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

Map of nearby accommodations: Booking.com

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 Majestic views of Historic Brooklyn Bridge from Brooklyn Bridge Park and from The Seaport across The East River. Easily accessible by pedestrians and motorists or from the downtown local subway stations for the 4, 5, 6, J, R, W and Z lines on the Manhattan side and the A, and C lines on the Brooklyn side. Allow plenty of walking time to traverse Bridge from Borough to Borough. Crowded often from midday into late hours of day.

Leonel Barragán - 3 days ago

5 Star Rating One of my favourite place in new york. Just take a walk on the bridge to enjoy the view. Specially around sunrise and sunset. The view is always amazing. Although try looking for a time when it is less crowded.

Rajesh Kaushik - 9 days ago

5 Star Rating Brooklyn Bridge is Beautiful. I have walked from Brooklyn to Manhattan on several occasions and nothing beats the views of the water, the piers, the skyline of both Brooklyn and Manhattan. So lovely to see people from all over the world visiting this bridge and it's lovely to see how something so huge seems so short to cross I wish it was longer.

Tanya Seerattan - 11 days ago

4 Star Rating Englishman in New York! Well I must stay I love this bridge it is truly brilliant! A slow walk across the boardwalk will have you in love with Brooklyn before you reach it. The joggers and personalities that you will see in just 45 minutes is worth the trip alone.

Luke - 17 days ago

5 Star Rating Classic and good walk. Bridge is Bridge, classic and famous. Another landmark and popular attraction place to visit in NYC. Link Manhattan and Brooklyn. My plan is that I find something to eat in Chinatown then walk to the bridge and cross the bridge to Brooklyn side which I can walk to Dumbo easily. Photogenic and crowded

wallapa d. - 1 month ago

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