Brooklyn Bridge and Heights

A tour across the Brooklyn Bridge and into the city’s first landmark district.

First we cross the Brooklyn Bridge and recount the dramatic story of how it was built. Then we stroll the tree-lined streets of the Heights exploring the rich architectural, social and literary history. Stops could include: Abolitionist Henry Ward Beecher’s Plymouth Church, many exquisite examples of 19th century architecture, and sites associated with Walt Whitman, Truman Capote, Arthur Miller as well as Emily, John & Washington Roebling. Tour concludes on the Promenade on Brooklyn Heights with a spectacular view of downtown Manhattan.

Prepayment Optional
Big Onion happily accepts walk up participants. However, many Big Onion customers prefer to pay in advance. Prepayment also helps us determine group size and appropriate guide numbers.

To preregister and pay for your tour, click the “Book Now” button. You will receive an e-mail confirmation and receipt once your order has been processed.

We regard a senior as 65+ years and a student anyone enrolled in full-time study. Please bring ID indicating senior status (i.e. age) and/or full-time active enrollment.

Refund Policy: Tour refunds (minus a $1 processing charge per person) are available by request up until 48 hours prior to the scheduled tour. Cancellations less than 48 hours prior to the tour or no shows will not be refunded. If Big Onion cancels a walk for any reason a full refund will be provided (please see our rain/inclement weather policy on the FAQ page for more information about tour cancellations).

Between mid-May and early September the Brooklyn Bridge & Heights tour is one of a variety of walks offered as public “twilight” tours. Summer public “twilight” tours are lead Thursday, Friday & Saturday evenings at 6 p.m. We rotate a variety of tours in these time slots. Please see our Schedule page for details for specific dates and times.

Customized option for private tours: Consider a walk across the Brooklyn Bridge and into DUMBO instead of Brooklyn Heights.

Brooklyn Bridge & Heights is not offered as a public “show up” tour in January & February as the Bridge walkway can be slippery and icy during the winter months.

Related Tours:

Historic Brooklyn Heights
DUMBO and Vinegar Hill
Seaport Historic District

Tour Highlights:



August 2, 10:00 am
August 5, 10:00 am
August 6, 6:00 pm
August 10, 11:00 am
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Meet: The southeast corner of Broadway & Chambers Street, at the edge of City Hall Park.

Subway Trains:

4/5/6 to Brooklyn Bridge, 1/2/3/9/A/C/E to Chambers Street, R/W to City Hall.
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Tours last approximately two hours. We generally present tours rain or shine.
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Adults: $20
Students/Seniors/BHS Members: $15

We do not require pre-payment for most public tours. Just show up and join us at the meeting site. Exceptions: Multi-Ethnic Eating Tour requires reservations; America’s Museum Tour requires reservations & advance payment.

Group Tours

All tours are available for private walks and group bookings.

Call (212) 439-1090 ext. 5 or Email us for more information.

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"For most of my life, I believed independent travel was the only route to the real unfiltered stuff. I eschewed group experiences like the plague, most of all, anything incorporating the word tour. My mistake. I’ve gained some of my best travel memories from being herded around with a bunch of strangers on a Big Onion Walking Tour."

Peter Jon Lindberg, Travel + Leisure's editor-at-large, January 2009.