The Excelsior Hotel’s One-Day Tour of Brooklyn

Brooklyn is New York City’s most populated borough, and between the museums, restaurants, shops, and attractions dreamed up by its millions of famously creative residents, there’s no shortage of exciting and engaging ways to pass your time here. To help you plan your whirlwind one-day itinerary, we’ve narrowed down the best and most iconic destinations.

8-9am: Breakfast at Egg

Start your day with one of the best breakfasts in Brooklyn (and arguably America, and arguably the world — this restaurant’s popularity has spread all the way to Japan). You’ll get a sense of surrounding Williamsburg’s hip, youthful energy, along with a hearty meal of Southern-style grits; French toast; or the eggs Rothko, a favorite of foodie-website Serious Eats.

9-10am: Brooklyn Navy Yard

Hop in a cab for the 15-minute ride to the historic Brooklyn Navy Yard. Take a quick look around this up-and-coming space, formerly America’s leading shipbuilding facility and today a revitalized industrial complex that features a visitor center, public exhibitions, America’s largest rooftop greenhouse, and the studio where “30 Rock” and “Boardwalk Empire” were filmed.

10-11am: Brooklyn Heights

A 10-minute ride or a 20-minute walk will take you to the base of the iconic Brooklyn Bridge; Brooklyn Bridge Park; streets filled with charming Brooklyn Heights brownstones; and the Esplanade (also known as the Brooklyn Heights Promenade), featuring spectacular views of lower Manhattan.

11am-12pm: Prospect Park

After taking the F train from York Street to Prospect Park station, spend the rest of your morning strolling around Brooklyn’s most famous public space, which was designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, the same landscape architect behind Central Park. Its highlights include the Italianate-style Litchfield Villa, Long Meadow, the Boathouse, and Brooklyn’s only lake.

12pm-1pm: Brooklyn Museum

You’re just steps from Brooklyn’s premier art museum (and one of the largest art museums in America). Check out the always-fascinating temporary collections, as well as a permanent collection that holds everything from ancient-Egyptian sculptures to Gilbert Stuart’s famous 17th-century portrait of George Washington.

1pm-2pm: Tom’s Restaurant

You won’t want to leave Prospect Heights without visiting Tom’s. The filling fare and kitschy décor at this diner, serving sandwiches, salads, omelettes, pancakes, and old-fashioned chocolate egg creams, has drawn a steady stream of artists, writers, and other in-the-know Brooklynites since its opening in 1936.

2pm-5pm: Coney Island

Discover the delights of Coney Island, home of the famous Cyclone wooden roller coaster, a Ferris wheel, a sprawling boardwalk, the original Nathan’s Famous location, and the newest iteration of historic Luna Park. Enjoy carnival games, thrill rides, and one of New Yorkers’ most beloved beaches.

6pm-8pm: Brighton Beach

Finish your day with a feast at Brighton Beach’s famous Tatiana, 20 minutes from Luna Park on foot. Wash down pickled veggies, Russian caviar, and pelmeni and vareniki dumplings with fine Russian vodka, and experience debaucherous after-hours nightlife, depending on the night.

Brooklyn has plenty to enjoy, but if you plan on staying in Manhattan during your New York City visit, check out the tempting offers at The Excelsior Hotel, in the charming Upper West Side.

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