Walking the Brooklyn Bridge with Kids: My Top 5 Tips

Walking the Brooklyn Bridge with Kids: My Top 5 Tips

The Brooklyn Bridge is an iconic sight in New York, but is it suitable for little legs? Read all about our experience of, and our tips for, walking the Brooklyn Bridge with kids. 

During our recent visit to New York City, I managed to tick off one of my bucket list experiences; walking over the Brooklyn Bridge! And what’s more, I did it with three little people in tow too.

Walking the Brooklyn Bridge with Kids

At 1.3 miles long, and very popular and busy, it’s not the easiest walk to do with younger kids. But we conquered it; and what’s more we all had a fab time! The kids are now so proud to say they have walked it, and I am super pleased too. Here are my top five tips for a successful walk across the bridge.

Enjoy the build up to the walk

We started our walk from the Brooklyn side, heading towards Manhattan, and as we were already in Greenpoint in Brooklyn that morning we jumped on the East River Ferry down to the stop at Dumbo. The ferry took us under the bridge, excitement building that we would soon be up there! It was also an absolute pleasure to see the boys faces when they spotted the Statue of Liberty for the first time as we raced down the East River.

Walking the Brooklyn Bridge with Kids

Walking the Brooklyn Bridge with Kids

Walking the Brooklyn Bridge with Kids

Before heading up on to the bridge, we let the kids have some time to play in the playground. This is also great as a reward if you’re walking the bridge from Manhattan to Brooklyn.

Walking the Brooklyn Bridge with Kids

Grab refreshments

It was a very hot day on the day we walked, so we found a fresh lemonade stand and grabbed a nice cold drink to start our walk with. I was so grateful that we did as there was little shade and it was hot work, the lemonade was just perfect to cool us down.

Walking the Brooklyn Bridge with Kids

On the Manhattan side of the bridge there were some street vendors selling cold bottles of water, but nothing on the bridge so it’s a good idea be prepared.

If you’re walking during colder months, then I imagine it would be lovely to have a nice warm take out coffee or hot chocolate to warm you up along the way!

Stay away from the bike lane!

The walkway over the bridge keeps you safely away from the busy road beneath, but it’s a shared walkway between pedestrians and cycles. I noticed quite quickly that cyclists weren’t slowly trundling along, taking in the views like us; there were some seriously fast cyclists flying across the bridge taking no prisoners! They will not slow down and will shout at you to move, so make sure you stick to your lane and keep little ones from straying over the white line too.

Walking the Brooklyn Bridge with Kids

Take your time, enjoy the views

Walking from Brooklyn to Manhattan, as we did, affords you some amazing views of the city. You can spot all the big ones – Empire State, the Chrysler, One World Trade and even the Statue of Liberty across the water. The walkways get busy, and you find yourself getting bustled along at some points. But take advantage of some of the places to stop, mainly under the main archways. Here the pathway widens, you can see down over the busy road below and there are interesting plaques to look at and spots to catch a little bit of shade whilst taking in the views.

Walking the Brooklyn Bridge with Kids

Treat yourselves – you did it!

The kids especially need a treat to congratulate them for navigating through such a hectic walk. After a sit down and water break in the gardens of City Hall, we all had a fruit ice-lollies which went down a treat!

Walking the Brooklyn Bridge with Kids

Have you ever walked the Brooklyn Bridge with Kids? Have you got any good tips too?

 

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27 Comments

  1. August 21, 2017 / 10:39 pm

    Wow this looks such an amazing thing to do. I have loved to watch your adventures this summer, and your trip definitely made us want to go back. It looked so hot there! Lovely photos too x

    • daislikethese
      Author
      August 25, 2017 / 7:17 pm

      It was definitely hot, and I always find it a different kind of heat in a city! Thanks for following. x

  2. August 21, 2017 / 11:49 pm

    What a fantastic experience! Great photos, the weather looked amazing! We walked the bridge in 2015 in the middle of a blizzard. It was freezing! No kids in tow though as it was our honeymoon. This post has really made me want to go back! X

    • daislikethese
      Author
      August 25, 2017 / 7:18 pm

      I did comment that I probably would hate to walk it in the cold – it is very exposed. Thanks for reading. x

  3. pigeonpairandme
    August 23, 2017 / 2:44 pm

    I like the tip about having a play in the park at the beginning or end of the park. Something that would probably work well in lots of situations! What amazing views.

    • daislikethese
      Author
      August 25, 2017 / 7:19 pm

      The views really were so amazing, and worked well at keeping the kids interested – as well as the playground and promise of ice lollies!

  4. August 23, 2017 / 3:49 pm

    What lovely ways to keep the kids motivated. Great tips for when we take the kiddos to NYC one day

    • daislikethese
      Author
      August 25, 2017 / 7:20 pm

      I find that I always need to have something up my sleeve to keep them motivated!! Thanks for reading. x

  5. bavariansojourn
    August 23, 2017 / 8:29 pm

    I have visited a few times, but only ever walked over the Bridge once. That was in 1997 or something ridiculous! I need to go back soon with the children. We went with them on Halloween one year, but it was too cold to venture out to walk over Brooklyn Bridge and now I really want to! Such a beautiful view. Love your pictures.

    • daislikethese
      Author
      August 25, 2017 / 7:21 pm

      Thanks – it certainly was a pleasure to photograph! Yes, I don’t think I could walk it in the cold, it is too exposed. Thanks for reading. x

  6. August 28, 2017 / 5:44 pm

    Oh this brings back lovely memories. We stayed in Brooklyn when I went to NY but it was pre-kids so have never done the walk with children. Some great tips and I’ll definitely remember the one about the cycle lane, eek! Thanks for linking up to #familytraveltips
    Nat.x

    • daislikethese
      Author
      August 31, 2017 / 1:25 pm

      Thanks so much for having me! I have to admit I would love to visit without kids too.

  7. August 30, 2017 / 2:18 am

    Looks amazing! Such great views be photos! This is on my list of things to do. I need to get to New York first! Harry really wants to visit broadway! X

    • daislikethese
      Author
      August 31, 2017 / 1:25 pm

      Oh he would love it! We walked past the SOR theatre and I thought of you!

  8. August 31, 2017 / 2:29 pm

    Well done team! What a fab experience for you all. We have never actually been to the Big Apple, but when we finally do, we’ll add this to our list 🙂 #FarawayFiles

  9. travelingchristie
    August 31, 2017 / 8:48 pm

    oh this looks amazing Daisy, we have driven over but not walked, we so want to go back to NYC and this is now on my list x

  10. Clare Thomson
    September 1, 2017 / 5:59 pm

    Walking the Brooklyn Bridge is something I’ve always wanted to do and these are such great tips for making it a fun activity with kids in tow. I just love the photos of your gorgeous kids on the boat and on the bridge. Thanks so much for sharing on #FarawayFiles

  11. September 2, 2017 / 9:30 am

    What stunning views and photos! Good tips about the bike lanes and taking refreshments with you! The boys did so well! Thanks for linking up to #familytraveltips

  12. September 6, 2017 / 4:45 pm

    I’ve never done this either, but I’m headed to NYC in October so can possibly check it off! Fabulous pics and great tips to take littles across. I’m sure they felt a great sense of accomplishment once done! Thanks for sharing with #FarawayFiles, we are happy to have you part of the community! Cheers from Copenhagen, Erin

  13. July 3, 2018 / 5:57 pm

    I never got around to crossing the bridge. Hopefully next time 🙂 #citytripping

    • daislikethese
      Author
      July 11, 2018 / 11:55 am

      A great excuse to head back to NYC!

  14. July 4, 2018 / 9:05 pm

    How great that you managed to complete the walk. We didn’t when we were there 2 years ago. It’s because I underestimated the walk leading up to the bridge (we also started on the Brooklyn side) in the heat with a 6 and a 4 year old in tow. But hey, we have a reason to return so I’m not complaining. I do remember dodging the (many) bikes on the bridge’s bike lane, just like you describe. Love your photos! #citytripping

    • daislikethese
      Author
      July 11, 2018 / 11:51 am

      Ah thanks for reading! You definitely need to go back, you have the perfect excuse now 😃

  15. Trish @ Mum's Gone To
    July 5, 2018 / 12:09 pm

    A great way to see all the sights from a different angle. Your children did really well – they derserved those ice lollies! #citytripping

    • daislikethese
      Author
      July 11, 2018 / 11:55 am

      Yes, it was really great to get snaps from a different perspective! Thanks for reading. x

  16. July 6, 2018 / 10:29 am

    Awesome photos Daisy!! What a great family activity to do and love the tip about the getting the ferry over. I think my husband and I only got half way along the bridge last time we went as it was so hot! At least if you start in Brooklyn, you have an incentive to get back if staying in Manhattan – as well as the ice lollies! Thanks for linking #citytripping

    • daislikethese
      Author
      July 11, 2018 / 11:50 am

      It is a killer when it’s hot – there is very little shade! I’ve also heard people mention it being really tough in the winter too as the cold wind is really unbearable. Thanks so much for reading. x

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