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: New York, NY 10038, USA

Official Website: Brooklyn Bridge

Brooklyn Bridge Reviews

Rated 4.8 out of 5 Star Rating

5 Star Rating Our visit to the Brooklyn Bridge was a memorable experience, despite the rain. Walking the entire length of the bridge, we were able to appreciate its iconic architecture and stunning views of the bustling city. The rain did little to dampen our spirits, and we took our time to soak in the sights and sounds of the Big Apple. We stopped frequently to take photos and admire the bridge's intricate design, which is truly a sight to behold. The Brooklyn Bridge holds a special place in New York City's history and skyline, and it was a privilege to walk across it. Despite the weather, our walk across the bridge was a highlight of our trip, offering a unique perspective of the city and its iconic landmarks.
Matthew G - in the last week

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5 Star Rating If you visit New York City, you have to walk across the iconic Brooklyn Bridge. The walk itself is easy and you can go at your own pace. I recommend taking the self-guided audio tour from Free Tours by Foot. It really brought the bridge to life! The audio plays as you walk, telling you all about the amazing history and construction of the bridge. You learn so many fun facts and interesting stories. It makes the whole experience way more meaningful. The views are breathtaking - panoramas of the NYC skyline and East River. It's just a stunning sight.
RM Torres - 3 weeks ago

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5 Star Rating You haven't been to NY if you haven't walked the Brooklyn Bridge. This was a cool experience. We followed some advice of other reviewers and walked from the Brooklyn side over to Manhattan on a fine sunny day. The walk was pleasant and the views of the Manhattan skyline was amazing. Finding the entrance was pretty easy and just up the hill from Dumbo.
Lisa Ang - 2 weeks ago

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5 Star Rating If the weather’s nice it’s a nice walk across the bridge. This iconic bridge connects downtown Manhattan to Brooklyn over the East River. The lower Manhattan entrance is just across from City Hall Park. Only 1.3 miles long you can walk it in roughly 20 minutes. So many great photo ops of the city skyline and halfway through you can see the Statue of Liberty. Once on the Brooklyn side you will be in the trendy section of Dumbo ( Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass) with its cobblestone streets, great little restaurants, and some really cool shops. Saturday and Sunday from 10-5 you can check out the Dumbo Flea Market.
A.L. Harris - 2 weeks ago

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5 Star Rating Walking on the Brooklyn Bridge was a great experience. Luckily, the weather was nice when we went, so we could enjoy it fully. I recommend coming here and enjoying the beautiful view.
Can Yıldırım - in the last week

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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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