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Presented in partnership with the Brooklyn Navy Yard Center at BLDG 92

For over 150 years, the Brooklyn Navy Yard churned out America’s most famous fighting ships, from the USS Maine to the USS Missouri. Today, the Yard is becoming a model for sustainable urban industrial parks.  From sustainability and history tours to a Yard Inspectors Family Tour, there’s something for everyone at the Brooklyn Navy Yard by bicycle, bus, and on foot!  For directions to the Brooklyn Navy Yard and other information, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions and consult our transportation map.  If you are interested in booking a private tour, please visit our Group Tours page

Tours at the Brooklyn Navy Yard:
Brooklyn Navy Yard Past, Present, & Future Tour

Urban Ecology Tour at the Brooklyn Navy Yard
Sustainable Architecture & Industry Tour of the Brooklyn Navy Yard
The “Can-Do” Yard: World War II at the Brooklyn Navy Yard
Seasonal Photography Tours of the Brooklyn Navy Yard
Yard Inspectors Family Tour


Brooklyn Navy Yard: Past, Present, & Future Tour

Available as a public tour by bus and a private group tour by bus or bicycle

tugboatThis tour explores the vast 300-acre property and offers opportunities to take a closer look at the Yard’s most intriguing sites, including a a dry dock that’s been used since before the Civil War, the 24-acre former naval hospital annex that is virtually frozen in time, and the nation’s first multi-story LEED Gold-certified industrial building.  Oral history clips and historical photographs, as well as stories of companies in the Yard today, will also be included on this tour. While we’ll use a bus to get you from place to place, we will be getting off the bus at most of the stops.

Admission: $30/person (Click here to view schedule and purchase tickets)

Schedule: Public tours are offered on most Saturdays and Sundays, 2:30-4:30pm, March through October, and select Saturdays and Sundays, 2-4pm, November through February.  Private tours are available other days of the week, subject to availability.  Click here for the calendar and to purchase tickets.

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2 hours
All tours begin and end at The Brooklyn Navy Yard Center at BLDG 92, located at the intersection of Flushing and Carlton Avenues in Brooklyn, NY.  Visit our Frequently Asked Questions page for complete directions.
$30/person. Tickets must be purchased for all tour attendees, including children ages 2 and up, and may be purchased online up until the time of your tour, or at BLDG 92 on the day of the tour, subject to availability. Tours do regularly sell out, so advance ticket purchase is strongly encouraged.

Please note that while infants under 2 years of age do not require tickets, they must be tied to the person (via a wrapping cloth, baby bjorn, etc.) of the accompanying adult while on the bus to ensure the child’s safety.

Please visit our Private Group Tours page for information, and contact us to make a reservation.  Private bus tours can be scheduled on most days of the week, and this tour is available as a private bicycle tour on weekends, subject to availability.

Urban Ecology Tour at the Brooklyn Navy Yard 

Public and private group tours available by bicycle or by bus 

IMG_9097Discover the natural world in the midst a thriving urban industrial park on this bicycle and walking tour of the Brooklyn Navy Yard, where we will explore New York City’s waterways, terrestrial ecosystems and urban farms. At the stunning 65,000-square-foot Brooklyn Grange rooftop farm, we will learn how they produce 20,000 pounds of vegetables annually – as well as honey and eggs – and are a national leader in the development of rooftop and urban farming techniques.  Descending to the bank of the East River, we will visit an oyster restoration project led by students from the New York Harbor School and will discuss the improving health of the city’s waterways, and the challenges that remain.  We will visit the historic Naval Hospital campus, where we will identify plants and trees, both local and exotic, that have sprung up on this largely undeveloped site, making it a haven for birds and insects, and will learn about plans for a memorial park at the site that will become part of the Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway.  This tour will reveal that the natural world truly is all around us, even in the heart of the city.  Turnstile Tours hosts this tour in partnership with the Brooklyn Navy Yard Center at BLDG 92 and the Brooklyn Greenway Initiative.

Admission: $29/person for the bicycle version of this tour and $30/person for the bus and walking version of this tour.  Admission includes knowledgeable and entertaining tour guide, security escort, and a bicycle sweep for the bicycle tour and a bus and driver for the bus-led version of this tour. Click here for details, including upcoming dates and more detailed information.

🚲 Attendees on all public bicycle tours are responsible for providing their own bicycles, safety helmets, and bike locks.  A portion of this tour is walking, and you will need to lock your bike when we visit the rooftop farm.  Please see information below about nearby bicycle rental shops. 🚲

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2 hours
All tours begin and end at The Brooklyn Navy Yard Center at BLDG 92located at the intersection of Flushing and Carlton Avenues in Brooklyn, NY.  Visit our Frequently Asked Questions page for complete directions.
$29/person. Tickets must be purchased for all tour attendees, including children ages 2 and up, and may be purchased online up until the time of your tour, or at BLDG 92 on the day of the tour, subject to availability. Tours do regularly sell out, so advance ticket purchase is strongly encouraged.
Please visit our Private Group Tours page for information, and contact us to make a reservation.  Private bicycle tours can be scheduled on weekends, and this tour is available as a private bus tour most days of the week, subject to availability.
All participants must provide their own bicycle and safety helmet.  Make sure to set up your rental in advance.

Ride Brooklyn Bike Shop - Located a 10 minute bicycle ride from the Brooklyn Navy Yard at 468 Bergen St in the Park Slope section of Brooklyn.

Blazing Saddles - Located near the South Street Seaport in Lower Manhattan. You’ll need to cross the East River – either by bicycling over the Brooklyn Bridge or taking the East River Ferry to Williamsburg – in order to get to the Brooklyn Navy Yard.  Please plan 30-40 minutes for this ride.

CitiBike - CitiBike stations are located nearby the Brooklyn Navy Yard.  However, Turnstile Tours cannot guarantee the availability of these bikes, and all participants are required to provide their own safety helmet when on a Turnstile bicycle tour.  Because the CitiBike system is designed for commuting and riding short distances, additional fees may be incurred for using a bike for an extended period, and Turnstile Tours cannot be held responsible for these fees.  Rides that last over 30 minutes for a 24-hour or 7-day pass holders, or over 45 minutes for an annual pass holder, will result in overtime fees.  Please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page and the Citibike pricing page for more details.


Brooklyn Navy Yard Sustainable Architecture & Industry Tour

Public and private group tours available by bicycle or by bus

Doug leads the Sustainability Bicycle Tour of the Brooklyn Navy Yard.

Explore the Brooklyn Navy Yard’s transition from one of the nation’s foremost naval shipbuilding facilities to a national leader for sustainable urban industrial parks. Learn about sustainable development efforts at the Yard, including the nation’s first multi-story “green” industrial building, first solar and wind-powered street lamps, NYC’s first building-mounted wind turbines, adaptively reused historic structures, and much, much more!  Turnstile Tours hosts this tour in partnership with the Brooklyn Navy Yard Center at BLDG 92 and the Brooklyn Greenway Initiative.

Admission: $24/person for the bicycle version of this tour and $30/person for the bus-led version of this tour.  Admission includes knowledgeable and entertaining tour guide, a map, and a security escort and bicycle sweep for the bicycle tour and a bus and driver for the bus and walking tour version of this tour.  For upcoming dates, please click here to view schedule and purchase tickets.

🚲 Attendees on all public tours are responsible for providing their own bicycles and safety helmets.  Please see information below about nearby bicycle rental shops. 🚲

View Schedule and Buy Tickets

2 hours
All tours begin and end at The Brooklyn Navy Yard Center at BLDG 92located at the intersection of Flushing and Carlton Avenues in Brooklyn, NY.  Visit our Frequently Asked Questions page for complete directions.
$24/person for the bicycle version of this tour and $30/person for the bus and walking version of this tour. Tickets must be purchased for all tour attendees, including children ages 2 and up, and may be purchased online up until the time of your tour, or at BLDG 92 on the day of the tour, subject to availability. Tours do regularly sell out, so advance ticket purchase is strongly encouraged.
Please visit our Private Group Tours page for information, and contact us to make a reservation.  Private bicycle tours can be scheduled on weekends, and this tour is available as a private bus tour most days of the week, subject to availability.
All participants must provide their own bicycle and safety helmet.  Make sure to set up your rental in advance.

Ride Brooklyn Bike Shop - Located a 10 minute bicycle ride from the Brooklyn Navy Yard at 468 Bergen St in the Park Slope section of Brooklyn.

Blazing Saddles - Located near the South Street Seaport in Lower Manhattan. You’ll need to cross the East River – either by bicycling over the Brooklyn Bridge or taking the East River Ferry to Williamsburg – in order to get to the Brooklyn Navy Yard.  Please plan 30-40 minutes for this ride.

CitiBike - CitiBike stations are located nearby the Brooklyn Navy Yard.  However, Turnstile Tours cannot guarantee the availability of these bikes, and all participants are required to provide their own safety helmet when on a Turnstile bicycle tour.  Because the CitiBike system is designed for commuting and riding short distances, additional fees may be incurred for using a bike for an extended period, and Turnstile Tours cannot be held responsible for these fees.  Rides that last over 30 minutes for a 24-hour or 7-day pass holders, or over 45 minutes for an annual pass holder, will result in overtime fees.  Please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page and the Citibike pricing page for more details.


The Can-Do Yard: WWII Tour of the Brooklyn Navy Yard

Available as a public tour by bus and a private group tour by bus or bicycle

USS Franklin after being bombed, March 19, 1945 - NavSourceDuring World War II, the Brooklyn Navy Yard played a pivotal role in the American war effort – it built battleships and aircraft carriers, repaired over 5,000 ships, sent troops and supplies to fronts across the globe, and the tireless efforts of its 70,000 workers earned it the nickname ”The Can-Do Yard.”  This tour examines the role of the New York City waterfront in the war effort, explores connections between the Yard and famous battles of World War II, and visits sites of significance that remain from this era, including the Naval Hospital campus, the Naval Film Exchange, a working dry dock, and even businesses outside the Yard that switched to wartime production.  By visiting these sites, hearing the stories of workers and sailors, and examining historical images and documents from the period, the tour will evoke a sense of what the Yard was like during the war and illuminate the historical legacies that persist to this day.  While use a bus to get you from place to place, which keeps us toasty in the winter and cool in the summer, we get off the bus at several stops to explore some of the most interesting sites on foot.

Admission: $30/person (Advance purchase required. Click here to view schedule and purchase tickets)  FREE admission for WWII veterans and 10% discounts available for other military personnel and veterans.  Please contact us or call (347) 903-8687 for more information and registration.

Schedule: This tour is offered the first Sunday of most months and select days on holiday weekends.   Click here to see the calendar of upcoming tours and to reserve tickets.

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2 hours
All tours begin and end at The Brooklyn Navy Yard Center at BLDG 92located at the intersection of Flushing and Carlton Avenues in Brooklyn, NY.  Visit our Frequently Asked Questions page for complete directions.
$30/person. Tickets must be purchased for all tour attendees, including children ages 2 and up, and may be purchased online up until the time of your tour, or at BLDG 92 on the day of the tour, subject to availability. Tours do regularly sell out, so advance ticket purchase is strongly encouraged.

Please note that while infants under 2 years of age do not require tickets, they must be tied to the person (via a wrapping cloth, baby bjorn, etc.) of the accompanying adult while on the bus to ensure the child’s safety.

Discounts for veterans: World War II veterans and defense workers receive free admission for this tour.  Please register in advance by calling (347) 903-8687 or visit our contact page.  Other veterans and military personnel are eligible for a 10% discount but must contact us for detail.  Advance ticket purchase/registration is required to receive these discounts.

Please visit our Private Group Tours page for information, and contact us to make a reservation.  Private bus tours can be scheduled on most days of the week, and this tour is available as a private bicycle tour on weekends, subject to availability.

Seasonal Photography Tours of the Brooklyn Navy Yard

Available as a public tour by bus and a private group tour by bus or bicycle

Brooklyn Naval Hospital in Full Bloom (Andrew Gustafson).The Brooklyn Navy Yard is a fascinating visual tapestry of 19th century buildings and LEED-certified structures, of natural landscapes and waterfront vistas amid a thriving industrial park.  Starting this fall, Turnstile Tours and BLDG 92 are pleased to offer seasonal photography tours to provide opportunities for the public to come out with their cameras and capture some of the most visually stimulating sites within the Yard.  Highlights include the Navy Hospital campus with its 19th century buildings, the World War II-era pier with views of the Manhattan skyline and Wallabout Bay, and a functioning dry dock that is used for ship repair.  Unlike our other bus and bike tours, tour guides will provide limited content and instead offer extended opportunities at several locations for guests to take photographs of the diverse industrial and natural landscapes of the Yard.  While we’ll use a bus to get you from place to place, we will be getting off the bus in several locations.

📷 Please note that photographs taken on this tour may only be used for non-commercial purposes.  Participants will be required to abide by the Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation’s photography policies (see “Photography Policy” tab below), sign a waiver on the day of the tour, and comply with directions and instructions provided by the accompanying tour guide and driver. 📷 

Admission: $30/person (Click here to view schedule and purchase tickets)

Schedule: Select Saturdays in 2013.  The Winter Photography Tour will be held on Saturday, January 18th from 11AM-1PM and the Spring Photography Tour will be on Saturday, April 19th from 11AM-1PM.  Stay tuned for Summer and Fall dates for 2014. Private tours offered other days of the week, subject to availability.

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2 hours
All tours begin and end at The Brooklyn Navy Yard Center at BLDG 92located at the intersection of Flushing and Carlton Avenues in Brooklyn, NY.  Visit our Frequently Asked Questions page for complete directions.
$30/person. Tickets must be purchased for all tour attendees, including children ages 2 and up, and may be purchased online up until the time of your tour, or at BLDG 92 on the day of the tour, subject to availability. Tours do regularly sell out, so advance ticket purchase is strongly encouraged.
Please visit our Private Group Tours page for information, and contact us to make a reservation.  Private bus tours can be scheduled on most days of the week, and this tour is available as a private bicycle tour on weekends, subject to availability.
Photographs taken on this tour may only be used for non-commercial or personal purposes. Using photographs for commercial purposes without acquiring permission from the Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corp. is strictly prohibited.  Please also note that photography of Steiner Studios and the power plant is not allowed; entrance into tenants’ buildings or photographs of the insides of buildings that are currently occupied by tenants is strictly prohibited; and all tour participants are required to abide by and comply with instructions provided by either the bus driver or tour guide while on seasonal photography tours of the Yard.

Yard Inspectors Tour: Fun for Families and School groups!

Available as a public and private group tour by bus only

tugboat_FamilyStep into the shoes of an inspector in-training on this Yard-wide adventure! Follow clues through the Yard to uncover its hidden treasures. Search for industrial cranes, street lamps powered by wind and the sun, and much, much more on this hands-on guided Yard-wide tour! Along the way, participants will learn about Brooklyn’s legacy of naval shipbuilding, New York’s maritime industry today, and new “green” architecture and businesses in the Navy Yard today. Appropriate for children ages 6 to 13 and their parents.

Admission: $22/adult inspector and $20/child inspector (Click here to view schedule and purchase tickets).  Includes fun and knowledgeable educator, bus and driver, inspector materials (with clues and a historic map!), and an inspector badge.

Schedule:  Public tours are offered 1-2 weekend days per month, March-October.  All upcoming public tour dates can be viewed by clicking here.  Private tours available most days of the week, subject to availability.

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Approximately 1 hour
All tours begin and end at The Brooklyn Navy Yard Center at BLDG 92located at the intersection of Flushing and Carlton Avenues in Brooklyn, NY.  Visit our Frequently Asked Questions page for complete directions.
$22/adult and $20/child. Tickets must be purchased for all tour attendees, including children, and may be purchased at BLDG 92. Tours do sell out, so advance ticket purchase is strongly encouraged.
Please visit our Private Group Tours page for information, and contact us to make a reservation.  Private bus tours can be scheduled on most days of the week for families, school groups, camps, and birthday parties, and can also include lunch packages and a visit to the Brooklyn Navy Yard Center at BLDG 92.

BLDG 92 Brooklyn Navy Yard Center logo

 

 

For directions to the Brooklyn Navy Yard and other information, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions and consult our transportation map.  If you are interested in booking a private tour, please visit our Group Tours page.  All of Turnstile Tours’ experiences at the Brooklyn Navy Yard are presented in partnership with the Brooklyn Navy Yard Center at BLDG 92.