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Brooklyn Bridge Tours

Extending for 1.3 miles (2 kilometers) across New York City’s East River, this 19th-century bridge sees constant foot, bike, and car traffic thanks to commuters and sightseers alike. After a construction beset by tragedies—at least 20 people died during the building process—this steel-wire suspension bridge, then the world’s largest, finally opened to the public in 1883. Today crossing the Brooklyn Bridge is an essential New York experience. Visitors come in droves to admire the bridge’s dramatic neo-Gothic towers and the stellar views of Lower Manhattan and the Brooklyn waterfront.
 
The Basics
The storied history of the Brooklyn Bridge and the spectacular views it affords make it a common inclusion on guided walking tours and bike tours of the city. For a whole new perspective on the bridge, take a sightseeing cruise or even a helicopter flight during which you will buzz over the iconic structure as well as other well-known NYC landmarks, including the Statue of Liberty.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • In cooler months, wear an extra layer or two, as it can be colder and windier on the bridge than on street level.
  • The bridge’s pedestrian path is narrow; be careful not to veer into the adjacent bike lane.
  • Crossing the bridge on foot takes around 25 minutes, or longer if you pause for photographs.
 
How to Get There
From Manhattan, you can access the bridge’s walkway from Park Row and Centre Street, opposite City Hall Park. The closest subway stations are Brooklyn Bridge–City Hall (4, 5, and 6 trains) and Chambers Street (J and Z). On the Brooklyn side, access the pedestrian walkway from Tillary Street and Adams Street in Brooklyn Heights. Here the nearest subway stations are Jay Street–MetroTech (A, C, and F), Court Street (N and R), and Borough Hall (2, 3, 4, and 5).

When to Get There
Avoid the morning and evening rush hours: The bridge is congested with commuters. It’s quieter early on weekend mornings (before 10am) and at night (after 8pm), when the bridge’s neo-Gothic towers are dramatically illuminated. 
 
The Fascinating History of the Brooklyn Bridge
Though the Brooklyn Bridge was designed by John Roebling in the 1860s, Roebling never got to see his creation realized, having died following an accident in 1869. After his death, his son, Washington Roebling, and his wife, Emily, oversaw the construction. On May 30, 1883, just a few days after its opening, the bridge was the site of a tragic stampede that killed 12 pedestrians. In 1884, in an effort to allay concerns regarding the structural integrity of the bridge, circus owner P.T. Barnum had a troupe of 21 elephants, including the famous Jumbo, cross it.

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Brooklyn Bridge Bike Tour

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The Brooklyn Bridge Bike Tour lets you safely explore the best of Manhattan by bike. Pedal on the new Hudson riverside bike trail, past famous landmarks and ...  Read more

Location: New York, New York
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $55.00
Brooklyn Bridge Guided Walking Tour, New York City, Bike & Mountain Bike Tours
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Brooklyn Bridge Guided Walking Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 5 Reviews

Come see the beauty and history of lower Manhattan and the Brooklyn Bridge at an easy pace with one of New York’s best tour guides. This walking tour will turn ...  Read more

Location: New York, New York
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $26.13
Brooklyn Bridge Guided Bike Tour, New York City, Walking Tours
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Brooklyn Bridge Guided Bike Tour

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Come explore lower Manhattan on two wheels! Cycle around Manhattan’s southern tip, climb uphill into the City Hall area, then up onto the Brooklyn Bridge ...  Read more

Location: New York, New York
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $48.99
Brooklyn Bridge Running Tour, New York City, Bike & Mountain Bike Tours
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Brooklyn Bridge Running Tour

The Brooklyn Bridge is the most iconic landmark in all of New York. At any time of day The Bridge provides great views of Manhattan and Brooklyn and offers a ...  Read more

Location: New York, New York
Duration: 90 minutes (approx.)

From USD $50.00
Brooklyn Bridge Photography Tour, New York City, Running Tours
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Brooklyn Bridge Photography Tour

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Capture the legendary beauty of NYC’s Brooklyn Bridge and its iconic skyline on a 1.5-hour photography tour. Join an expert photographer on a walk across the ...  Read more

Location: New York, New York
Duration: 90 minutes (approx.)

From USD $85.00
New York Jazzy Champagne Brunch Cruise, New York City, Photography Tours
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New York Jazzy Champagne Brunch Cruise

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With live jazz music, a robust brunch buffet and bottomless sparking wine and mimosas, this relaxing Manhattan brunch cruise makes for a perfect Sunday outing ...  Read more

Location: New York City, United States
Duration: 2 hours

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Viator VIP: NYC Helicopter Flight and Statue of Liberty Cruise, New York City, Day Cruises
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Viator VIP: NYC Helicopter Flight and Statue of Liberty Cruise

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Get unbeatable views of Manhattan from the sky and water on this exclusive VIP tour in New York City! Hop aboard a luxury helicopter and soar over the Brooklyn ...  Read more

Location: New York City, New York
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

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Manhattan to Brooklyn NYC Walking Tour: Brooklyn Bridge and Dumbo, New York City, Viator VIP Tours
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Manhattan to Brooklyn NYC Walking Tour: Brooklyn Bridge and Dumbo

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This unique walking tour of New York City will take you from Manhattan over the famous Brooklyn Bridge to Brooklyn. Admire the stunning city skyline as you ...  Read more

Location: New York City, New York
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $35.00
Private Brooklyn Walking Tour: Brooklyn Bridge DUMBO and Brooklyn Heights, Brooklyn, Walking Tours
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Private Brooklyn Walking Tour: Brooklyn Bridge DUMBO and Brooklyn Heights

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On this private walking tour you and your party will have an unforgettable walk over the famous Brooklyn Bridge that was completed in 1883. Enjoy the amazing ...  Read more

Location: New York City, New York
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

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Private Guided Walking Tour of the Brooklyn Bridge and DUMBO, New York City, Private Sightseeing ... 
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Private Guided Walking Tour of the Brooklyn Bridge and DUMBO

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Explore the world-famous Brooklyn Bridge on this guided, 2.5-hour walking tour from Manhattan to the trendy DUMBO neighborhood of Brooklyn. The Brooklyn Bridge ...  Read more

Location: New York, New York
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $150.00

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