walking tour. The Coney Island History project was founded in 2004 by Charles Denson, a Coney Island historian. It is dedicated to preserving and educating the public about Coney Island history. The tour includes highlights of historic sites in the amusement area, including the Cyclone Rollercoaster, Wonder Wheel, Parachute Jump and the Childs Building on the boardwalk.

A Tour Grows in Brooklyn

Tour the Park Slope and Prospect Park neighborhoods of Brooklyn. The tour includes a visit to an American Revolution historic center called Old Stone House, Grand Army Plaza, notable brownstones, a bathhouse, pizzeria and shops.

Big Onion Walking Tours

Take advantage of Big Onion walking tours, the most well-known and possibly largest tour group in New York City. It offers several Brooklyn walking tours, including Brooklyn Bridge and Brooklyn Heights, Greenwood Cemetery, Fort Greene, Park Slope and Prospect Park.

Brewed in Brooklyn Walking Tour

Contact Urban Oyster, a local New York tour company, for a three-hour walking tour of the popular Brooklyn Brewery and what is left of 19th century Brewers Row in Williamsburg. The tour explores the history of the German beer halls and breweries that once existed in Brooklyn and the renewal of beer gardens in the area.

Greenwood Cemetery

Explore Greenwood Cemetery, which was founded in 1838 and was designed to emulate a park-like setting for family and friends to be buried. The idea was that people could visit loved ones and enjoy 478 acres of greenery. The cemetery is home to famous musicians, artists, politicians and inventors. It is a Revolutionary War historic site, part of the Civil War Discovery Trail, a member of the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary System and a National Landmark. Tours of the cemetery offer bird watching, landmark sculptures, historic tombs, famous residents and the ever popular Halloween tour, when the grounds keepers open crypts that have not been opened for decades.

Article Written By Carey Stumm

Carey Stumm is an archivist at a history museum in New York City and a professor of museum studies in a university graduate program. She has been a grant writer for museums for six years and has written about media preservation, art, and transportation history. Stumm has a master's degree in library and information science.

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