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Brooklyn Heights Tours

Updated: February 22, 2023

This page covers the many tours of Brooklyn Heights that you can take with us, Free Tours by Foot, including a guided tour and our GPS-enabled, self-guided audio tour.


Known as America's first suburb, Brooklyn Heights is truly a gem.

Travel and Leisure named it one of America's top 10 most beautiful neighborhoods, and its beauty is rivaled only by its place in American history.

These quaint, tree-lined streets have been the sites of Revolutionary War battles, abolitionist activism and have inspired numerous novelists.

Visit a stop on the Underground Railroad, or the home of Truman Capote, where he penned Breakfast at Tiffany's and where Jackie Robinson signed with the Dodgers.

George Washington Four Chimneys Brooklyn Heights

Join Free Tours by Foot on one of our Brooklyn Heights walking tours as we take it one of New York City's most historic, beautiful and architecturally diverse neighborhoods.

It's an area with beautiful homes in various architectural styles, from Federal to Greek, Gothic, and Renaissance Revivals, in forms ranging from carriage homes to mansions.

Brooklyn Heights Tours

Brooklyn Heights is hard to beat! Come also for the stories of engineering feats, military defeats, anti-slavery preachers, prodigious authors, legendary athletes, and fictional TV families.

If anything, come for the unbeatable views of Manhattan.

For more on the history of the neighborhood and some tips on things to see, do and eat, then be sure to read our guide to Brooklyn Heights.


We offer 2 tours that include Brooklyn Heights with a live tour guide. 

Our first tour is our stand-alone Brooklyn Heights Tour. This is a guided tour that is usually offered just 1x a week, either on a Saturday or Sunday.

However, you can take this tour anytime on your own with our audio tour app.

View of Manhattan from Brooklyn Promendade

The tour lasts for 2 hours and covers the following sights.

  • Brooklyn Heights Promenade
  • Brooklyn Bridge
  • General Washington's Headquarters
  • Brooklyn Borough Hall
  • Church of the Pilgrim
  • Hotel St. George
  • Grimaldi's Pizza
  • St. Ann's and the Holy Trinity Church
  • Fulton Ferry District
  • Walt Whitman's Brooklyn Eagle
  • Brooklyn Historical Society
  • Homes of Truman Capote and other literary figures
  • Movie and TV locations
  • and much more!

You can book this as a private tour.

Lastly, you can also take this tour on your own with our self-guided audio tours.

Brooklyn Bridge, Brooklyn Heights, and DUMBO Tour

The second is our daily tour of the Brooklyn Bridge, Brooklyn Heights, and DUMBO (see video above).

This tour runs every morning, usually at 9:30 am, with occasional afternoon starts, and lasts approximately 2.5 - 3 hours (with a refreshment break midway).

It spends approximately 45-60 min in Brooklyn Heights and visits the promenade.

Brooklyn Bridge, Brooklyn Heights and DUMBO Tour

Click here to book this tour. You can also book this as a private tour.

Lastly, you can also take this tour on your own with our self-guided audio tours.


We also offer 2 self-guided options, a GPS-enabled audio tour or a self-guided tour.

The 1st option is our self-guided audio tour.

This option is our full tour of Brooklyn Heights and was researched and recorded by one of our tour guides from the neighborhood. Listen to a sample.

You'll need to download our free audio tour app. Downloads are only $1.99. We also offer 9 other NYC audio tours.

Here is how it works:

  1. Purchase an audio tour.
  2. Get a confirmation email with .mp3, .pdf and embeddable Google Map
  3. Enjoy the tour(s).

Even if you don't download any tours, you will still have access to valuable information on sightseeing, eating and playing in the Big Apple.

Our second option is totally free (hence our name). You can take this tour by viewing or downloading this PDF file or by following the tour on this Google Map.

This version isn't as in-depth as the audio or public tours, but it will give you a good overview.


We are available for private tour bookings. 

For the Brooklyn Heights standalone tour, the cost would be $275 for groups of 1 to 9 and $400 for groups of 10 to 20. For the Brooklyn Bridge, Brooklyn Heights and DUMBO Tour, the cost would be $300 for groups of 1 to 9 and $425 for groups of 1 to 20.

Prices are for the group and not per individual but do not include extras such food, which must be purchased by guests if desired.

We limit our private tours to 25 participants per tour guide. Find all of our FAQs on our private tour page.

About The Author

Stephen Pickhardt

Stephen is the CEO of Free Tours by Foot and has overseen the transformation of a local walking tour company into a global tour community and traveler’s advice platform. He has personally led thousands of group tours in the US and Europe, and is an expert in trip planning and sightseeing, with a focus on budget travelers. Stephen has been published and featured in dozens of publications including The Wall Street Journal, BBC, Yahoo,, and more.
Updated: February 22nd, 2023
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