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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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Brooklyn Bridge & DUMBO Food Tour
Brooklyn Bridge & DUMBO Food Tour
$79.00 per adult
Traveler Favorite
The guide was really...
The guide was really great the food was really great and he let you travel at your own pace was very knowledgeable so glad I did this
Terry_G, Nov 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Brooklyn

star-5
Great tour of the bridge and DUMBO!
Tammy_C, Oct 2021
Private Guided Walking Tour of the Brooklyn 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!
star-5
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!
star-5
This is the way to be a tourist-acting like a local!
Julie_S, Aug 2021
Brooklyn Bridge & DUMBO Food Tour
My daughter and I had a fabulous tour with Brian! We tasted great food, learned so much about the neighborhoods of Brooklyn, and enjoyed the day as locals would- chatting up folks all throughout! Highly recommend this! Oh and we walked away totally full and with good recommendations for the rest of the day and evening! Julie
star-5
Informative, friendly, adaptive, catered to younger children as needed
Tenny_A, Jul 2021
Brooklyn Heights, Dumbo and The Bridge
Waterfront and Brooklyn heights neighborhood. Irene was friendly and full of interesting historical information. She adapted the tour to our needs and interests.
star-4
One of the best food tours
MSMS4, Jun 2019
Brooklyn Bridge & DUMBO Food Tour
Hi, Sorry for late review. We had a wonderful tour tasting and exploring local hidden treasures of Brookline with Sasha.
star-5
Excellent
Jon_P, 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 $$$
star-5
Great experience!!
Mary_W, 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!!!
star-5
History and foodie experience
Tim P, Oct 2018
Brooklyn Bridge & DUMBO Food Tour
Mary hannah , was casual had good knowledge of area and history.. tasting were good..Top notch bakery and smoke salmon with cream cheese and bagel killer!
star-5
What a great experience!
Ronald_R, Dec 2018
Brooklyn Bridge & DUMBO Food Tour
My wife and I totally enjoyed this tour. Our guide, Mary Hannah of Urban Adventures, was excellent.She was very knowledgeable of the area and gave much insight to the tour. She was very personable.I have already recommended this tour to a niece who will be visiting NYC soon
star-5
Great experience
Leslie P, Jun 2018
Brooklyn Bridge & DUMBO Food Tour
Our tour guide, Alex, was very knowledgeable about the various neighborhoods in Brooklyn we visited, as well as the 7 venues we visited to try the local flavors. Our favorite stop was the Farmacy, for an authentic egg cream. We highly 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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