Top 7 Spots to Visit in Brooklyn This Summer

Brooklyn skyline river NYC cityscape aerial bridgesAs summer heats up, it's time to start exploring all of the exciting events and attractions Brooklyn, New York has to offer. Whether you are in the market for some of the best ice cream in NYC or a relaxing stroll by the Brooklyn Bridge, we are here to make sure that you hit all the best summer spots in the city. If you are ready to be inspired and start checking some items off of your summer bucket list, keep reading!

    1. Get the Best Ice Cream in NYC at Tipsy Scoop Barlour in Williamsburg

Get the full Tipsy Scoop experience and try out some of the best ice cream NYC has to offer

ice cream in shot glasses cherries sprinkles ice cream wasted flag mint chocolate strawberry vanillaGrab a signature ice cream cocktail, or sample several flavors with one of our flights!

Established in 2019, Tipsy Scoop’s Barlour location in Williamsburg is an old-fashioned style ice cream parlor with a boozy twist. Tipsy Scoop serves up some of the most unique ice cream in NYC, ranging from ice cream cocktails to boozy ice cream sandwiches. You can indulge with one of their signature ice cream cocktails like the “Party Like It’s Your Birthday” which features Cake Batter Vodka Martini Ice Cream topped with prosecco, sprinkles, and a birthday cake gummy. It’s too exciting to pass up!

    2. Take a Ride or Grab a Bite at Coney Island

Home of historic rides and exceptional boardwalk hot dogs, Coney Island is a must-see in Brooklyn

cyclone roller coaster sunshine summer white track old neon signThe Cyclone roller coaster was originally built in 1927 and is still running to this day.

If you are a thrill seeker or are looking for a classic day out at the beach, you have to check out Coney Island this summer. The main attraction at Coney Island is Luna Park, a seaside amusement park that thrills guests today just as much as it did back in the early 1900s and is home to some of the most well known rides and attractions in the whole country. There is also lots of great boardwalk food to enjoy, like the original Nathan’s Famous Hot Dogs. And don’t forget to visit the beach or take in some of the stunning views of the city.

    3. Discover Excellent Views and Unique Shops in DUMBO

Short for “Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass,” this hidden neighborhood is full of surprises

manhattan bridge down under  brick buildings gray skies streetlights suspensionThis hidden little neighborhood has more to offer than you think.

When you make your way across the Brooklyn Bridge, which is a major attraction by itself, you might notice a neighborhood of warehouses that is now lovingly referred to as DUMBO. Once a heavily industrialized area of Brooklyn, DUMBO has now become a hotspot for art galleries, flea markets, and experimental theater exhibitions. You can also take in some killer views of the many Manhattan bridges while you are shopping or on your way to catch a show.

    4. Get Your Insta-Worthy Pics at Brooklyn Bridge Park

Spend the day relaxing next to one of the largest attractions in NYC

brooklyn bridge park at sunset green trees summer woman walking skyline in the distance lightsEnjoy the views and maybe even catch an outdoor movie at this underrated NYC park.

If you are in the mood to lay back and enjoy the view of New York Harbor or take some of your best pics for Instagram, Brooklyn Bridge Park is the place to be. Take some time out of the busy city to enjoy 85 acres of greenspace situated right next to the Brooklyn Bridge. During the summer the park hosts outdoor movies, concerts, and sporting events so there is likely always an event happening somewhere at Brooklyn Bridge Park during the summer.

   5. Take the Ferry to Governors Island

Get out on the water and explore new parts of the city

nyc manhattan skyline governors island park bike trail trees hudson bay boats bridgesWalk or bike around the island taking in the city skyline and great views of the Statue of Liberty.

After enjoying Brooklyn Bridge Park, you might be ready to explore the city a bit more. We recommend taking the ferry to Governors Island. Leaving from the Brooklyn Ferry Terminal every day, the ferry will give you excellent views of the city from the water. Not to mention, Governors Island is a great place to go for a walk, run, or bike ride. On some days you can take a tour of Governors Island, just be sure to check in advance before making the trip out to the island.

   6. Sample Local Food and Drinks at Williamsburg Smorgasburg

Enjoy a wide variety of cheap and delicious cuisine at this massive Williamsburg market

outdoor market lots of people old brick train station structure modern buildings water trees brick white tentsGet lost in the huge Smorgasburg market and try a little bit of everything. Image courtesy of Smorgasburg.

The absolute best place to go if you are looking for a midday bite to eat and want to sample some of the most exciting food in Brooklyn is Smorgasburg. Located in East River State Park and running all summer long, Smorgasburg is an overwhelmingly large food market that has a little something for everyone. The market often attracts over 100 local vendors as well as 20,000 to 30,000 guests every weekend. You might want to get there early!

    7. Step Back In Time at the New York Transit Museum

Admire a fully preserved decommissioned train station at this historic museum

old subway car NYC museums heinz vintage advertisements brown seatsImmerse yourself in NYC history. Image courtesy of New York Transit Museum.

New York city is known for having one of the oldest and most famous public transit systems in the world. If you are a history buff and want to learn more about how New Yorkers navigated the city, check out the New York Transit Museum. This is not your average museum space, the New York Transit Museum is housed in a decommissioned train station that features fully preserved artifacts from the beginning of the New York subway system. Take a look inside vintage subway cars and buses that carried city residents from as far back as the early 1900s. You definitely won’t want to miss out on this one of a kind glimpse into NYC history.

Whether you are a local or a tourist, these Brooklyn hotspots are a must see for everyone this coming summer. From some of the most unique ice cream in NYC, to art, food and history, Brooklyn has a little something for everyone. So, get your summer bucket list started with some of our recommendations and go out explore some of these awesome places in Brooklyn! Don’t forget to visit us at our Barlour location in Williamsburg. Tipsy Scoop is serving up signature boozy ice cream cocktails to keep you cool and keep the party going. We’ll see you there!