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Manhattan Bridge Tours and Activities

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Manhattan Bridge
A distinctive feature of New York City's skyline, Manhattan Bridge spans the water that separates Manhattan and Brooklyn, and carries more than 450,000 commuters every day. When the Manhattan Bridge opened in 1909, it was celebrated as an engineering marvel. Today, visitors enjoy the bridge's architectural flourishes, cables, and towers.

The Basics
Approach the bridge from Chinatown on the Manhattan side to discover an arch and colonnade with city landmark status and then cross to the Brooklyn side to enjoy views of Downtown.

Spot the bridge on citywide sightseeing tours and cruises, which typically offer skyline views. Bus tours, motorcycle tours, and thematic neighborhood tours also tend to pass the bridge; if you book a private tour you can usually customize your itinerary. Boat tours typically pass under the Manhattan Bridge, with some offering dinner and drinks, while athletic visitors can take a tour that crosses the bridge and lets you work up a sweat.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Architecture fans enjoy the bridge's plaza—created by Carrère and Hastings—who designed the Public Library's celebrated main branch.
  • You can cycle over the bridge via the bikeway, which separates bikes from pedestrians. 
  • The bridge is wheelchair and stroller accessible. 

How to Get There
To cross the Manhattan Bridge from the Manhattan side, enter at the intersection of Canal and Bowery Streets. On the Brooklyn side, enter at Jay and Sands Streets. To get to the bridge, it's easiest to take the subway. On the Manhattan side, take the N, Q, R, or W trains to Canal Street or the F to East Broadway. On the Brooklyn side, take the F train to the York Street Station. 

When to Get There
Since the Brooklyn Bridge gets extremely crowded on weekends, the Manhattan Bridge is a great place to visit on Saturday or Sunday; you can avoid crowds altogether in the evening and during the week. Winter in New York can be cold and windy, so expect the bridge to be blustery. Take an evening walk across the bridge for stunning views of New York's skyline. 

Walking Across the Bridge to Chinatown
The Manhattan side of the bridge exits a few short blocks from Chinatown. As one of New York's historic immigrant neighborhoods, you'll find narrow streets, shops and markets, and some of New York's best Chinese food.Don’t miss Doyers Street, which has a mural painted on its asphalt and several great restaurants. 
Address: South Street and FDR Drive, New York City, New York, USA, USA
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22 Tours and Activities to Experience Manhattan Bridge

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Big Bus New York Hop-On Hop-Off Open Top Tour

Big Bus New York Hop-On Hop-Off Open Top 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.
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New York Premier Dinner Cruise

New York Premier Dinner Cruise

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Forget trying to snag a hard-to-get reservation at New York's hottest restaurants du jour. Instead, indulge in a delicious 3-course dinner during the cruise on an all-glass boat around New York City that offers you an up-close look at the Statue of Liberty and other famed sites. As a live pianist plays relaxing music for you, take in the immense view of one of the world's great cities and enjoy a delicious pre-set dinner by the on-board executive chef. Upgrade to enjoy a romantic or first class VIP experience including a private table and French sparkling wine.
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  • 3 hours
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New York Helicopter Flight: Grand Island

New York Helicopter Flight: Grand Island

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Get an aerial view of New York City on this comprehensive helicopter ride. The sightseeing flight reveals all the top landmarks—from Central Park and Times Square to the Empire State Building and Brooklyn Bridge. This enables you to see more in minutes than you could in a day of exploring on foot, making the tour ideal for first-time visitors who want to get acquainted with the city.
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  • 30 minutes
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Manhattan and Brooklyn Bridge Bike Rental

Manhattan and Brooklyn Bridge Bike Rental

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Avoid the confines of a group tour and explore Manhattan and Brooklyn at your own pace with this customizable bike rental. Traveling by bike lets you fit in more attractions than you could on foot and enjoy highlights such as skyline views from the Brooklyn Bridge. Plus, a variety of rental options lets you plan a trip that suits your schedule and interests.
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  • 4 hours
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Circle Line: NYC Liberty Cruise

Circle Line: NYC Liberty Cruise

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See the highlights of New York City from the water on this sightseeing cruise along the Hudson River. Ideal for first-time visitors who want to see as much as possible and avoid waiting in traffic, this cruise offers views of the Manhattan skyline, One World Trade Center, and the Empire State Building, plus close-ups of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island.
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New York Premier Lunch Cruise

New York Premier Lunch Cruise

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Forget trying to snag a reservation at New York's hot restaurant du jour. Don't wait in line at a popular eatery, either. Instead, indulge in a delicious lunch during this 2-hour cruise on an all-glass boat around New York City that offers you an up-close look at the Statue of Liberty. As a live pianist plays relaxing music for you, take in the immense view of one of the world's great cities and enjoy a delicious pre-set lunch by the on-board executive chef.
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  • 2 hours
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Brooklyn Bridge Waterfront Guided Bike Tour

Brooklyn Bridge Waterfront Guided Bike Tour

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COVID-19: Still providing tours, but only private, only your group. Masks and other precautions observed. We'll see Brooklyn Bridge, Brooklyn Heights, Brooklyn Bridge Park and the DUMBO warehouse district. After a quick tour of City Hall area, we roll over the Brooklyn Bridge with stops for the perfect photo ops of the gorgeous Wall Street skyline. While there, I'll share historical insights into the twin icons of New York City's East River: the Manhattan and Brooklyn Bridges. We'll continue on to the charming brownstone streets of Brooklyn. After a stop at the beautiful Promenade, we'll zip through NYC's newest, most innovative and beautiful 85-acre waterfront playground, the Brooklyn Bridge Park (just opened in 2010). There will be stops and photo ops galore in the shabby-chic shipping and warehouse districts of DUMBO, Vinegar Hill and the Brooklyn Navy Yard. You’ll get a peek into the history of Brooklyn’s shipping industry that once thrived on these docks and cobblestone streets.
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Deluxe Private SUV Tour: Best of NYC

Deluxe Private SUV Tour: Best of NYC

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Skip the hassle of getting around in New York City with a local guide and a private SUV. This tour of Lower Manhattan shows you the best of the borough, including historic Greenwich Village, SoHo, TriBeCa, Chinatown, and Little Italy, among other neighborhoods and sites. Learn about the history of each place and hop out to take photos as often as you like. Upgrade to a half-day tour to explore Upper and Mid-Manhattan too.
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  • 3 hours
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A Slice of Brooklyn Pizza Tour

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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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
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New York City Shore Excursion: Post-Cruise Half-Day Private Tour

New York City Shore Excursion: Post-Cruise Half-Day Private Tour

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Tour Manhattan with your own private guide once your cruise docks at its New York City port. Your native New Yorker guide can fill you in on local history while leading you to top sights and attractions. Discover neighborhoods like Chinatown and SoHo and drive across the Brooklyn Bridge for stunning Manhattan views. Once your excursion is through, your driver will drop you at your hotel or area airport of choice.
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  • 5 hours
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NOW OPEN: Cruise around Statue of Liberty & Manhattan Skyline Pier 36

NOW OPEN: Cruise around Statue of Liberty & Manhattan Skyline Pier 36

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Even travelers with limited time can enjoy some of the best views in NYC with this quick Big Apple sightseeing cruise. Meet up at Pier 36 to set sail in the East River, where you can expect standout skyline views from the ship's deck. Relax and enjoy views of top area sights—like the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges—and make your way to see the iconic Statue of Liberty.
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Brooklyn, Queens, and the Bronx Contrast Tour in Spanish or English

Brooklyn, Queens, and the Bronx Contrast Tour in Spanish or English

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New York City has many sides. So many that most visitors and even some locals don’t see them all. This guided tour takes you to some hidden enclaves in the Big Apple: visiting Brooklyn, the Bronx, and Queens. Stop in multicultural neighborhoods to learn about local culture, sample the food, and see landmarks from famous films.
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NYC Statue of Liberty Cruise

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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NOW OPEN Statue of Liberty Sunset Sightseeing Cruise & New York City Sky Line

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NOW OPEN Statue of Liberty Sunset Sightseeing Cruise & New York City Sky Line

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Enjoy some of the most spectacular views of the Manhattan skyline, New York Harbor, and Statue of Liberty when you book this sunset cruise. Make your own way to Pier 36, hop aboard your vessel, and take to the water just as the sun starts to set. During your excursion, you’ll glide past Lady Liberty, Ellis Island, and the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges—and will enjoy marvelous views of the skyline as the lights start to come on.
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NOW OPEN: Statue of Liberty Sightseeing Cruise 60 Min

NOW OPEN: Statue of Liberty Sightseeing Cruise 60 Min

Enjoy a 60 minute sightseeing cruise departing from the Brooklyn Bridge. See the NYC famous skyline. We will sail right next to the Statue of Liberty and you will have incredible opportunities to take selfies and group phones with the Statue of Liberty and the NYC Skyline. You will see the new incredible change to the skyline with the all new observatory, The Edge, located at the famous Hudson Yards. Upgrade you activity to include the tickets to The Edge.
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Private NYC Highlights by Chauffeured Escalade

Private NYC Highlights by Chauffeured Escalade

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Make the most of your time in New York on a private tour of the city’s highlights. Your personal guide and separate chauffeur ensure easy access to locations on the day’s itinerary, which is customized to fit your needs and interests. You’ll see more of the city than you ever could by foot, cab, or public transit, and leave with an insider’s perspective on its most iconic neighborhoods.
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  • 6 hours
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Ultimate New York City Self-Guided Combo Tour

Ultimate New York City Self-Guided Combo Tour

Welcome to New York. We will take you through the heart of the city where you will hear stories about its iconic buildings & how the city became the center of power and wealth after it was traded from the Dutch in the 1600s. You’ll find six GPS tours in one app - Midtown Manhattan, Central Park, Brooklyn, Battery Park, Wall Street & Grand Central Terminal. This self-guided audio tour allows you to explore New York’s historic wonders with maximum flexibility and value. Within 30 min, we'll send you two things: a unique password and an app. Download the app onto your phone and enter the password. When you arrive, drive to the first stop. Once there, launch the app and simply follow the instructions! Stick to our recommended route and speed limit for the best experience. No expiration — the tour is available from the minute you book until forever! This tour does not include entrance to attractions along the route. Check pandemic rules and opening hours before your visit.
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The Weekender City Running Tour Package

The Weekender City Running Tour Package

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Join City Running Tours on two days of guided running tours throughout New York City's most well known landmarks. Day 1 will take you on an 4 mile adventure through the world's most well know green space, Central Park. It's hard to imagine that everything you see while running through park was put there by design, but that's exactly what you'll experience on this running tour. The lower portion of the park features the most ambitious landscape architecture ever implemented in the United States and magically escorts the viewer out of the city and into a peaceful park surrounding. Day 2 brings you on a 4 mile tour over the most iconic landmark in all of New York, the Brooklyn Bridge. At any time of day the bridge provides great views of Manhattan and Brooklyn and offers a look back at the origins of modern day New York City, when Manhattan and Brooklyn were still separate cities. Run with us and check off your bucket list as these will be two days that you will always remember!
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$80.00
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Chinatown Photo Safari

Chinatown Photo Safari

Chinatown Photo Safari -- There's nothing like the color and the vibrance that is Chinatown. Get lost in the world of Asia without needing a passport or packing your bags. On this street photography workshop you'll have the opportunity to photograph the colorful shop displays to gritty graffiti and tenement buildings reminiscent of the NYC immigrant experience. Get a chance to try your hand at some street photography with fish mongers, fruit hawkers and street musicians. (limit 4 participants per safari)
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New York City Around Manhattan Island Holiday Escape Cruise

New York City Around Manhattan Island Holiday Escape Cruise

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Book this cruise for a 2.75-hour getaway around Manhattan. Sit back on a luxurious yacht and enjoy views of Manhattan from your own private table onboard. A great way to start your weekend mornings! The 1920s-style boat has a large glassed-in salon with wrap around windows, as well as an open bow for more unobstructed views as you cruise. Get into the holiday spirit onboard and enjoy a boat decorated for the season. Great photo opportunities all along the way. Festive holiday drinks available for purchase! Bring a snack or buy one onboard. This is a great cruise for locals looking to escape the city for a couple hours.
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New York City Private Night Tour with Driver-Guide

New York City Private Night Tour with Driver-Guide

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Experience New York City after dark on a tour with a private driver-guide. Meet your driver in Manhattan then head across the Hudson River for unforgettable nighttime views of the city skyline. Continue to the iconic Brooklyn Bridge, cruise vibrant neighborhoods and bustling streets, and stop to photograph the city’s most famous buildings. Enjoy New York City’s evening sights in a comfortable 2015 minivan that accommodates up to six passengers. 
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Brooklyn, Queens, and the Bronx Private Tour with a Driver-Guide

Brooklyn, Queens, and the Bronx Private Tour with a Driver-Guide

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See the parts of New York City most travelers miss with this private tour to Brooklyn, Queens, and the Bronx. With your personal guide, you can explore historic neighborhoods and vibrant communities in a comfortable minivan that accommodates up to six passengers. Visit the cultural hub of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, stop to see the Manhattan skyline from Dumbo, and head to the Bronx to visit Yankee Stadium, Little Italy, and more. With private transportation and hotel pickup included, this tour might be the best way for a local's view of NYC.
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