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Dumbo

Brooklyn, New York, 11201

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.

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Private Guided Walking Tour of the Brooklyn Bridge and DUMBO
Private Guided Walking Tour of the Brooklyn Bridge and DUMBO
$170.00 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Great tour of the bridge and DUMBO!
The weather wasn’t the greatest, but it was a great tour! I learned a lot of history about the Brooklyn Bridge and NYC. Plus, Adam Driver was shooting a movie in DUMBO. I was nervous about tiding the subway alone. My tour guide was nice enough to walk me to the subway and help me get a metro card and steered me in the right direction of Coney Island! I highly recommend this tour!
Tammy_C, Oct 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Brooklyn

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The most memorable experience of NYC
Cindy_C, Oct 2021
Private Guided Walking Tour of the Brooklyn Bridge and DUMBO
We had a fantastic time on this tour of the iconic Brooklyn Bridge and DUMBO. Our tour guide Gary was knowledgeable and had a great sense of humor making our time enjoyable. I’d recommend this tour for a fantastic time!
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Excellent
jpaul1883, Dec 2019
Private Guided Walking Tour of the Brooklyn Bridge and DUMBO
What a experience. We now have a much greater appreciation for the area. Well worth the time and $$$
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Great experience!!
BigDogLover3, Jul 2018
Private Guided Walking Tour of the Brooklyn Bridge and DUMBO
We enjoyed the opportunity to not just walk across the Brooklyn Bridge, but to do so with a guide (Gary) who was well informed and able to expand and explain so much of the history and the area around the bridge. He was also able to provide insights as to where to take pictures (and eat in the DUMBO area. Highly recommended!!!
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This is an iconic part of New York...
Paul B, Aug 2017
Private Guided Walking Tour of the Brooklyn Bridge and DUMBO
This is an iconic part of New York with tons of history behinds the scenes. Our guide, Gary was fantastic! Very knowledgeable, fun, great sense of humor, and kept our two teenage boys engaged for several hours. We couldn't have asked for more. Besides the tour, Gary helped us with our transportation arrangements, actually took us to a restaurant and had us seated inside at the end of our tour! Way above and beyond our expectations and loads of fun. Highly recommended!
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Gary was great, he told us lots of...
dawn w, May 2017
Private Guided Walking Tour of the Brooklyn Bridge and DUMBO
Gary was great, he told us lots of information at the correct pace. The bridge is a great was to see the city from a different perspective. We went to a fab pizza place Juliana's, at the end of the tour which Gary recommended .
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Our tour was more than described...
Barbara K, Dec 2016
Private Guided Walking Tour of the Brooklyn Bridge and DUMBO
Our tour was more than described because of our excellent guide, Gary. Though crowded because of the holiday crowds, we had a flawless, enlightening, and humor filled tour. Our out of town guests were very pleased with our tour, and the time frame was perfect. Highly recommended.
star-4
We had a nice time. Gary was our...
Katy J, Jul 2016
Private Guided Walking Tour of the Brooklyn Bridge and DUMBO
We had a nice time. Gary was our tour guide and was friendly and knowledgeable. We felt comfortable with him as he guided us over the Brooklyn Bridge and parts of Brooklyn Heights.. We went on a Sunday and it was hot but not too crowded. I recommend this tour.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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