This tour is seasonal and operates from March 17th to November 19th.
Bike the Brooklyn Bridge Tour
New York, New York, USA
- Brooklyn Bridge: Experience a New York rite of passage as you pass under the elegant stone arches of this iconic 1883 marvel of engineering.
- Williamsburg Bridge: Bikers get the best views from their own separate lanes when crossing this less-traveled span, with its chunky Eiffel-like towers.
- On the waterfronts: Take in Lower Manhattan from Brooklyn Heights, then head west to the Hudson for great views of Freedom Tower and the Statue of Liberty.
- Top-notch gear: Our bikes are well-maintained, built for comfortable riding, and available in a range of sizes, with safety gear and locks provided.
About this New York tour
Touring New York by bike is not only great exercise, it's great fun. The pace is just right, so you can catch a lot of scenery in a few hours. And scenery is this tour's strong suit.
The show-stealer is the Brooklyn Bridge – which totally deserves its place in the pantheon of epic human endeavors. This magnificent structure took two generations of architects to build. John Augustus Roebling designed it, but died from an injury sustained during prelim site surveys. His son Washington took over, but was himself incapacitated early on from decompression sickness contracted in the underwater caissons. For the next 11 years, he viewed progress from an apartment near the site, relying on his wife Emily to help supervise the mega-project. They got it done, and the bridge opened in 1883. Today, it's as impressive as ever.
The rest of this tour's itinerary is just as impressive: the Williamsburg Bridge, with its jaw-dropping views from a dedicated bike lane. The ramble through tree-shaded Brooklyn Heights, with its pre-Civil War brownstones and spectacular skyline. And the hop over to the Hudson River Park Bikeway at Battery Park, for awesome views of Wall Street, One World Trade Center, and the Statue of Liberty.
If you're not a regular cyclist, don't let that stop you. This trip is led by a local guide experienced at leading mixed groups at a comfortable speed. No riders left behind!
Caution: Elephant Crossing
Six days after President Chester A. Arthur attended the bridge's opening ceremonies in 1883, rumors of an imminent collapse caused a stampede that killed at least 12 people. To help convince the public that the span was safe, famous circus frontman and self-promoter P.T. Barnum had his elephant, Jumbo, lead a procession of 21 elephants across. The bridge held strong. So did his circus's business that season.
Please make your way to Battery Park, State & Water Streets, New York City, NY 10004
Tours available daily from March 17 through November 19. Departure is at 2:00 pm. (Please arrive at least 15 minutes early). Tours do not operate on July 4 and November 5.
This tour is not wheelchair accessible. This is a high-activity tour and is only recommended if you are fit, and accustomed to exertion.
Bike Tour, Cultural, Scenic
Tour Participation Requirements
This experience is rated strenuous. Travelers must consider their physical fitness level and medical history when determining whether this tour is appropriate. Travelers with pre-existing neck, back, knee and/or shoulder injuries, cardiac conditions, asthma, diabetes, epilepsy, other heart or respiratory conditions or any other medical condition must take particular caution when selecting a tour categorized as "strenuous". If you have concerns, you must consult with your personal physician before engaging in any activity that may be too strenuous for you.
Suitable for travelers 12 years of age and older. Children under the age of 18 must have a parent or legal guardian sign a Liability form for them.
Special Medical Restriction
This tour is only suited to travelers in very good physical condition. It is not recommended to you if you suffer from seizures, have heart, back, neck, respiratory, or shoulder problems, recently had surgery, or are pregnant.
Full refunds issued for cancellations made 7 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 7-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.
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