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How long does it take to walk across the Brooklyn Bridge?

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How long does it take to walk across the Brooklyn Bridge?

The Brooklyn Bridge is one of NYC's iconic tourist destinations and favorite scenic walks.

Photo by Ellen Freudenheim
Question: How long does it take to walk across the Brooklyn Bridge?
The Brooklyn Bridge isn't much more than a mile long, but how long does it take to cross it on foot?
Answer: People often ask how long it takes to walk across the Brooklyn Bridge . As with many simple questions, the answer to this one is, "Well, it depends." Here are some scenarios:

Scenario # 1. FASTEST: Allow 25-30 minutes.

So you are in a hurry, are walking to get somewhere, and you've done it before. In fact, maybe you cross the Brooklyn Bridge on the pedestrian walkway just about every day on the way to or from work. And you certainly know where and how to get on the pedestrian walkway to the Brooklyn Bridge!, the short answer is, if you're walking just to get from one side to the other, allow a half hour for a brisk walk.

Scenario #2. MEDIUM PACE: Allow 45 minutes.

You've done it before, and heck, the Brooklyn Bridge is nothing new. Still, it's not on your everyday route so you want to enjoy it. Or, you love the view, are taking a romantic walk with your honey, or just like to stroll slowly. Give yourself some time.

Scenario #3. RELAXED PACE: Allow 60 minutes.

This is your first, or third, or fifth time walking across the Brooklyn Bridge, and you're in no rush, want to take photos, and plan to savor the moment. Plus, with so many tourists on the Bridge, you're likely to stop and help some of them figure out where they are.

Scenario #4. WEEKENDS & HOLIDAY PACE: Allow 60 minutes.

There's often traffic —foot traffic and bike traffic, too — on nice weekend and holiday days. So leave some extra time to cross the Brooklyn Bridge if you happen to be walking it when everyone else is, too!

Scenario #5. WALKING-OUT-OF-TOWNERS PACE: Allow 60 minutes.

No question, you'll need time whether you're accompanying your mother-in-law from Ohio or your college roommate. Tourists like to gaze and discuss. They'll want to take take pictures on their digital cameras, and then retake them if they didn't turn out well. And, you'll want to explain things to them.

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