Brooklyn Bridge for Kids. Updated 2018.
Walking across the Brooklyn Bridge is one of New York City’s must-do experiences, but what about the Brooklyn Bridge for kids?
Should you do the Brooklyn Bridge walk with kids, or is it too much, or too boring?
- 1 The Brooklyn Bridge Walk from Brooklyn to Manhattan
- 2 1. How long does it take to walk the Brooklyn Bridge with kids?
- 3 2. Brooklyn Bridge Sightseeing – See all the Famous Buildings
- 4 3. Pick the best time to walk the Brooklyn Bridge with Kids
- 5 4. What to wear on the Brooklyn Bridge Pedestrian Walkway?
- 6 5. Brooklyn Bridge Activities – Check out the Historic and Iconic New York Sights along the way
- 7 6. Bring your own Love Lock to Brooklyn Bridge New York!
- 8 7. Brooklyn Bridge Park has Tonnes of Stuff for Kids and Families to do! (Don’t miss it!)
- 9 The Inside Scoop – Brooklyn Bridge for Kids from the Brooklyn Side
- 10 Brooklyn Bridge Map – Main Pedestrian Walkway Entrance
- 11 SHORTCUT to Brooklyn Bridge For Kids.
- 12 More Brooklyn Bridge Information
- 13 Toadstool Rating – Walk over Brooklyn Bridge for Kids
- 14 Looking for MORE Super Fun Things to Do in NEW YORK CITY with Kids?
The Brooklyn Bridge Walk from Brooklyn to Manhattan
Here are 7 reasons why we think you should do the Brooklyn Bridge Walk on a family vacation to New York City with kids.
1. How long does it take to walk the Brooklyn Bridge with kids?
How long is a piece of string? But here’s a general guide.
The Brooklyn Bridge Walk takes less than an hour tops!
It’s a shortish hike, with plenty to see and do, and although you’ll be joining an estimated 28,000-odd people – tourists and locals- if you walk on a weekend, it’s still possible to bump into people you’ve met before!
On our Brooklyn Bridge walk, we crossed paths with a couple we’d swapped photographer duties with the previous day at Madame Tussauds!
Can you imagine the look of surprise when we locked eyes on one another, and then laughed out loud! My brain was in overdrive: ‘NOOOOO wayyyyyyy! This can’t be happening. How in the world????’
The world is way smaller than we think, and when you are tapped into your intuition, there are serious magic forces at play all the time.
You never know if you’ll have a magic moment on the Brooklyn Bridge walk too!
Failing that, there’s plenty of characters to see. It’s New York after all, so along with the regular joes, there’s always someone intriguing with a story to show and tell.
2. Brooklyn Bridge Sightseeing – See all the Famous Buildings
Wander from Brooklyn to Manhattan for the best views of New York City.
Make it a game to spot these famous NYC buildings
- Empire State Building
- Chrysler Building
- One World Trade building
- The divine Statue of Liberty
Our tip: As you wander, there will be times you want to stop and gaze. Pick those spots carefully to avoid being run down by local cyclists. Try looking from the Main Archways – there’s more room here, as the path widens.
3. Pick the best time to walk the Brooklyn Bridge with Kids
Go early-ish in the morning after the peak workday rush hour finishes if you want to avoid the trample. The Brooklyn Bridge for kids is best around 10am to lunchtime.
We walked at sunset, having spent the earlier part of a cold frosty day pretending to be Brooklyn locals, wandering through Prospect Park through local neighbourhoods to the Brooklyn Children’s Museum. (We were kidding ourselves. While we walked and froze our toes, the locals went by car!)
We caught the A train back to High Street, Brooklyn Bridge station, and began our walk from there. Stroller in tow.
Sunset was magnificent. The views were incredible. It was a tick on the Bucket List. And mama was a happy lady!
PS: Yes, it’s safe to walk the Brooklyn Bridge at night to around 9 or 10pm, as there are lots of people and tourists about. Keep your wits about you.
4. What to wear on the Brooklyn Bridge Pedestrian Walkway?
It was COLD up on the bridge in March (very cold!) with icy winds buffeting us as we crossed, but on the bright side, you can see this as a chance to pop on a beanie, a scarf, and a warm jacket.
Jack was snuggled up in the pram with an extra blanket, content to be pushed along while he took the chance to nibble a snack.
There is something refreshing though, about being out and about in the fresh air when you are land-locked in a city. All three of us found this day of walking explorations to be just the thing we needed after days of museum visits, art galleries, city diner meals, and indoor events.
The slow-and-steady walk back home across the Brooklyn Bridge was an epic ending to a fun-filled day of surprises around every corner.
5. Brooklyn Bridge Activities – Check out the Historic and Iconic New York Sights along the way
The Brooklyn Bridge walk has plenty of things to see, and New York history to discover.
The best information we’ve come across for insights into this history when you are walking Brooklyn Bridge by foot can be found here. Be sure to read this post before you cross, so you know what to look out for, as we did.
6. Bring your own Love Lock to Brooklyn Bridge New York!
There’s a collection of love locks near the Manhattan Tower of the bridge. While love locks are mostly locked on to the bridge as a ceremony of sorts by lovers who want to demonstrate their commitment to each other, anyone can leave a lock. We plan to leave a lock on our next walk over Brooklyn Bridge as a commitment to returning to our beloved New York City again, and again.
Like elsewhere in the world (Paris, London) with love lock-filled bridges, the love lock collections here do disappear from time to time, thanks to the powers that be taking umbrage with these mementos. But it doesn’t stop them reappearing after a time!
Love rules. It always does.
7. Brooklyn Bridge Park has Tonnes of Stuff for Kids and Families to do! (Don’t miss it!)
Below the Brooklyn Bridge, on the Brooklyn side of the East River, the Brooklyn Bridge Park has fun stuff for kids and families.
You could spend a day walking from Pier 6 back around to Pier 1 (on the left hand side of the bridge), then under the bridge around to the Empire Fulton Ferry Park, to Jane’s Carousel, and the Mainstreet Park playground too.
If you are looking for things to do in Brooklyn with kids, or things to do near Brooklyn Bridge in particular, make this your first stop. It’s SO good, and there’s so much to do, we wrote a separate story about it. Read it here.
The Inside Scoop – Brooklyn Bridge for Kids from the Brooklyn Side
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Address: The Brooklyn Bridge GPS is Brooklyn Bridge, New York, NY 10038, USA
Opening Hours: Brooklyn Bridge Walk is free and open to visitors 365 days a year.
Brooklyn Bridge cost: Free entry
Parking: Limited metered parking is available on Furman Street near Pier 2.
How to get to Brooklyn Bridge entrance on the Brooklyn side:
- The official Brooklyn Bridge Pedestrian Walkway begins at Tillary Street and Adams Street. This is also the main entry to the bicycle lane too.
- The entrance is smack bang in the middle of an intersection, making it a hazardous entry with kids! There’s an alternative short cut which is safer (see ‘Shortcut’ below)
- If you do decide to start here, take the subway to Borough Hall Station, (2,3 or the 4,5 train) or the N or R train to Court Street Station. Then walk a few minutes.
Brooklyn Bridge Map – Main Pedestrian Walkway Entrance
SHORTCUT to Brooklyn Bridge For Kids.
Find Pedestrian Walkway entrance via the shortcut at Cadman Plaza Park
- We reached the bridge via a shortcut entrance to the Brooklyn Bridge walkway from the park opposite the High Street Station.
- To go the same way as we did, catch the A or C train to High Street station, and take the High Street exit to the east.
- As you exit the station, you’ll see a green park across the road (Cadman Plaza Park)
- Cross the street to enter the park, then follow the curved concrete pathway around to the left. There’s a steady stream of people walking it in both directions. You can’t go wrong.
- Keep walking until you reach the underpass. Look to the left to find a set of stairs on Washington Street that lead up to the bridge.
- Stick to your left to join the walking lane.
- Always look out for cyclists on the bridge. They are in a hurry, and can be impatient with tourists, especially ones that get in their way.
- This is our preferred way to do the Brooklyn Bridge for kids.
More Brooklyn Bridge Information
Nearest takeaway coffee and food options: Bluestone Lane at 55 Prospect St, Brooklyn. Some food and drink options at Brooklyn Bridge Park also.
Toilets: Closest toilets are in Cadman Plaza Park, which is located next to the Brooklyn Bridge. The toilets/restrooms are next to the War Memorial. The bathrooms are open all year round. You can also find rest rooms on the Brooklyn side at Brooklyn Bridge Park at the end of Old Fulton Street, or on Pier 1 or 2.
Disability access: Yes. Although, only stair access on the shortcut.
Closest playground: Brooklyn Bridge Park
Shade: No. Bring hats on sunny days.
Enclosed: Yes, but keep children close.
Ground cover: Timber slats on bridge.
Scooters and Bikes: Yes. BYO.
Dogs: On leash only.
Brooklyn Bridge for Kids was last reviewed in June 2018.
Toadstool Rating – Walk over Brooklyn Bridge for Kids
If you have kids in tow, combine a trip across the Brooklyn Bridge walkway with a visit to the Brooklyn Bridge Park. So much to do, so little time!
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