Bored just because of the February doldrums? Don't be! Go explore Brooklyn. Here are six different mini-tours of corners of Brooklyn that may surprise even long-time residents. These tours can take from one to three hours.
Hop aboard a heated trolley for two-hour midday tour of one of New York’s most famous cemeteries. Learn about Brooklyn’s most colorful permanent residents and enjoy a great view of the Manhattan skyline. Tours every Wednesday, midday.
When & Where: Tours every Wednesday, Greenwood Cemetery (between Park Slope and Sunset Park)
Explore Brooklyn's Prospect Park with a Park Ranger — and discover places, birds, and wildlife that you've never seen before.
When & Where: Every Saturday & Sunday, 3 p.m. Birdwarching every Saturday, 12 - 1:30 PM, Prospect Park's Audubon Center
Free weekend tours are offered of this historic house, one of the few surviving Dutch-American farmhouses in Brooklyn. A visit to the second floor, stuffed with Victorian furniture, will transport you back in time.
When & Where: Tours every half-hour, Saturday, Sunday & holidays, 1 - 3:30 PM, Lefferts House, Prospect Park
Love chocolate? Come get a rare peek at how craft chocolates are hand made at the Mast Chocolate Company in Williamsburg, Brooklyn chocolate factory.
When & Where: Tours of the factory are available on Saturdays and Sundays at 1:00pm.
Reserve: Tours are $9.99 per person; book in advance at BrownPaperTickets.com
You drink it, you enjoy it, but do you know how it's made? Historically, Brooklyn was once home to dozens of breweries. This venerable manufacturing tradition was restarted by our very own Brooklyn Brewery in the late 20th century. Take a tour of the premises of New York City's most famous contemporary local brewery, located in one of the Big Apple's hippest neighborhoods.
When & Where: Saturdays at 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 PM, Sundays at 1, 2, 3, 4 PM, Brooklyn Brewery (Williamsburg)
Like beer (see above), Brooklyn once boasted many glass studios—including Tiffany studios. Once a year, Brooklyn's oldest glass blowing studio, UrbanGlass, opens its doors to visitors. Get a fascinating free tour of and watch special glassblowing demonstrations. There are special projects and activities for kids. First come, first served.
When & Where: February 12, noon to 5 PM, glassblowing demonstrations on the hour, UrbanGlass (Fort Greene)