Brooklyn Bridge Walking Tour

The 2.1 km stroll across the Brooklyn Bridge makes a great walking tour with unparalleled views of the New York Skyline

The Brooklyn Bridge stretches towards Manhattan and a beautiful sunset
The Brooklyn Bridge stretches towards Manhattan and a beautiful sunset cc licensed photo by Anthony Quintano

For a true Big Apple experience, spend a sunny afternoon strolling across the Brooklyn Bridge, one of the most iconic landmarks in New York City for over 125 years. Completed in 1883, the Brooklyn Bridge crosses the East River connecting Manhattan and Brooklyn.

The timeless beauty of its Gothic-inspired stone pylons and sweeping steel cables has inspired many, including Walt Whitman, Frank Sinatra and Georgia O'Keefe. the Brooklyn Bridge Walk allows visitors to follow in their footsteps for a unique vantage point to appreciate the breathtaking New York City skyline with unrivalled views of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island.

Starting your walk from Brooklyn offers a more dramatic perspective, while beginning in Manhattan may be more convenient. Departing on either end, the walkway offers 1.3 miles of outstanding photo opportunities, so bring your camera and plan on spending at least one hour. Remember to dress for the weather and wear comfortable shoes; the wood plank walkway is not high heel friendly. Sightseers should stay within the designated pedestrian area and be mindful of cyclists.

There are no facilities or food vendors available on the Brooklyn Bridge Walk, but you can enjoy a treat of Brooklyn Ice Cream (1 Water St) or enjoy a world-famous slice at Grimaldi's (19 Old Fulton Street). On the Manhattan side, it is a short walk to South Street Seaport for a wide variety of dining options (Pier 17, Fulton and South Street).

Facts For Your Visit

Fee: No

Address: Brooklyn Bridge, New York, NY 10038, USA

Official Website: Brooklyn Bridge

Directions

Subway Line Nearest Station Walking Time
4, 5 or 6Brooklyn Bridge / City Hall2 minutes
N or RCity Hall5 minutes
A or CHigh Street / Brooklyn Bridge6 minutes
2 or 3Clark Street / Brooklyn Bridge9 minutes

How to get to Brooklyn Bridge by Subway

From Manhattan, take the 4, 5 or 6 train to Brooklyn Bridge / City Hall and follow Park Row to Center Street (2 minutes) or take the N or R to City Hall and walk east across City Hall Park to Park Row, turn right and walk north to the promenade entrance.

From Brooklyn, take the A or C train to High Street / Brooklyn Bridge stop and go north on Cadman Plaza E, then left on Prospect Street to the stairs in the underpass (4 minutes) or for a more scenic, but slightly longer route take the 2 or 3 train to Clark Street, take the elevator to street level, turn left onto Little Henry Street, cross at Cranberry Street and take the path through the co-op houses. Continue across the street to Cadman Plaza West and follow the path through Cadman Plaza Park to Washington Street.

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Reviews

Rated 4.7 out of 5Brooklyn Bridge Star Rating

5 Star Rating No wonder is this one of the most popular tourist attraction in NY! Full of people but everyone is enjoying and taking lots of pictures because it’s a really beautiful bridge. It’s a nice walk, beautiful view from any angle. Definitely a must see when visiting NYC!

Indre Ra - 11 days ago

5 Star Rating Definitely worth the visit! Great to walk and soak in the atmosphere. Always filled with people but has a very calm energy. Feels peaceful even amongst all the locals & tourists. Excellent photo ops all along the way!

L - 13 days ago

4 Star Rating Iconic Brooklyn Bridge is a steel suspension bridge that was built over a hundred years ago. There's an elevated footpath that gives a stunning skyline view in case one chooses to walk from Brooklyn to Manhattan. And walking the other way round from Manhattan to Brooklyn gifts one with the most wonderful photo opportunity with the bridge towers in the back ground.

Nallamai Lakshmanan - 13 days ago

5 Star Rating The first time I actually walked the whole bridge was a peaceful walk. It has such an amazing view. During sunrise and sunset the view is just impeccable. It’s definitely a tourist attraction area. Be aware of the bicycle lane because they’re just trying to get around and wouldn’t want anyone to get hurt so just be mindful.

Chelsea Drake - 16 days ago

5 Star Rating Though this is a high traffic bridge with many people, it is totally worth the trip. Be mindful of bikers on the path. Great place to get to know other people. Stop by every so often and observe the surroundings. You can see many places from this bridge. One of my interesting things to do is to take some time and look at the age of the steel and ropes of the old bridge. Looking at the bridge structure you can really see the power of the bridge. About halfway through the bridge on the south side you can see the statute of liberty. Great scenery for pictures and videos. This would be and ideal location for wedding photography, or proposals. I’d like to bring your attention to the mid half of the bridge. The area that exposes almost every side of the city. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

Paul Khrab - 2 months ago

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This video shows you exactly how to access the Brooklyn Bridge walk from either Manhattan or Brooklyn

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