Gowanus is defined by its proximity to the Gowanus Canal, the industrial waterway that runs through the middle of the neighborhood, flanked by old warehouse buildings and construction sites. This former manufacturing district is changing quickly, though: Many of the warehouses are now home to loft apartments and unique attractions. Even the once-quiet stretch of 3rd Avenue now boasts its share of bars and restaurants.

Below are some not-to-miss spots for your visit to Gowanus.

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Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott New York Brooklyn
First, you need somewhere to stay. Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott New York Brooklyn is an ideally located hotel for exploring Gowanus. Located within walking distance of the neighborhood, Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott New York Brooklyn has plenty of amenities to make for an excellent visit. Visitors can enjoy a complimentary breakfast, a fitness center, a 24-hour business center with free Wi-Fi, a roof deck with spectacular views, and complimentary bike rentals.

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Dinosaur Bar-B-Que
This is a huge restaurant that is good for groups, and you can make a reservation online. Head straight for the pork ribs, mac and cheese, and honey hush cornbread when you go. And be sure to wash it down with a nice cold beer.

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Gowanus Dredgers Canoe Club
You can take a tour of Brooklyn’s coolest superfund site with the Gowanus Dredgers Canoe Club. The dredgers are by far the best group to guide you through the waters of Brooklyn, running an array of events throughout the year including paddling on the waterway, leading tours, conducting lectures, and participating in waterfront festivals. Be sure to check out the group’s special programs to plan your visit.


Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club
This is the only place in New York to enjoy some snacks and cocktails while playing a game of shuffleboard. Royal Palms has food trucks-in-residence that rotate on a daily basis. Check the food truck schedule and availability for a fun dinner night.

ample-hills-brooklyn-ice-cream-the-munchies-5794000The Munchies at Ample Hills

Ample Hills Creamery
Ample Hills offers delicious combination ice cream flavors like Chocolate Milk & Cookies, Peppermint Pattie, Ooey Gooey Butter Cake, and more. The Munchies (pictured above) is a pretzel-infused ice cream with clusters of Ritz crackers, potato chips, and mini M&Ms.

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The Bell House
The Bell House hosts a wide variety of cool acts, from indie bands and singer-songwriters to comedians and storytelling shows. The vibe is relaxed, they have a great beer selection, and there are barbecue sandwiches to be had if you’re hungry.

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