The Brooklyn Bridge at 140: Here Are 14 Ways to Enjoy the NYC Landmark

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The Brooklyn Bridge, an iconic symbol of New York City, celebrates its 140th anniversary in 2023. Since its completion in 1883, the bridge has been a testament to human ingenuity and a beacon of resilience, standing tall amidst the ever-evolving cityscape.

The Brooklyn Bridge is not just a means to cross the East River; it’s a destination in itself, offering breathtaking views of Manhattan and Brooklyn.

Here are 14 ways to enjoy this historic landmark:

Walk Across the Bridge

The pedestrian walkway offers a unique perspective of the city. Whether you’re walking from Brooklyn to Manhattan or vice versa, the views are spectacular.

Private Guided Walking Tour of the Brooklyn Bridge and DUMBO

$170.00  in stock
as of May 24, 2023 3:12 pm

Take Amazing Photographs

The bridge provides a perfect backdrop for photographers. Capture the gothic arches, the symmetrical cables, or the stunning skyline at sunset.

Brooklyn Bridge Photography Tour with NYC Skyline Views

$100.00  in stock
as of May 24, 2023 3:12 pm

Enjoy a Picnic in Brooklyn Bridge Park

This 85-acre park offers fantastic views of the bridge and Manhattan skyline. Pack a picnic and enjoy a leisurely afternoon.

Take a Bike Ride

Rent a bike and ride across the bridge. The dedicated bike lane ensures a safe and enjoyable ride.

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

$45.00  in stock
as of May 24, 2023 3:12 pm

Join a Guided Tour

Learn about the bridge’s history, architecture, and the challenges faced during its construction on a guided tour.

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Visit the Brooklyn Bridge Museum

Located nearby, this museum offers a deep dive into the bridge’s history and its impact on New York City.

Practice Yoga

Join a yoga class in Brooklyn Bridge Park. The bridge view will add a serene backdrop to your practice.

Attend a Concert

The park often hosts concerts and other events. Check the schedule and enjoy a show with the bridge in the background.

Dine with a View

Several restaurants and cafes near the bridge offer fantastic views. Enjoy a meal while admiring this architectural marvel.

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Take a Night Stroll

The bridge is beautifully lit at night, offering a different but equally stunning perspective.

NYC Night Bus Tour, from Times Square to the Brooklyn Bridge

$57.00  in stock
as of May 24, 2023 3:12 pm

Go for a Run

The pedestrian walkway is a popular spot for runners. Enjoy a jog with a view.

Visit the Nearby Neighborhoods

Explore DUMBO and Brooklyn Heights, two historic neighborhoods with their own unique charm.

Brooklyn Bridge and Lower Manhattan Highlights Walking Tour

$26.13  in stock
as of May 24, 2023 3:12 pm

Take a Ferry Ride

For a different perspective, take a ferry ride on the East River. The view of the bridge from the water is truly unique.

NYC Sightseeing Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour, Ferry, or Night Tour

$35.00  in stock
as of May 24, 2023 3:12 pm

Stay Nearby

There are several hotels near the Brooklyn Bridge that offer easy access and great views.

For instance, the 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge is an eco-friendly hotel offering stunning views of the bridge. Another option is the New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge, a luxury hotel with top-notch amenities.

If you’re planning a trip to New York City, consider using Expedia to search for flights, hotels, and car rental packages.

Happy 140th anniversary, Brooklyn Bridge! Here’s to many more years of awe-inspiring views.


It's the 140th Birthday of the Brooklyn Bridge - The New York Times

May 24, 2023 - The New York Times

It's the 140th Birthday of the Brooklyn Bridge  The New York Times...

On this day in history, May 24, 1883, the Brooklyn Bridge opens amid great civic fanfare - Fox News

May 24, 2023 - Fox News

On this day in history, May 24, 1883, the Brooklyn Bridge opens amid great civic fanfare  Fox News...

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