Brooklyn Bridge and Heights Walking Tour

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

Our Brooklyn Bridge walking tour takes us across the landmark while we recount the dramatic story of how it was built and its significance in New York/Brooklyn and American history. 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 brownstone architecture, and sites associated with Walt Whitman, Truman Capote, Arthur Miller as well as Emily, John and Washington Roebling. The Brooklyn walking tour concludes on the Promenade on Brooklyn Heights with a spectacular view of downtown Manhattan and the Harbor.

Customized option for private tours: Consider a walk across the Brooklyn Bridge and into DUMBO instead of Brooklyn Heights. Please call us at (718) 499-3001 or email us for more information or to arrange.

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

Tour Info

Cost: $30
$20 Seniors and Full-Time Students

Health & Safety Guidelines
For our in-person walking tours, see our FAQs below for information regarding our Stay Well NYC Pledge.

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Tour Schedule
Saturday, August 311:00 am
Thursday, August 1511:00 am
Saturday, August 3111:00 am
Tour Reservations

Big Onion requires all walkers to reserve and pay in advance. Prepayment helps us determine group size and appropriate guide numbers.

NOTE: You will select your date in the next step.

Reserve Your Spot
Refund Policy

For bigger groups, consider a private walking or virtual tour!

Whether you are looking to integrate a tour into your academic curriculm or entertaining out-of-towners, a Big Onion walking tour is a great way to experience the city.

For more information, or to arrange, please call (718) 499-3001 or email

Meeting Location

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/A/C/E to Chambers Street, R/W to City Hall.

FAQs for In-Person Street Walks

Social Distancing
On in person tours, Big Onion will follow the current recommended outdoor social distancing protocols.

Contact Tracing
Big Onion will securely retain client contact information for one month, for contact tracing purposes, if necessary.

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Finding Your Guides
All guides carry an 8×11 sign that says “Big Onion Walking Tours”.

Time & Distance
All tours last approximately two hours. We start on time and walk between one and two miles at a moderate walking pace, stopping at various sites along the tour.

Rain/Inclement Weather
Big Onion generally presents tours rain or shine. In the event of inclement weather please check our home page for notifications or call our hotline [(888) 606-WALK (9255) ext. 1], to confirm our schedule.

Gratuities are always appreciated, but never expected.

Reschedule Policy
With 24+ hours prior to a walking tour, Big Onion offers a full credit for the value of the booking. Credits will be given as Gift Cards in dollar amounts. Gift Cards are good for two years and can be used on any Big Onion outing. Cancellations with less than 24 hours prior to the tour or no shows cannot be credited.

Walks are held rain or shine, but may be cancelled for severe weather or if museum is closed. In the event of a Big Onion cancellation or museum closure, full refunds or rescheduled tickets will be offered.

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