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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
Angelo was our tour guide...
Angelo was our tour guide and did an amazing job of sharing very interesting information about the Brooklyn Bridge and nearby neighborhoods. The food we had was so delicious and we were stuffed! We are definitely booking another tour in the near future.
Vicki_M, Jul 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Brooklyn

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Brooklyn Bridge Tour was amazing!
Shannon_P, May 2022
Brooklyn Heights, Dumbo and The Bridge
We had an amazing time! Irene did an amazing job with the history of Brooklyn Heights/Dumbo. We were amazed with some of the facts with the Brooklyn Bridge. Irene provided us with additional suggestions and helped us navigate our day. 5 stars to Irene! The tour was very informative and definitely a must do!
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What a day!
Jessica_G, Jun 2022
Brooklyn Bridge & DUMBO Food Tour
Angelo was our tour guide. He was so knowledgeable on the area and history. He had several stories to share about people and events that happened in Brooklyn Heights, the Borrklyn and Manhattan Bridges, and DUMBO. He was able to show us locally owned shops and restaurants and we were given ideas of shops to explore after our tour. We traveled with two teens, and both were as fascinated about the tour as the adults. The food along the tour was also outstanding!
star-5
Fun walking tour of Brooklyn
Michelle_M, Jul 2022
Brooklyn Heights, Dumbo and The Bridge
We wanted to be sure to see more than Manhattan during our visit. This was a great way to do that. Irene was so knowledgeable about the area and NYC in general.
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NY history, bridges, views, and food.
Natalie_R, Jul 2022
Brooklyn Bridge & DUMBO Food Tour
Our tour guide was knowledgeable, friendly, and responsive to our group. The history of Brooklyn was fascinating and the food was incredible. I appreciated that in a tour like this you get a glimpse into what locals know and tourists rarely get to experience.
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Very fun
Erika_N, Jul 2022
Brooklyn Bridge & DUMBO Food Tour
Great trip, very informative. I recommend skipping breakfast before this trip as you’ll get a lot of food samples on the trip!
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Couples Tour of Brooklyn
Evan_W, Jun 2022
Private Guided Walking Tour of the Brooklyn Bridge and DUMBO
Gary was a such an engaging and informative guide. He had something for everyone and catered to our interests. Would definitely recommend.
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Excellent
Robert_D, Jun 2022
Brooklyn Bridge & DUMBO Neighborhood Tour - from Manhattan to Brooklyn
Marcos.. What can i say.. Well first time on a tour and it was brilliant.. We enjoyed it thoroughly and the jokes were good too.. 😂.. Knows his history of the area second to none.. Well done Marcos for giving me and jenni a relaxing and very informative tour.. People if you get chance to do this with this guy you won't be dissapointed.. 😊
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EXCELLENT
Sabrina_C, Jul 2022
Brooklyn Bridge & DUMBO Food Tour
Angelo was great! Very knowledgeable on the background and history of Brooklyn. The food was amazing. Highly recommended.
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Great experience.
Sharon_W, Apr 2022
Private Guided Walking Tour of the Brooklyn Bridge and DUMBO
Gary was a great guide - enormous knowledge , great attitude. I really appreciate his efforts to engage our 9 and 11 year olds. They went from complaining WHY did we have to do a walking tour to really enjoying it.
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Russell is BRILLANT
Phoebe_W, Mar 2022
Brooklyn Bridge & DUMBO Neighborhood Tour - from Manhattan to Brooklyn
Russel the tour guide was brilliant, had such good knowledge about the areas he was showing us and also had some extra stories/knowledge to tell us :)
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Wonderful Host & Guide
Joanna_S, May 2022
Brooklyn Bridge & DUMBO Food Tour
Eric was a fabulous guide & host. We tasted items from about 7 different outlets in these fabulous districts, don’t have breakfast before you go! DUMBO, Brooklyn Bridge & Brooklyn Heights were brought to life by Eric’s extensive knowledge. He’s a thoughtful & caring host, we enjoyed his company very much, many thanks!
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Fun, informative, and unique way to experience Brooklyn!
Amanda_S, Aug 2022
From Dumbo to Downtown
This tour was a blast! I was in the city for work, and wanted a unique way to experience Brooklyn during my time there. This sidecar tour with Dapper Tours was exactly that. The guide, Will, was an absolute pleasure! He's extremely knowledgeable, sharing very interesting and fun facts while expertly maneuvering the sidecar around the various neighborhoods. I felt safe the entire time, and it was funny how much of a hit the sidecar was with almost everyone we passed! We covered both the touristy spots and places more off the beaten trail, and I'm so glad I got to experience this part of the city with a local who is clearly passionate about both his job and about Brooklyn.
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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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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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