New York City offers many opportunities to get in a workout while seeing the city. Walking is a great way to burn some extra calories while experiencing cities in ways that tour buses just don’t do them justice. One of my favorites is walking the Brooklyn Bridge. It is about 1.1 miles each way, for a total of 2.2 miles.
Where To Start
Take the subway, bus, or any other means of transportation to the Manhattan entrance of the Brooklyn Bridge (Refer to google maps). From here, walk the 1.1 miles across the bridge into Brooklyn. Make sure you stop along the way for pictures of the Statue of Liberty!
When you’re ready to return, head back over to the bridge entrance to make your way back to the city and start your 1.1 mile walk back. Make sure to stop and capture the incredible views that the bridge provides while admiring the beauty of the bridge.
Why I Loved This Walk
I’ve been to New York a number of times but had never seen the city like I saw it on this hike. I could feel the vibration from all of the cars on the bridge. A group of activists paraded by us, chanting something in a language that I didn’t understand. I could feel the breeze over the river and the heartbeat of the city pulsing through my veins. I loved this hike because it was a completely unique experience.
What You Should Know
When you’re in Brooklyn, make sure you stop for a water break and grab some pizza from the original Grimaldi’s Pizza on Front Street. You can walk back around to the pier to see gorgeous view of Manhattan while your pizza is digesting.
One more thing to know, is… use the restroom before you get on the bridge. It’s not fun when you’re halfway across and have to go but can’t. You’ll want to take plenty of water to beat the heat during summer months, and more water means more restroom breaks!
Walking across the Brooklyn Bridge is a unique experience that I would recommend to anyone!