Walking across the magnificent Brooklyn Bridge has become a favorite tourist activity in New York City. Day or night, whether you walk, drive or bike across, the views of the bridge and from the bridge are spectacular!
Soaring over the East River between Manhattan and Brooklyn, the Brooklyn Bridge is among New York’s most famous landmarks. Over 130 years old and still one of the City's great beauties, it made a big, bold statement right from the start. In 1884 PT Barnum led a parade of 21 elephants back and forth across the bridge to prove its sturdiness.
Walking tours such as Inside Out Tours and Walking Tours Manhattan tell more about the bridge’s fascinating history. To explore on your own, take the bus or MTA subway to the Brooklyn Bridge-City Hall stop. The bridge walkway entrance is nearby. And don’t forget to stop along the way and take a picture of the Manhattan skyline!
The bridge’s wooden walkway, elevated over the traffic, leads to a convenient staircase to Brooklyn’s trendy DUMBO neighborhood—known for boutique shopping, art galleries and music venues like Bargemusic, a floating concert hall right under the Brooklyn Bridge. Nearby you can get a slice of classic New York Pizza at the famous Grimaldi’s Brooklyn Bridge Pizzeria.
With stunning harbor views, Brooklyn Bridge Park has 85 acres of lush landscapes, playing fields and bike paths. Set magically beside the East River, the beautifully restored 1922 Jane’s Carousel twirls year-round—delighting children of all ages!