• Location: New York City, New York
  • Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

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This 2-hour walking tour through one of New York’s trendiest neighborhoods showcases Williamsburg, Brooklyn’s history, as well as its influence on contemporary culture. Please note: this provides an overview of basic history - it is not a detailed historical tour. An insider guide helps travelers uncover the borough’s trends and traditions—from hip local businesses to the urban street art scene. Venture past historical buildings, trendy boutiques and quiet cafes on a tour of this popular neighborhood with a seriously laid-back vibe. Then be sure to capture the iconic Manhattan skyline from the scenic Brooklyn waterfront.

Highlights

  • 2-hour walking tour of Williamsburg in Brooklyn
  • Explore the hippest neighborhood in New York City with an in-the-know guide
  • Enjoy the heritage atmosphere of this historic immigration capital
  • Check out local artwork and interesting shops
  • Admire a fabulous view of the Manhattan skyline

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

What You Can Expect

Best of Brooklyn Walking Tour in Williamsburg

Learn about Brooklyn's underground street art movement.

Join your guide on the streets of Williamsburg and get ready to explore one of Brooklyn’s most popular neighborhoods. Check out innovative boutiques, colorful street art as you dive into the local scene.
Learn how the borough started as a hub for immigration and later became known for its highly skilled factory workers. Gain a deeper understanding of Brooklyn’s transformation in recent years and get the scoop on the Mysterious Staring Artist and the Billion Dollar Sugar Scheme. 
You’ll get an inside look at the iconic architecture, restored artists lofts, massive murals and one-of-a-kind boutiques, while getting tips on the neighborhood’s best restaurants and bars. Finish with spectacular city views of the Manhattan Skyline from across the East River before heading back to the starting point of the tour.

Customer Reviews

Carol E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2017

Great operation overall!

John K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Tour guide was very informative and engaging. Learned a lot.

Martha V

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

Great Tour

Fiona M

4 star rating: Recommended September 2017

This is a good overview of Williamsburg and the changes it's undergone in the past few years. I would say it's a light tour not a great deal of depth but certainly worth doing if, like me, you have little to no knowledge of the area. For 25 it's worth it.

Phil United States of ... 

4 star rating: Recommended August 2017

My wife and I were pleasantly surprised by this tour for several reasons. We were both born in Brooklyn but have been away for many years. The tour guide did a good job of showing how the Williamsburg area has changed again and again over the years. Amazed to see a church that has become an upscale apartment building while maintaining the exterior church appearance. Delighted by the fantastic artwork on some of the buildings. And the Manhattan view from the Brooklyn side of the river never fails to amaze.

Else M

4 star rating: Recommended June 2016

Very informative tour. Jeff was extremely knowledgeable on everything from history, architecture, arts, and local politics.

As I was the only person on this tour, I really enjoyed being able to interact with my guide and ask a lot questions which I would refrain from doing in a bigger group.

Antonius H

3 star rating: Worth doing June 2017

Mwah.

David B

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better October 2017

Didn't cover the old Brooklyn and short on anecdotes

Patricia B

1 star rating: I do not recommend this June 2017

Don't do it! Worst tour I have ever taken. Don't typically write reviews, but felt it was necessary. Tour guide Jeff? delivered information as if he was reading it out of a badly written script. First stop was a 'junk store'. Did he have an interesting fact to tell us about it? No, apparently thought we'd be thrilled to see a storefront of a junk store! Stopped at what looked like a church. His interesting fact? They are now condos! Next stop was a mural painted by an art student. His interesting fact about it was that the store owner didn't allow the artist to include any words because of city ordinances. One of the women in our group asked if she could go take a picture, he told her yes then got impatient as we were standing there awkwardly and we left without her her husband stayed behind as he could see where we were headed. After a stop at a shopping center and hearing him explain that the owner who bought the property in the 80's wouldn't sell it regardless of the profit he could make humanity vs 'greedy' capitalism, my two adult daughters and I decided to cut our losses and told the guide we were leaving. That was after just 20 minutes, we honestly could not bear the thought of spending two hours doing this. We are normally polite people and if it had been in the least bit interesting we would have stuck it out. We were told by several people about the rigorous testing a person must go thru in order to be a registered guide in NYC, but there should be a personality test to determine if the person is in the right field slightly tongue-in-cheek comment.

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