Top 10 Things To Do in Red Hook, or A Perfect Summer Sunday

If you’re exhausted by Manhattan’s crowds and honking cars, visit Red Hook, Brooklyn, for a relaxed and fun-filled day trip. Red Hook offers beautiful views of New York, great food, distinctive stores and kind people. So here you go: the top 10 things to do in our neighborhood!

1. To get to Red Hook, catch the IKEA ferry from Pier 11 and let the fun begin!

2. Start your day with brunch at Emma’s Torch Classroom Cafe on 293 Van Brunt St. Learn about our mission to empower refugees through culinary training, and enjoy delicious food with an international twist.

3. Next up is a stroll around Jr. Park and Pier. You’re in for a fabulous view of the Statue of Liberty!

4. Right next door to Jr. Park and Pier is Red Hook Boaters which provides free (first come, first served) kayaks to take out into the water.

5. If you need a snack after all that kayaking, stop by Steve's Authentic Key Lime Pie for a quick bite. Or if pastry is more up your alley, check out Baked

6. Then, wander over to the Kentler International Drawing Space to look at some incredible artwork.

7. The next must-see spot is Dry Dock Wines + Spirits. They have free tastings on weekends, so get ready to try locally made spirits and a collection of over 400 wines.

8. If you’re in the shopping mood, continue on Van Brunt St or head over to Dwight St to check out Red Hook's many unique stores. Some of our favorites include Erie Basin for jewelry, Saipua for flowers and homemade soaps, and Foxy and Winston for screen printed gifts.

9. It’s finally dinner time! If it’s before sunset, head over to the Red Hook Vendors’ Market Place to do a tasting of traditional Latin food trucks. Otherwise, there’s Red Hook Lobster Pound for Maine-imported lobster. Yum.

10. To top off your day, grab a drink at one of Red Hook's first bars: Red Hook Bait and Tackle