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Brooklyn Bridge Tours

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Brooklyn Bridge
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.
Address: FDR Drive, 10038, USA
Hours: 24 hours a day
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Manhattan to Brooklyn NYC Walking Tour: Brooklyn Bridge and DumboArchitecture Tours

Manhattan to Brooklyn NYC Walking Tour: Brooklyn Bridge and Dumbo

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Combine an introduction to Manhattan with a walk across the Brooklyn Bridge in just a few hours, saving time with a guide who knows the best ways around the city to see more in less time. Walk from Manhattan to the trendy Dumbo neighborhood of Brooklyn, and cross the Brooklyn Bridge. Your guide tells you NYC history and fun city facts as you stroll.
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New York City: Brooklyn Bridge & Waterfront Bike Tour (2 Hours)Mountain Bike Tours

New York City: Brooklyn Bridge & Waterfront Bike Tour (2 Hours)

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See New York City’s iconic attractions and diverse neighborhoods on a guided 2-wheeled tour. Cycle past skyscrapers and the Statue of Liberty on a tour of Battery Park and Wall Street, and enjoy the urban scenery along the Hudson River path. Bike across the Brooklyn Bridge for a quintessential Big Apple experience, and take in fantastic views of the Manhattan skyline.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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New York in One Day Guided Sightseeing TourDay Cruises

New York in One Day Guided Sightseeing Tour

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Make the most of your time in the city that never sleeps on a guided tour of NYC’s top attractions. Travel by both boat (seasonal) and bus as you swing by the 9/11 Memorial, Central Park, Rockefeller Center and more. Then hop aboard a luxury boat for a sightseeing cruise past the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, complete with stunning views of the world-famous skyline and Brooklyn Bridge.
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  • 6 hours
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Brooklyn Bridge, Chinatown, and Little Italy Walking TourHalf-day Tours

Brooklyn Bridge, Chinatown, and Little Italy Walking Tour

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The history of New York City is a history of immigration, and no part of the city better reflects this diverse past than Lower Manhattan. To better understand this essential piece of the city's history, travelers shouldn't miss this guided walking tour around Chinatown and Little Italy. As you wander, learn about immigration to New York, hear about brutal downtown gangs, and experience the shameful legacy of slavery at the African Burial Ground National Monument.
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  • 3 hours
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New York City at Night Bus TourHalf-day Tours

New York City at Night Bus Tour

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Experience New York, the ‘city that never sleeps,’ magically lit up after dark during this guided evening tour of the city by bus. Begin with a short nighttime stroll along the city’s famous High Line Park, then hop on a bus for a ride past illuminated landmarks like Times Square, Rockefeller Center, and the neighborhoods of SoHo and Chinatown, and take a short walk through Grand Central Terminal.
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  • 4 hours
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Private Guided Walking Tour of the Brooklyn Bridge and DUMBOPrivate Sightseeing Tours

Private Guided Walking Tour of the Brooklyn Bridge and DUMBO

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Uncover the industrial charm of Brooklyn's waterfront DUMBO neighborhood and the East River–spanning Brooklyn Bridge on a private guided walking tour. Learn the history of the bridge and hear the stories behind its 14-year construction as you make your way from Manhattan to Brooklyn, with plenty of opportunities for photos. Once in Brooklyn, tour DUMBO, an up-and-coming area dotted with indie shops and locally owned restaurants at the base of the bridge. End in Brooklyn Bridge Park, where you'll find a handful of brick-and-mortar restaurants with outdoor patios (weather permitting) and the occasional food truck or cart.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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New York City All Around Town Hop-on Hop-off TourBus Tours

New York City All Around Town Hop-on Hop-off Tour

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A hop-on hop-off New York bus tour allows you to see the city at your own pace and provides easy transportation to top sights. Entertaining tour guides keep you informed when you’re on board, and you can hop off and on the distinctive double-decker tour buses when you wish to check out attractions like the Empire State Building and Rockefeller Center. There are several options and combos to choose from with access to the Uptown Loop, Downtown Loop, Brooklyn Loop and Night Tour, or upgrade to add attractions to your tour!
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  • 2 to 3 hours
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Circle Line: Complete Manhattan Island CruiseDay Cruises

Circle Line: Complete Manhattan Island Cruise

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Some of the best views of New York City's iconic skyline are from the water. This extended cruise goes all the way around Manhattan Island, affording views of the Statue of Liberty, the Brooklyn Bridge, the Empire State Building, and more. While on-board, learn about the history of the island through live commentary or purchase drinks and snacks.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Big Bus New York Hop-On Hop-Off TourBus Tours

Big Bus New York Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

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See the highlights of New York City without the hassle of navigating traffic or public transportation by booking a Big Bus tour. The hop-on hop-off tour enables busy travelers to relax and enjoy the sights from the double-decker bus. Along the way, you can choose the attractions that interest you most rather than being caught up on a group tour. Plus, an onboard guide points out sights you might otherwise miss.
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  • 1 to 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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  • 1 to 2 hours
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New York City Harbor Lights CruiseDay Cruises

New York City Harbor Lights Cruise

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Experience the lights of New York City at sunset on this twilight cruise along the Hudson River and into New York Harbor. Book your ticket in advance online to spare any fuss on the night, and set sail to enjoy the illuminated landmarks while learning about the city from a guide’s informative commentary. A great way to end a day of sightseeing or kick off a night on the town.
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A Slice of Brooklyn Pizza TourHalf-day Tours

A Slice of Brooklyn Pizza Tour

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Brooklyn is packed with pizzerias, but knowing where to go for a quality slice can be a challenge. On this sightseeing and pizza bus tour from Manhattan, explore one of New York City's trendiest boroughs from end-to-end, seeing Dumbo, Sunset Park, Bay Ridge, and Coney Island. Along the way, stop at two of Brooklyn's best pizzerias to sink your teeth into Neapolitan- and Sicilian-style slices.
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Full-Day New York Full-day Tours

Full-Day New York "Must See" Small-Group Tour + One World Observatory Ticket

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Take in all the highlights of New York City on this comprehensive, one-of-a-kind tour. Explore the Big Apple like a New Yorker, as you walk, ride the subway and take the Staten Island ferry. Visit Times Square, the Broadway Theater District, Grand Central Terminal, the Brooklyn Bridge, the Statue of Liberty, and much more. Entrance to the One World Observatory is also included.
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  • 7 hours
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New York City Skyline CruiseDay Cruises

New York City Skyline Cruise

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Swap New York City’s streets for the water on this sightseeing cruise. Enjoy unobstructed panoramas of Manhattan’s skyline, including One World Trade Center; and get up-close to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island as a guide shares stories about the sights. By prebooking, you’ll avoid the risk of missing out and the hassle of last-minute ticket-buying. If you wish, upgrade to add visits to various attractions.
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Private New York Walking Tour with a Personal PhotographerPrivate and Luxury

Private New York Walking Tour with a Personal Photographer

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Group tours of New York City can sometimes pass sights too fast, or not even stop at attractions you’re most interested in. This private New York City tour with a professional photographer lets you customize the tour stops to suit your interests. Select from any number of popular locations, like Times Square and the Theatre District, Central Park, Midtown Manhattan, and the Brooklyn Bridge.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Manhattan Architecture Yacht CruiseDay Cruises

Manhattan Architecture Yacht Cruise

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Avoid the mobs of people sightseeing on land, and opt for this Manhattan architecture yacht cruise instead. From the teak deck of the boat, learn about New York City's architectural landmarks as you circumnavigate the island and listen to the 'Around Manhattan' narration provided by members of the American Institute of Architects (AIA). One beer or glass of wine is provided, as well as snacks and soda.
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  • 2 hours 45 minutes
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New York City Landmarks Circle Line CruiseDay Cruises

New York City Landmarks Circle Line Cruise

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New York City’s landmarks are iconic masterpieces. See the city’s best sights on this relaxing sightseeing cruise. Get an incredible perspective of the Manhattan skyline, plus close-ups of the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, the Brooklyn Bridge and more.
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NYC Lower East Side Food and Culture Small-Group TourHalf-day Tours

NYC Lower East Side Food and Culture Small-Group Tour

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From stroopwafel to mozzarella to knishes; there are many amazing eats on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. On this small-group walking tour, discover the neighborhood's diverse cultural heritage and learn how its immigration history has influenced its dynamic foodie scene. Along the way, visit markets, bakeries, and restaurants, and sample delicacies from all around the world.
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  • 3 hours
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NYC's Statue of Liberty, Empire State Building Tour From NJHelicopter Tours

NYC's Statue of Liberty, Empire State Building Tour From NJ

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See New York City from the sky during a scenic helicopter flight that lasts up to 15 minutes. Enjoy incredible photo ops of Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Staten Island, and listen to live commentary from your pilot as you fly past landmarks such as the Statue of Liberty, One World Trade Center, and the Brooklyn Bridge. Select the optional upgrade to include transfers by private SUV from a central location in Midtown Manhattan.
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  • 15 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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NYC Statue of Liberty CruiseDay Cruises

NYC Statue of Liberty Cruise

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See New York City from the water with a sightseeing cruise from a bustling East River Pier. Navigate the New York Harbor for stunning views of the Statue of Liberty, watch for the iconic shape of the World Financial Center, and capture unforgettable images of the city skyline. See Ellis Island and the Brooklyn Bridge, then watch the Big Apple’s shoreline unfurl as you take it in from the deck of a comfortable sightseeing vessel.
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Private Brooklyn Walking Tour with Personal Photographer: Brooklyn Bridge, DUMBO and Brooklyn HeightsPrivate and Luxury

Private Brooklyn Walking Tour with Personal Photographer: Brooklyn Bridge, DUMBO and Brooklyn Heights

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Strike a pose as you explore New York City with your private photographer-guide on this exclusive walking tour. Enjoy an informal photo shoot of your party as you start in SoHo and take the subway to the Brooklyn Bridge and then stroll around DUMBO and Brooklyn Heights for great photo ops. Includes a zip file with your photos delivered by email within 48 hours—an unforgettable souvenir of your visit.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Brooklyn Bridge and Lower Manhattan Highlights Walking TourPrivate and Luxury

Brooklyn Bridge and Lower Manhattan Highlights Walking Tour

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The Brooklyn Bridge is one of Manhattan’s most recognizable structures, but discovering it and neighboring Lower Manhattan independently may mean only scratching the surface of the sights. With this walking tour, explore Lower Manhattan and the bridge with a guide for a fully rounded, informed experience. Absorb the panoramas from its walkway, discover downtown historical sights, and hear tales of the bridge and the area you'd likely miss otherwise.
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  • Free Cancellation
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Brooklyn Bridge Bicycle TourMountain Bike Tours

Brooklyn Bridge Bicycle Tour

Explore the length of the landmark Brooklyn Bridge with a private bike excursion, complete with New York City views that can't be beat. After picking up your bike and helmet, you can use pedal power to get up and over the bridge, with your guide there to lead the way. Along the way you can enjoy unparalleled views of the city skyline, and even lock up and snap a few photos if you want to take a break.
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Brooklyn Bridge Park Sightseeing Running TourHistorical Tours

Brooklyn Bridge Park Sightseeing Running Tour

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It can be hard to stay in shape while traveling, but on this small-group running tour of the Brooklyn Bridge and beyond you can combine sightseeing with a brisk workout. Set off with your running guide in the cool hours of the morning and maintain a conversational pace as you run along the Brooklyn Bridge, and through DUMBO and Brooklyn Heights—with sightseeing stops along the way.
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Dyker Heights Brooklyn Christmas Lights TourChristmas

Dyker Heights Brooklyn Christmas Lights Tour

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Christmas in New York City is a magical time, and some of the best festive spots in the Big Apple are Dyker Heights and Bay Ridge in Brooklyn. With this tour, head to the neighborhoods where Christmas decorations are taken to a whole new level to see the most dazzling displays; on the way back, you can enjoy views of the lit-up Manhattan skyline.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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Frequently Asked Questions

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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What are Brooklyn Bridge hours of operation?
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Brooklyn Bridge hours of operation: 24 hours a day. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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