Brooklyn Navy Yard: Architecture & Infrastructure Tour

Brooklyn Navy Yard Building 25, a modern-looking industrial building

Explore the rich and unique architecture of the Brooklyn Navy Yard on this guided tour by bus or bicycle. Take a closer look at the many layers of history visible in the landscape, from Civil War-era machine shops to innovative LEED-Certified structures, and how these buildings have been adapted for modern industry. Learn about development projects currently underway at the Yard, including Building 77, Admiral’s Row, and the Green Manufacturing Center, and the infrastructure that keeps the Yard – and all of New York City – running.

Select Weekends | Bicycle Tour, Apr–Sep | Bus Tour, Oct–Mar | >> More Information <<

Brooklyn Navy Yard: Bicycle Tours

People wearing safety helmets stand with their bicycles at the waterfront by industrial buildings

Hop on your bike and take a ride through 300 acres of history, industry, architecture, and nature on our monthly Brooklyn Navy Yard Bicycle Tours. Each month, we will offer tours on a different theme, including our classic Past, Present & Future Tour, World War II Tour, Architecture & Infrastructure Tour, and the Urban Ecology Tour. Each tour will have a slightly different route, but highlights include the historic Dry Dock No. 1, the newly-renovated Building 77, and many examples of historic buildings repurposed for modern industry. This is a great way to see another side of one of New York City’s most intriguing waterfront sites. All participants must provide their own bicycle.

Select weekends, Mar–Oct | Bicycle Tour | >> More Information <<

Brooklyn Navy Yard: Architecture & Infrastructure Tour (By Bus)

Brooklyn Navy Yard Building 25, a modern-looking industrial building

Explore the rich and unique architecture of the Brooklyn Navy Yard on this guided tour by bus or bicycle. Take a closer look at the many layers of history visible in the landscape, from Civil War-era machine shops to innovative LEED-Certified structures, and how these buildings have been adapted for modern industry. Learn about development projects currently underway at the Yard, including Building 77, Admiral’s Row, and the Green Manufacturing Center, and the infrastructure that keeps the Yard – and all of New York City – running.

Select Weekends, Oct–Mar | Bus Tour | >> More Information <<

Brooklyn Navy Yard: Urban Ecology Tour (By Bus)

A bright yellow sunflower on a sunny, clear day with a soil-based farm and a big water tower in the background.

Discover the natural world in the midst an industrial park on this 2-hour tour of the Brooklyn Navy Yard, where we will explore waterways, meadows, and urban farms. The highlight is a visit to the stunning Brooklyn Grange rooftop farm, where we will learn how they produce thousands of pounds of vegetables annually and are a national leader in the development of rooftop and urban farming techniques. The tour will also visit an oyster restoration project led by students from the New York Harbor School, and the Brooklyn Greenway Initiative‘s Naval Cemetery Landscape.

Select Sundays | Bus Tour | >> More Information <<

Brooklyn Navy Yard: Urban Ecology Bicycle Tour

A bright yellow sunflower on a sunny, clear day with a soil-based farm and a big water tower in the background.

Discover the natural world in the midst an industrial park on this 2-hour tour of the Brooklyn Navy Yard, where we will explore waterways, meadows, and urban farms. The highlight is a visit to the stunning Brooklyn Grange rooftop farm, where we will learn how they produce thousands of pounds of vegetables annually and are a national leader in the development of rooftop and urban farming techniques. The tour will also visit an oyster restoration project led by students from the New York Harbor School, and the Brooklyn Greenway Initiative‘s Naval Cemetery Landscape.

Select Sundays, May–Sep | Bicycle Tour | >> More Information <<

Brooklyn Navy Yard: Urban Ecology Tour

A bright yellow sunflower on a sunny, clear day with a soil-based farm and a big water tower in the background.

Discover the natural world in the midst an industrial park on this 2-hour tour of the Brooklyn Navy Yard, where we will explore waterways, meadows, and urban farms. The highlight is a visit to the stunning Brooklyn Grange rooftop farm, where we will learn how they produce thousands of pounds of vegetables annually and are a national leader in the development of rooftop and urban farming techniques. The tour will also visit an oyster restoration project led by students from the New York Harbor School, and the Brooklyn Greenway Initiative‘s Naval Cemetery Landscape.

Select Sundays | Bicycle Tour, May–Sep | Bus Tour, Oct | >> More Information <<

Brooklyn Navy Yard: Seasonal Photography Tour

The Brooklyn Navy Yard is a fascinating visual tapestry buildings spanning 200+ years of history, of natural landscapes and waterfront vistas amid a thriving industrial park. These photography tours provide opportunities for the public to come out with their cameras and capture some of the most visually striking outdoor sites of the Yard. Highlights include the World War II-era pier with views of the Manhattan skyline and an historic dry dock still used for ship repair today. Unlike our other bus and bike tours, tour guides will provide limited content and instead offer extended opportunities for visitors to shoot the diverse industrial and natural landscapes of the Yard.

Select Weekends | Bus & Walking Tour | >> More Information <<

Wafels and Dinges Factory Tour

Waffles on display through a window

Have you ever wanted to see what it takes to run a successful street food business behind the scenes? This tour will take you inside de Royal Dinges Factory, the commissary, production space, and headquarters of one of New York City’s most popular street food brands, Wafels & Dinges. On this guided tour, we will show you how they make their spectacular Liège wafel dough and delicious ice cream to supply their constellation of carts, trucks, kiosks, and cafés; you will learn how those carts and trucks are stored, supplied, and maintained; and you will get an insider’s look at this dynamic and growing business. You will even get the chance to put your hands in some dough, and cook your own fresh-made wafel in their custom-made irons. This tour is a great complement to our Food Cart Tours of Manhattan that explores NYC’s food systems, manufacturing, and entrepreneurship.

Public Tours

icon-calendar  TUE 10am / FRI 10am
icon-clock-o  1.25 hours
icon-male  Walking tour
icon-cutlery  Fresh-baked wafel and coffee included
icon-map-marker  Gowanus, Brooklyn

Brooklyn Army Terminal Tour

View of the metal frames that span the two sides of Building B, a massive concrete industrial building with an atrium at the center that opens to the sky.

Step inside an engineering marvel that is today a center of manufacturing and innovation. Built in 1918-1919, this enormous Cass Gilbert-designed complex served as a supply base for the American military for nearly 50 years. Today, this thriving industrial park is home to over 100 companies in industries ranging from precision manufacturers to biotech researchers, online retailers to chocolatiers. Our walking tours explore how this teeming military transportation hub operated, and how these facilities are put to use today. All tours are offered in partnership with the New York City Economic Development Corporation.

Public Tours

icon-calendar  SAT 11am
icon-clock-o  2 hours
  Walking tour
icon-map-marker  Sunset Park, Brooklyn 

Prospect Park Tours

People standing on Lullwater Bridge

Discover hidden treasures, natural wonders and little-known tales on these interactive guided tours of Prospect Park in the heart of Brooklyn, presented by Turnstile Tours in partnership with Prospect Park Alliance. While taking in the beauty of this iconic park’s woodlands, waterways, wildlife, and landmarks, explore the fascinating layers of natural and human history, from the flora and geology, to the architectural eras visible in the built environment, to the past and present of recreation and play. Explore how use of the park has changed over time, from the original vision of designers Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux, to projects underway today that support environmental conservation, historic preservation, and recreational and cultural access for Brooklynites and visitors from around the world.

Public Tours

icon-calendar  SAT 10:30am
icon-clock-o  2 hours
icon-male  Walking touricon-cutlery
icon-map-marker  Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn