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  • From Manhattan: 4-Hour Dyker Heights Holiday Lights Bus Tour

    1. From Manhattan: 4-Hour Dyker Heights Holiday Lights Bus Tour

    Christmas in New York City is a magical time. From the beautifully adorned trees in Rockefeller Center and other locations to the Christmas windows of Macy’s, Bergdorf’s and Saks Fifth Avenue, the city is alive with the festive spirit and energy. However, nothing really says Christmas like Dyker Heights. Today, it is perhaps most famously known for its incredible lights displays, which usually arrive in late November and draw travelers from across the world thanks to their colorful holiday cheer. According to locals, residents have been decorating their homes—personally and professionally—since the 1980s, making it a true New York City winter wonderland. This picturesque residential neighborhood is located in the heart of southwest Brooklyn between Bay Ridge, Bensonhurst and Gravesend Bay. Originally founded as a luxury housing development in the late 1800s, the first house in this icon...

    A comfortable ride took us to Dyker Heights, where we took photos of the many decorated homes. The guide asked for a significant tip at the end of the tour, which I found unsettling as it was definitely not a tipping situation and neither her nor the driver had done anything out of the ordinary to please us - plus the tour is pretty expensive, considered it's basically a 2-hour ride in a bus.

  • New York: Big Bus Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Tour

    2. New York: Big Bus Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Tour

    Explore New York City and see the sights from the top deck of an open top bus. Admire iconic landmarks and monuments, from the Empire State Building to Times Square and the world-famous Brooklyn Bridge. Discover the unique neighborhoods of Chinatown, Little Italy, and the Upper East Side. The hop-on hop-off route covers iconic sights throughout New York City. Experience the diverse culture, beautiful parks, stunning architecture, and picturesque views both from the top of an open-air sightseeing bus, and on foot when you choose to hop-off to further explore. Hop-off and back on at your leisure to create your own customized itinerary around the city. Benefit from live bus tracking so that you will always know exactly when the next bus will arrive. Enjoy new, state-of-the-art audio commentary that is highly entertaining and engaging for adults and children alike. Choose from 3 ticket op...

    The downtown bus was great but the uptown bus wasn’t on cue when we passed specific sites. It would talk about them too early and when we reached them they were already talking about something else.

  • From Manhattan: Dyker Heights Christmas Lights Bus Tour

    3. From Manhattan: Dyker Heights Christmas Lights Bus Tour

    After pickup from Manhattan, the tour bus will take you through the Battery Tunnel directly to the borough of Brooklyn. Once you are in Brooklyn you'll head to the Dyker Heights district, an Italian-American neighborhood famous for its elaborate houses and gardens. Each year residents compete between each other to put up spectacular Christmas decorations, illuminations, and displays. Your tour guide will tell you about the origin and history of this tradition, before giving you free time to walk the streets to admire and take pictures of the houses. Once you have finished strolling around the neighborhood, you will get back on the bus to head to the Brooklyn Bridge. There you will enjoy the different viewpoints, with more free time to take pictures of the spectacular views of the Manhattan skyline. Finally, you will return to Manhattan where the tour ends. You can feel free to ask you...

  • From Manhattan: 3.5-Hour Brooklyn Christmas Magic Tour

    4. From Manhattan: 3.5-Hour Brooklyn Christmas Magic Tour

    If you are looking for something to do in New York City during this holiday season make sure you put this on your list. It is cheery, it is bright, it is Christmas, it is New York City, and it is everything Christmas about Christmas. This Brooklyn neighborhood is out of this world during Christmas time. Dyker Heights Christmas Lights is the cutest and most spectacular area of houses decorated for the holiday season. It is blocks and blocks of Christmas lights and fantastic decorations. The neighborhood goes all out with beautiful nativity displays, nutcrackers, inflatable santas, garland, lights and more. The place glows with bright lights, buzzes sound, and bumps with holiday music on full blast. It is fun to see how some houses mix it up every year. It is a recommended experience and a perfect night out for families, groups of friends and even a date night. This is a great place to go...

    Daniel was very nice and knowledgeable. Small crowds due to COVID so we were able to enjoy without worrying. Everyone wore face masks.

  • From Manhattan: 4-Hour Christmas Lights Luxury Bus Tour

    5. From Manhattan: 4-Hour Christmas Lights Luxury Bus Tour

    The holiday season in New York City is magical. From the world-famous tree at Rockefeller Center to the Christmas windows of Macy’s, Bergdorf’s, Lord & Taylor and Saks, the city is vibrant with energy and holiday spirit; it is unequaled and unmatched by any other city in the world. Join this tour as you journey out to the astounding Christmas light of Dyker Heights, Brooklyn. Aboard a luxurious 36-passenger bus, travel along the streets of Manhattan and listen to your licensed guide who will entertain you with the rich Yule history of New York City along the way. Travel through Chelsea and the Meatpacking District, past the famous High Line and then down along the West Side Highway. On this tour, learn and see more than you expected.  Emerging from the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel, ride along the Brooklyn Queens Expressway viewing the waterfront, and the expansive vista of New York Harbor. ...

    The tour was fantastic. Both our guide and our driver were excellent. Especially as we had my daughter in a wheelchair and they couldn't do enough to make sure that she enjoyed the experience as much as everyone else. Very much appreciated. Thank you

  • Brooklyn: 1.5-Hour Dyker Heights Christmas Lights Tour

    6. Brooklyn: 1.5-Hour Dyker Heights Christmas Lights Tour

    See astonishing holiday light displays on a visit to Brooklyn's Dyker Heights neighborhood, famous for the incredible decorations planned by its competitive residents. See it all for yourself on a 1.5-hour evening stroll through the area. Admire the most impressive home displays, and learn the story behind this holiday tradition. Have your camera ready for this Christmas lights excursion, to snap photos of the top homes best lighting displays in the neighborhood. Discover the unwritten codes that are followed religiously by the residents of Dyker Heights. Take this tour in Brooklyn and soak up the magical Christmas atmosphere.

    Very good tour for discovering the neighborhood and get acquainted with the streets.

  • New York: JFK Airport Private Limousine Transfer

    7. New York: JFK Airport Private Limousine Transfer

    Arrive with style to New York. Meet your private driver in the airport after you land, and step into a private luxury limousine to make your transfer. Enjoy cold soft drinks from the bar and New York songs in the comfort of the stretch limousine. Don't hesitate to ask your driver for tips and recommendations for your stay in New York. Skip out on the lines and public transport, and see the city in style as you arrive.

    All good. Was approached by the driver holding my name on a board. Short walk to the limo. NYC has lots of traffic but we made good time. A good experience.

  • From Manhattan: Private Brooklyn Christmas Tour by Limousine

    8. From Manhattan: Private Brooklyn Christmas Tour by Limousine

    After pick up at your hotel or apartment in Manhattan, drive to Dyker Heights in Brooklyn. Walk for 30 to 40 minutes and take pictures of the best-lit houses in New York. Wander through an Italian-American neighborhood to see the houses strewn with green and red lights. Continue to Dumbo to take great pictures of Manhattan from the Brooklyn side, and get closer to the Brooklyn Bridge. Make a quick stop to visit the Wall Street Area and take some pictures with the famous Charging Bull. Move on to Battery Park and see the Statue of Liberty, before you head back to your hotel or preferred drop-off point.

  • New York City: Half-Day Pizza Tasting Bus Tour

    9. New York City: Half-Day Pizza Tasting Bus Tour

    Climb aboard the big yellow pizza bus for a tour of New York's finest pizzerias, some located in the outer boroughs to get a good cross-section of the city’s pizza diversity. This tour is led by Scott Weiner, pizza enthusiast and author. Scott's love of pizza has been featured on the Travel Channel, Food Network, New York Times, New York Magazine & the Wall Street Journal, to name a few. Although stops change weekly - making each tour unique - you can expect to find some of the best pizzerias on the whole damn planet! Even native New Yorkers rarely venture to some of these secluded havens. Before finding the best pizza in the city, factor in the many variables. In fact, it’s like asking an artist their favorite color! There are just too many options, from whether you want a sit-down restaurant, a slice or whole pie, with loads of cheese or different toppings. Every trip starts in Manha...

    loved Scott and the tour! pizza was great! make sure you bring cash for drinks and extra not pizza food

  • NYC Holiday Lights Tour by Limousine

    10. NYC Holiday Lights Tour by Limousine

    For this private New York City Christmas tour, your chauffeur will meet you at your hotel lobby or another meeting spot you prefer. Your limousine is stocked with Champagne and bottled waters, so you can enjoy them along your tour. Your tour takes off from Manhattan and stops in areas with authentic holiday decorations, such as Dyker Heights, Brooklyn. Plus, pass popular NYC cheerful displays, such as the giant Christmas tree in Rockefeller Center. As you explore soak in the views of the city’s highlights such as the Manhattan skyline over the Brooklyn Bridge.

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What people are saying about Brooklyn

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 32 reviews

Beautiful weather, boat wasn’t too crowded, person narrating did a great job pointing out interesting sites and making it fun. Views were good from both sides of the boat. Only negatives were people standing along the railing making it harder for others to see and take pics.

Timing was perfect! Not too long and not too short. Our tour guide had some of the best one-liners I’ve heard in a good while. Very happy with my experience and would recommend this tour to others.

The captain knew much of the history surrounding the harbor and the Burroughs. It was time well spent.

Excellent and informative! Our guide, Mike, was great! Highly recommend.

Best way to get a narrated version of the city from the water