This is a 3-hour tour that begins with a walk over the Brooklyn Bridge, an icon of New York City for over 125 years, with spectacular views of Manhattan and Brooklyn.
The tour then moves on to a stroll of Brooklyn Heights, America’s and New York City’s first suburb. The tour then explores the neighborhood DUMBO before ending at the Fulton Ferry landing.
The tour begins at the fountain inside City Hall Park in Manhattan. It’s a full mile (1.6 km) across the bridge.
But, we will be making plenty of stops to talk about the history and design of the bridge and to have the opportunity to capture scenic photographs of Manhattan, Brooklyn, and New York Harbor.
Check out our self-guided Brooklyn Bridge walk (also available as a GPS-led audio tour) to get a better idea of what you will experience.
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The bridge lets out in on or Brooklyn’s finest residential neighborhoods, filled with interesting people and architecture.
Nicknamed America’s first suburb, Brooklyn Heights will certainly amaze.
Learn about George Washington’s doomed stand against British marines and walk past the homes of Truman Capote, Arthur Miller, and Norman Mailer.
Last but not least, we will visit the promenade for arguably the best views of Manhattan and New York harbor.
From the promenade, we will walk down to the ferry landing area and explore a small part of DUMBO (Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass).
Once a manufacturing and industrial district, economic change sapped the area of its economic strength, leaving large and vacant factory lofts as attractive destinations for artists starving for large and affordable living space.
The neighborhood's unique urban landscape is partially the result of being below two bridges, an interesting sight to see.
Learn more about this neighborhood with our self-guided tour of DUMBO (also available as a GPS-led audio tour).
This tour finishes near the Fulton Ferry Landing in DUMBO, where you could take the East River Ferry to Lower Manhattan.
Reservations: REQUIRED. Click here to reserve. Groups of 5 or more traveling together should visit our groups' page.
Duration: Approximately 3 hours. Tour distance is approximately 2.5 miles (4 km).
- You will not have time to do this 3 hour morning tour and an afternoon tour at 1pm.
- You will have very limited time to do this 3 hour morning tour and an afternoon tour at 2 pm - it will require no sit-down lunch and immediate travel from one tour to the other.
- This tour route uses stairs. Please notify your guide if you cannot use stairs so the guide can plan a reroute to accommodate your needs.
- This tour covers Brooklyn Heights so you do not need to book that tour as well!
Start point: Tour begins from the fountain in the center of City Hall Park (map).
Endpoint: Tour ends near the Fulton Ferry Landing in Brooklyn.
When: @9:30am Daily and @10am as needed. Additional tours @10am will be added as needed. View Our Full Calendar.
Cost: This tour is free to take, and you get to decide what, if anything, the tour was worth when it's done. A name-your-own-price tour is a tour for anyone's budget.
Languages: Public tour is in English or Spanish only (see our Spanish tour page for calendar). Private tours for individual groups are also available in both languages upon request.
Save even more money with a tourist discount pass as well as with our tips on bus, boat and food tours. We also have a free app where you could download several GPS audio versions of our tours.
Additional planning information: You will NOT have time to do this 3 hour morning tour and an afternoon tour at 1 pm. You will have very limited time to take this 3 hour morning tour and an afternoon tour at 2 pm.
It will require no sit-down lunch and immediate travel from one tour to the other.
Tours go out rain, snow or shine. Dress appropriately for the weather.
GPS-LED AUDIO TOUR
Take this tour in our GPS-led audio tour app. It's actually 3 separate tours. Listen to the samples.
Sample of our Brooklyn Bridge Tour
Sample of our Brooklyn Heights Tour
Sample of our DUMBO Tour.
You'll need to download our free audio tour app. Downloads are only $1.99. Some tours are free.
Here is how it works:
- Book a tour on our booking page above.
- Receive a confirmation email with all the details.
- Enjoy the tour(s).
- Central Park
- Lower Manhattan
- 9/11 Memorial and World Trade Center
- The Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island
- Greenwich Village
- Food Tour of Greenwich Village
- The Brooklyn Bridge (in English, Spanish, and German)
- Brooklyn Heights
- The High Line
- Midtown Manhattan
- Grand Central Terminal
Available Without Audio (full text):
- Times Square
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