Who doesn’t go to New York and not want to walk over the famous Brooklyn Bridge? For us, it was up there at the top of our ‘must do in New York‘ list! Here are some Wikipedia facts for you ‘The Brooklyn Bridge is a hybrid cable-stayed/suspension bridge in New York City. It connects the boroughs of Manhattan and Brooklyn, spanning the East River. The Brooklyn Bridge has a main span of 1,595.5 feet, and a height of 276.5 ft above mean high water’.
We stumbled upon the walk across Brooklyn Bridge from the Manhatten side as we explored City Hall which is where the subway bought us out. Think this was halfway during our 2-week stay so by this we had mastered how to use the Subway to get around NYC. Download a metro subway app before your trip, and you will also have it mastered you the time you leave.
I think I must have stopped every minute during our walk across the bridge to take a photo, with each minute walked, the view changed of New York and the bridge in front of us. There was just so much to see and thankfully having picked a late February trip to NYC we weren’t battling as many tourists as what we most probably would have in the warmer months.
Our plans when we reached the Brooklyn end were to have a go on Jane’s Carousel, a historic 1920’s carousel which had been restored and bought back to life for kids and big kids to enjoy. Sadly it was closed the day that we went which teaches us for not checking opening times beforehand. It was still something worth looking at, and we would have maybe taken a walk down there if we hadn’t already decided to head back across the bridge to Manhattan to explore something else.
I would say time wise it took us around one hour, but this is because we had small children and a snap happy mother who wanted to take a photo of everything! We stopped around the halfway mark to take in more of what was around us, some of which I shared via a live video over on Twitter which you can see right here. It was slightly more chilly up on the bridge so do wrap up warm if like us you went during a colder season, we would also recommend wearing sensible footwear but then you’ve probably already nailed this if you plan on walking around New York as much as what we did.