A visit to Dyker Heights is a New York wintertime tradition, with both New Yorkers and out-of-state visitors flocking to this otherwise sleepy corner of southeast Brooklyn to admire its extravagant holiday light displays.
Brooklyn Navy Yard
63 Flushing Ave #300, Brookyln, New York, 11205
Established in 1801, the Brooklyn Navy Yard operated continuously as a shipbuilding facility until it was decommissioned in 1966. More recently, the 300-acre industrial site was revived by New York City's investment, and today, the yard is home to more than 300 companies producing everything from baked goods to high-end apparel.
Visitors should head for BLDG 92, where the eco-friendly visitor center has exhibitions about the yard's history and plans for future development. Tours are also a great choice to get the most out of your visit. From bike tours to guided walking tours and whiskey tastings, there's an option for everyone.
The Navy Yard Then and Now
An interesting blend of old stories and new designs of the Brooklyn Navy Yard. Exploring the rich history of the Brooklyn Navy Yard with an enriching look toward the future of the Navy Yard. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and really good with incorporating guest's questions into the presentation.
Allen K, Jul 2019
Recent reviews from experiences in Brooklyn
GREAT tour, the tour guide was very...
Leonard W, Nov 2015
Brooklyn Navy Yard Highlights Tour
GREAT tour, the tour guide was very knowledgeable and warm. Enjoyed all the detailed information he gave us. I was happy to add additional information since I had worked at the Brooklyn Navy Yard in the 50s.
Things to Know Before You Go
Urban planners and sustainable-architecture enthusiasts will appreciate guided Brooklyn Navy Yard tours.
Visit the yard’s historic sites, from the Civil War–era dry dock to the old naval hospital.
The on-site café offers locally roasted coffee, breakfast, and lunch.
Check the bus and subway schedule, since weekend service in Brooklyn is spotty.
How to Get There
To find the Brooklyn Navy Yard, take the A or C Train to the High Street–Brooklyn Bridge Station, the F Train to York Street, or the G Train to Clinton/Washington. Alternatively, several buses stop nearby, including the B48, B57, B62, B67, and B69. For registered visitors, the free shuttle from Atlantic Terminal is a great option.
When to Get There
The Brooklyn Navy Yard Center, located in BLDG 92, holds exhibition hours Wednesday to Sunday from 12pm to 6pm. The café is open daily, and tours for the public run on weekends. The Navy Yard is a great year-round destination, though it may be windy and chilly in winter. To join a tour, arrive in the late morning or afternoon—you'll want to visit the yard in daylight.
Taste Local Whiskey
Kings County Distillery produces whiskey at the Brooklyn Navy Yard Center. Foodies and cocktail enthusiasts will enjoy the distillery tour, where guests learn about the history of America's favorite spirit and discover how whiskey is crafted. If you can't make the tour, come in any day of the week for a sip at the Kings County’s Gatehouse tasting room.
- Things to do in New York
- Things to do in New York City
- Things to do in Long Island
- Things to do in Philadelphia
- Things to do in Boston
- Things to do in Salem
- Things to do in Washington DC
- Things to do in Williamsburg
- Things to do in Buffalo
- Things to do in Niagara Falls
- Things to do in Niagara Falls & Around
- Things to do in Pittsburgh
- Things to do in Montreal
- Things to do in Pennsylvania
- Things to do in Massachusetts
- Brooklyn Grange
- Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM)
- Brooklyn Tabernacle
- New York Transit Museum
- Barclays Center
- Brooklyn Heights
- Empire Fulton Ferry in Brooklyn Bridge Park
- Domino Park
- Brooklyn Bridge Park
- Artists & Fleas
- Carroll Gardens
- Grand Army Plaza
- Brooklyn Public Library, Central Branch (Central Library)