Explore Brooklyn 100 Adventures Passport 2018/2019
From the beautiful brownstones of Bedford-Stuyvesant, to the bohemian bars of Bushwick, to the Boardwalk thrills of Coney Island, Brooklyn is bursting with adventure. The Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce and Explore Brooklyn have partnered with the travel content creators at Pathport to bring you our local passport guide of 100 of the best things to see and do in Brooklyn this year! With over 2.7 million residents, and thousands of shops, there are an array of things to see and do in the borough! It was a difficult task, but we have highlighted 100 activities for you. Whether visiting from out of state or from another country, let us guide you in taking your first steps over the Brooklyn Bridge.
Sponsored by the world-famous Luna Park in Coney Island, with support from Kings Theater, Brooklyn Botanic Garden and the Nu Hotel, the guide is broken down into 10 sections of neighborhoods that all bring a different flavor to the adventurous palate. And while food and drink are certainly a big part of exploring the borough, sight-seeing, amusement park rides, walking tours, music and fun for the kids are all included in this comprehensive guide.
Don’t just take our word for it, though, see Brooklyn through the eyes of the best local Instagrammers. Mendy Waits @angrybaker will show you some of the best spots to grab some grub in Clinton Hill. Melissa Lee @mlee73 highlights some artsy activities in Williamsburg, and Naz Kasim @cainite follows some of Brooklyn’s best cultural institutions.
In chapter one, dive into the history of the Brooklyn Navy Yard at Bldg 92 with a Past, Present and Future Tour with Turnstile Tours and walk the streets of the Bedford-Stuyvesant Historic district. This vibrant community of Bed-Stuy and Clinton Hill are home to local architecture and local shops for any given day of the week.
Photos by: Mendy Waits @angrybaker
Chapter two explores the wonders of Flatbush, Windsor Terrace, Kensington and Ditmas Park. Stroll the colonial streets of Ditmas Park to come across Brooklyn ARTery, a women-owned business selling the perfect Brooklyn-Made goods. Then, catch a show or tour at the historic venue of Kings Theatre in Flatbush.
Photos by: Camila Gutierrez Waits @camilagh
Chapter three outlines the must-haves you’ll find after stepping foot off of the Brooklyn Bridge in Downtown Brooklyn. Make sure to check out the Misdemeanor Bar & Lounge at the lobby of the Nu Hotel and Jacques Torres Chocolate in DUMBO.
Photos by: Davina Tan @heydavina
Chapter four introduces you to North Brooklyn; Williamsburg, Greenpoint and Bushwick. For tips on some of the best tasting coffee, Café Grumpy is your go-to latte or drip coffee spot. Crossing over from Greenpoint to Williamsburg, it’s difficult to miss National SawDust, a beautiful non-profit musician-led performance space built in a former sawdust factory – stay for dinner and a concert!
Photos by: Melissa Lee @mlee73
Who can forget Red Hook? Chapter five takes you for a stroll on the waterfront. Sip a chardonnay or Cabernet Sauvignon on a barrel tasting tour at Red Hook Winery and then make your way over to Raaka Chocolate’s factory for a taste of their banana foster chocolate!
Photos by: Juliette Charvet @juliettecharvet
Chapter six lists must go-to locations in Gowanus, Boerum Hill and Carroll Gardens for hanging with friends or family. Learn how to swing a tennis racket at Court 16 or rock climb at Brooklyn Boulders. After a day of activities, you’ve built an appetite for a slice of the infamous blackout chocolate cake at The Chocolate Room in Cobble Hill. You won’t regret it.
Photos by: Kat Houe Maric @littlekinjournal
Get ready to walk in chapter seven! ‘On the park’ introduces you to the sights of the Lefferts Historic House in Prospect Park, Green-Wood Cemetery in Greenwood and Barclays Center in Prospect Heights.
Photos by: Naz Kasim @cainite
Begin your boardwalk adventures in chapter eight! Experience rollercoaster thrills in Luna Park in Coney Island, The Freak Show at the Circus Sideshow in Coney Island USA, and authentic Italian food (since 1907) at Gargiulo’s Restaurant. Trust us, this chapter is worth flipping the pages and taking notes.
Photos by: Arnaud Montagard @arnaudmontagard
Chapter nine delves into some of the cultural institutions and entertainment in Brooklyn. View the ancient Egyptian art, American art and other current exhibitions at the Brooklyn Museum. Head to the Brooklyn Botanic Garden to view the cherry blossom season from March to May. Finish the day with dinner at BKW by Brooklyn Winery and enjoy a glass of Pinot Noir.
Photos by: Andrea Nuñez @andreanmu
Chapter ten is an ode to South Brooklyn. Marvel at all that Industry City has to offer with its five acres of courtyard space, 40 thousand square-foot food-hall and shopping. Steps away is Five Boroughs Brewing – a brewery and tap room in the heart of Sunset Park. While in the area, explore Socceroof, a community, indoor rooftop soccer facility. Head to the nearby neighborhood of Dyker Heights for homemade, Sicilian cannoli’s in Villabate Alba bakery.
Photos by: Melissa Male @melissamale