Red Hook Waterfront – Things to Do

Forget the Highline, the Red Hook waterfront is the perfect place for a walk or bike tour. This Summer, Red Hook is going to be THE place to be with your family in Brooklyn. Here are our picks for your day out in Red Hook.



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Best Day to Go: Saturday – Even though it may be busy, everything is guaranteed to be open and  lively.

What to Bring: A hat, sunscreen, and water. It can get hot on the waterfront with limited shade

Good to Know: There aren’t a lot of bathrooms on the waterfront so make sure to go when you have the chance

Things to Do:

We have mapped out a waterfront tour that you can do either on foot or by bike. There is a walking/ biking path along most of the waterfront so you can see all of the sights.


Catch a view of the Statue of Liberty from pretty much anywhere along the Red Hook waterfront. You can even see the gold tip of her torch!

Earie Basin Park is right by IKEA and the Water Taxi terminal is a nice place for a bike ride or stroll along where ships used to dock.

Old Time Streetcar and Tracks are located by the water near Fairway. These old street cars are a neat look back into old New York.

Waterfront Barge and Museum – This small museum is located on a floating barge and tells the story of waterfront life and work.


Green spots and parks speckle the Red Hook waterfront from start to finish. Take a stroll through the  tiny Pier 44 Waterfront Garden and stop into the Chelsea Garden Center to smell some flowers. The best park in Red Hook however is the Valentino Park and Pier where local families hang out and fly kites, play pirates, and even see a free summer movie.


Lunch at the convenient and affordable Fairway Cafe on the Water and then head over to Steve’s Authentic Key Lime Pie for a key lime pie on a stick. Steve’s also has a shady goldfish pond that your tots will love to check out.  If you are feeling like a kid free excursion then walk down the pier to the Red Hook Winery that hosts wine tastings on weekends. Scheduled top open soon, Brooklyn Crab promises to be a mini golf course and crab shack… can’t wait for that!

Here are some more photos of the Red Hook Waterfront:

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2 thoughts on “Red Hook Waterfront – Things to Do

  1. Jon Mayer

    A great excuse for a Red Hook ‘getaway’ is the Red Hook Fest, coming up June 1-2. Good music, some interesting dance companies, lots of fun stuff to do, and it’s all right on the water. Worth stopping by as a pitstop on a Red Hook outing or making a day of it if you’re in the neighborhood a lot.

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