Top 10 Things To Do Alone In Brooklyn, NY - Updated 2024

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If New York is the city of “cool” then Brooklyn is the city of what is hip. Brooklyn is one of the five boroughs in New York City and sits at the western edge of Long Island. Brooklyn is an iconic part of New York with landmarks like the Brooklyn Bridge and the Coney Island amusement park, and even its neighbourhoods are iconic. From the leafy row-house filled streets of Brooklyn Heights, to the indie hotbed of Williamsburg, Brooklyn has a lot going for it and is an amazing place to explore whether with friends or even by yourself. So if you find yourself in Brooklyn and you’re looking for something fun to do, here are the best things to do alone in Brooklyn.

1. Complete Brooklyn bicycle tour (from USD 78.0)

Get a taste of all of the city while you also get a little workout. Biking is very popular around Brooklyn, so get a taste of the area like a local and bike through the borough. This small tour is about four-hours long and guests will meet their guide at DUMBO, get a hybrid bike and helmet and set out on their journey. You’ll explore the Brooklyn Naval Yard and go through Williamsburg, Fort Greene Park, Prospect Park and Cobble Hill. Along the way, you’ll stop for refreshments and artisanal snacks.

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Brooklyn Neighborhoods Small-Group Bike Tour

Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes

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2. Slice of Brooklyn chocolate tour (from USD 67.0)

This one is for those out there with a sweet tooth! Take a bus around some of Brooklyn’s most delicious chocolate shops and get a taste of some homemade chocolatey treats. Guests will take a tour through at least four of Brooklyn’s most popular chocolate shops, all the while learning about the history of chocolate and learning about how it is made. Visual presentations aboard the bus enhance the tour experience and finally, the tour ends at Valentino Pier where guests can grab some snaps of the Statue of Liberty to finish their day.

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Brooklyn Chocolate Tour: A Slice of Brooklyn

Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes

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3. The Brooklyn Museum (from USD 14.0)

Dating back to the 1820s, the Brooklyn Museum is a great way to spend an afternoon, especially for those travelling around Brooklyn solo. Get a look at some amazing works of art from Africa, America and parts of the Islamic world. Decorative arts and contemporary installations adorn the museum and simply going through the entire exhibition will certainly take up most of your day, as you get lost through all the artefacts. Make sure to end your day by getting a souvenir from the gift shop.

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Brooklyn Museum General Admission

Duration: 2 to 5 hours

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4. Brooklyn graffiti lesson (from USD 45.0)

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Enjoy a one-of-a-kind souvenir from your trip to Brooklyn with this small group graffiti lesson. Learn about what makes Brooklyn graffiti iconic while you work with a local graffiti artist. Learn the techniques of making this alternative style of art and create a custom 5x5 work of art made by you! The lessons are all taught by local artists and all you have to do is show up with an idea.

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NYC: Experience a Hands-on Graffiti Lesson in Brooklyn

Duration: 1.0 hour

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5. Brooklyn photo tour (from USD 125.0)

Get some great shots for your Instagram and step up your photography game with this amazing tour. This one is for all the photographers out there. This private tour allows guests to go on a tour with local award-winning photographer and Brooklyn native Leslie Arlette Boyce, while she takes you around Brooklyn offering some advice and showing you the most photogenic places around Brooklyn. DSLR cameras are suggested for the tour, but guests are welcome to use film as well.

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Brooklyn Photo Tours

Duration: 2 hours

6. Brooklyn Bridge and DUMBO (from USD 69.0)

Some people might know that Brooklyn, in general, has become a pretty artsy and hip place. This tour will bring guests to the hippest hot spots around the Brooklyn Bridge and around DUMBO (Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass). This once industrial and working-class neighbourhood has since become one of New York’s artsiest areas, where guests will get access to and learn about secret passageways through the bridge, secret cold war era fallout shelters, champagne vaults and warehouses turned art houses.

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Secrets of New York Walking Tour

Duration: 5 hours

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7. Brooklyn street art tour

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Brooklyn is known for its art and of course, some of that comes in a more alternative sense. This tour provides guests with an intimate tour of some of Brooklyn’s most beautiful pieces of street art and graffiti. Starting in the Bushwick neighbourhood of Brooklyn, guests will go on a walking tour of must-see murals and famous works from legendary artists like Space Invader and Pixel Pancho. Learn about Brooklyn’s historic past with graffiti and tagging and learn about a part of New York that many people don’t get to experience.

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Brooklyn Street Art Tour

Duration: 2 hours

8. Red Hook Brooklyn (from USD 29.0)

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Make sure to bring your camera for this one, as you’ll get lots of amazing photo opportunities. Starting from Manhattan at the Wall Street pier, guests will hop on the ferry going to Red Hook, Brooklyn and on the way you’ll pass by the Brooklyn Bridge and have an amazing waterfront view of the New York City skyline. Guests will learn about Red Hook’s history from Dutch settlement in the 1600s, to the waterfront industrial economy it became. Once a rough neighbourhood, it is now a centre for artists and makers and also has some of the best views of the Statue of Liberty.

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Red Hook Brooklyn: On The Waterfront

Duration: 2 hours

9. Brooklyn pub tour (from USD 47.0)

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So you have the view, tasted the food and got some great snapshots of the city, what now? How about some of Brooklyn’s best beers and cocktails? Head to the hippest neighbourhood on earth—Williamsburg—to go on a three-hour pub crawl around some of the best pubs in town. Enjoy two free drinks on the house and some free snacks while you mingle with your fellow travellers and some locals at a series of four local pubs. Skip the lines and the cover fees and walk right in and enjoy some artisanal craft brews. This tour is for people aged 21 and up.

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Brooklyn Pub Tour

Duration: 3 hours

10. Brooklyn food tour (from USD 49.0)

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What’s a better way to explore a neighbourhood than to explore the food it has to offer? The Brooklyn food tour will take guests on a journey of the eclectic area’s coolest eateries. From artisanal bakeries to classic bagel shops, guests can skip the line at the restaurant and get their hands on some of Brooklyn’s most delicious delicacies. Along the tour, your guide will point out some interesting landmarks and historic streets, and all the while you can get a view of Manhattan from the Brooklyn waterfront.

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Brooklyn Food Tour

Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes

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Brooklyn is a place where anyone, from the solo traveller to the group traveller, can get into an adventure. From the artsy and hip neighbourhood of Williamsburg to the historic areas of DUMBO and Red Hook, there’s always something to see and do in Brooklyn.

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