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  • Location:New York City, New York
  • Duration:2-2.5 hours

Manhattan to Brooklyn NYC Walking Tour: Brooklyn Bridge and Dumbo

Explore the world-famous Brooklyn Bridge on this guided, 2-hour walking tour from Manhattan to the trendy Dumbo neighborhood of Brooklyn. The Brooklyn Bridge is one of the oldest bridges in the United States, connecting the boroughs of Manhattan and Brooklyn by spanning the East River. Learn about its history, dating back to 1869, from your guide and enjoy a leisurely stroll into Dumbo (aka Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass), known for its high-end boutiques, delicious desserts, pizza shops, art galleries and scenic waterfront views.

Highlights

  • Guided walking tour from Manhattan to Brooklyn
  • Walk with your guide over the Brooklyn Bridge and learn about its architecture, history and construction
  • Admire views of Manhattan landmarks like the Statue of Liberty, Williamsburg Bridge and Empire State Building
  • Visit Brooklyn art galleries and see different styles of contemporary art in Dumbo
  • Stop at a chocolate shop where you can purchase desserts

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What You Can Expect

Manhattan to Brooklyn NYC Walking Tour: Brooklyn Bridge and Dumbo

View of the Brooklyn Bridge from Brooklyn's Dumbo neighborhood

Begin this walking tour by meeting the guide in front of the Tweed Courthouse in Manhattan. Learn about the history of Brooklyn en route to the world-famous Brooklyn Bridge. Pass Lower Manhattan sites like City Hall and the Municipal Building along the way.

Walk across the Brooklyn Bridge and learn about its history and architecture. The hybrid cable-stayed/suspension bridge is one of the oldest in the United States, dating back to 1869, when construction started. It spans 1,595 feet and was the first steel-wire suspension bridge ever constructed. Take in the incredible view of New York City landmarks from here, like the Empire State Building, the Statue of Liberty, One World Trade Center’s Freedom Tower and the Chrysler Building, to name a few.

In Brooklyn, head to the neighborhood of Dumbo, which stands for Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass. This area has become one of New York City’s premier arts districts, with venues like the Klompching Gallery, known for contemporary fine art photography; St Ann’s Warehouse, a performing arts institution; and the A.I.R. Gallery, the first all-female cooperative gallery in the United States. (Note: These galleries are closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.)

Visit Jacques Torres Chocolate, a popular shop featuring handmade artisan chocolates, for a truffle or cookie — or anything else that’s chocolate, of course.

Finally, wind up the tour at the 85-acre Brooklyn Bridge Park along the East River. Be sure to bring a camera, because the waterfront views of the Manhattan skyline and the Brooklyn Bridge are stunning.

Customer Reviews

robertsonsk0811

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

Great tour. Fabulous views. Loved the chocolate shop.

Lynn S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

Our guide, Sean was very knowledgable about the history of the bridge and of the neighborhoods around the bridge. The tour was on time and well paced. Definately a two hours well spent.

David W S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Great we loved this experience of a life time our guide knew her stuff and gave her all!

Michelle G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

What an awesome way to visit NYC and feel the city. Our guide was very personable and informative. The bridge is a little intimidating with all the people and cyclists, so I was glad to have a guide. I have never been to Brooklyn and would have missed some interesting sights without the guide. I felt like the price was reasonable and we all learned some interesting facts from our guide. Great tour!!

William Tanoto T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Excellent tour, the guide was informative and entertaining. Highly recommended!

Cathleen S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

I loved the tour, our tour guide Ludie was a great ambassador for New York - welcoming, informative and passionate.

Christine T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Fantastic! Our tour guide, Ludie, was very knowledgeable, witty, down to earth, and fun!
We had a wonderful time on the Brooklyn Bridge and afterwards at the chocolate shoppe in Dumbo.
Ludie even provided lunch spot tips and how to reach our next destinations! Highly recommended!

Vicki K B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

Our guide was very personable and friendly. We were so glad we took the tour instead of just walking over the bridge. She gave us a lot of information on the history of the bridge which gave more meaning to our experience. Even on this rainy cold day we had a memorable experience - thanks to our awesome guide.

Zach M USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

This was a great tour! We learned the history of the Brooklyn Bridge and some information about DUMBO. We both thought this was one of our favorite tours we did out of 7 on our recent trip. The guide was very enthusiastic! The tour does talk about art galleries in DUMBO. We did not see these as it mentions so not sure what that was about. A must do. Ask your guide how to get to Brooklyn Heights and spend 30 minutes walking there and back to DUMBO so you can see an incredible neighborhood. Also, this tour ends in Brooklyn Bridge Park. You will either need to walk back across the bridge or look up public transportation from the park to wherever you are staying.

Henry T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2014

Great guide, great weather, interesting information and history lesson. Enjoyed the experience very much.

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