Brooklyn Bridge Park

Explore the sweeping vistas, rich ecology, expansive piers, and vibrant programming of this special waterfront park.

See other favorite spots in Brooklyn as well as Manhattan, Queens, the Bronx & the country and suburbs beyond NYC plus guides to museums or outdoor adventures.

IN THE PARK

Brooklyn Bridge Park Playgrounds

This expansive park has great attractions and a gorgeous only-in-NYC view. Explore refurbished piers, most of which host playgrounds (our favorites are at Pier 6 including giant Slide Mountain, Sandbox Village, Swing Valley and the splashy Water Lab). Play in the sand and admire tide pools at Pier 4 Beach (no swimming/wading).

Find a variety of yummy concessions throughout the park and restrooms at Piers 2,5 & 6. 

 Black Atlantic 

Explore art inspired by the diaspora across the ocean that connects Africa with the Americas and Europe, displayed on the shores of a former shipping port. Over the centuries, these transatlantic networks have led to complex hybrid cultures and identities like those of the five artists featured in Black Atlantic. Each commission suggests a unique…

Little Artists Curated By Justin Teodoro

See selected works from Children’s Museum of the Arts Permanent Collection of artworks created by children, curated by artist, illustrator, and designer Justin Teodoro in the Gallery at Ace Hotel Brooklyn. Includes an intimate selection of artworks that aspires to encourage the public to rediscover their love and joy in making art without judgment.

Pier 2 Roller Rink

Skate on a world-class roller and inline skating rink with a waterfront view and a top 40 soundtrack. Skate rental available ($7). Wrist Guards Required for all skaters; rentals are provided free of charge.

Advanced ticket sales are no longer required/offered. All tickets can be purchased upon entry at the admissions windows. Sessions are 3 hours each.

Jane’s Carousel

Ride exquisitely carved horses (and two chariots) on this charming carousel with a view, created in 1922 in Ohio and recently restored and relocated to the edge of the East River. The carousel is covered, but the line to enter is entirely outdoors.

Brooklyn Bidge Park Kayaking

Glide along the East River on kayaks from the volunteer-run Brooklyn Bridge Park Boathouse (Pier 4 Beach). All levels welcome. Advanced registration required.

Kids under 14 must ride in a double kayak with an adult except on Sundays from 12 pm to 2:30 pm when kids age 7 or older can paddle alone (as long…

Open Hours at Environmental Education Center

Get to know Brooklyn Bridge Park with monthly educational themes, a 250 gallon aquarium filled with critters from the East River, a 10’ scale model of Brooklyn Bridge Park, crafts, a reading corner, and much more.

Drop-in hours three afternoons a week offer the opportunity for self-led investigation with guidance by expert educators to…

Youth Basketball Clinics

Join Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy for 2-hr basketball clinics led by KING Hoops, NYC’s premier youth basketball organization. Learn basketball basics as head coaches lead participants through drills and games.

Recommended for ages 7-17. Children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult.

Every Tuesday through August 30.

Advanced online registration and waivers required, although…

The Puppet Cycle: Small World Stories

Artist-created puppets bring to life two original short plays and a musical number. Jen Silverman’s Frown Town looks at the upside of feeling down, and Dipika Guha’s Elephantasia features a pachyderm who dreams of flight.

Performed on a solar powered movable stage—a specially adapted cargo bike—that will tour selected locations in Manhattan and Brooklyn. From…

Live at the Archway

The Archway under the Manhattan Bridge in DUMBO comes alive with music, dance and art from diverse local artists. Groove to a range of genres and create collaborative art pieces with DUMBO-based artists. Themes change weekly.

Dine al fresco with the many excellent take-out food options.

Movies With A View

Watch classic films on a big screen backed by a gorgeous harbor view. Kid-friendly options include Jurassic Park (August 4) and The Mitchells vs. the Machines (August 18).

Lawn doors open at 6pm and the movie begins at sundown (around 8:30pm). Smorgasburg, featuring a selection of NYC’s favorite food vendors, provides tasty treats and drinks…

Alamo Drafthouse Kids Camp Brooklyn

See favorite family movies on the big screen at a cool theater with comfy seats and an extensive concessions menu (that can be ordered from your seats). Selections change each week and include both Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs and Goosebumps.

Public Stargazing

Join Amateur Astronomers Association of New York as they set up high-powered telescopes to observe the moon, stars, and distant planets from the Pier 1 promenade in Brooklyn Bridge Park.

Gaze across the New York sky and all the wonders it holds at this fun, family-friendly stargazing session that is free and open to the…

The Six Foot Platform

Brooklyn-based artists present experimental art and performance on a 6×6 foot platform on photogenic Washington Street. The interactive residencies span artistic disciplines including music, dance, sculpture, performance art, puppetry, painting, poetry and more. Upcoming events include a multimedia photographic installation and durational dance/performative activation and a mix of visual art with live painting and poetry.

Waterfront Dance Socials

Expert instructors and local dance legends teach  dance styles that have important roots here in NYC.

On July 23, Talia Castro-Pozo hosts a Salsa lesson and dance social. Learn the basic shines (solo steps) and some fancy turning patterns, which will get you prepped for the open session. Feel free to come with or without a…

Art in Dumbo’s First Thursday Art Walk

On the first Thursday of every month, DUMBO’s galleries stay open late for a night of art, openings, artist talks, and live performance. Enjoy incredible views of the East River and the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges while walking from one gallery to the next.

Find more art (and playgrounds) in Brooklyn Bridge Park.

Seining in Brooklyn Bridge Park

Discover the amazing biodiversity of the Hudson River Estuary with Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy’s Environmental Education staff and marine biologists. Use a seine net to catch and release incredible creatures that live below the water’s surface.

See our complete guide to Brooklyn Bridge Park.

EAT

DeKalb Market Hall

This bustling basement food hall houses 40 diverse food vendors, including old-school & new-school NYC names. Feast on artisanal arepas, noodles, baos, donuts, french pastries, susgi, tacos, sushi, churros, crepes, frites, humus, ice cream and more.

Hours vary by vendor.

Time Out Market New York

Sample some of the best NYC food: fluffy pancakes from the venerable Clinton Street Baking Co., thin-crust pizza from Patsy Grimaldi’s Juliana’s, Middle Eastern bites from Miss Ada, fried chicken from Jacob’s Pickles, Japanese comfort food from Bessou, cookie dough scoops from DŌ and more amazing eateries—all cherry-picked by Time Out New York. 21,000 delicious…

Jacques Torres Chocolate

Rich hot cocoas come in classic or spicy ‘Wicked’ and pair well with the large buttery chocolate chip cookies at the original Dumbo location of  Jacques Torres (aka Mr. Chocolate), French chef turned celebrity New Yorker and Reality TV star (‘Nailed It’).

Try truffles, adorable bonbons, chocolate bark, giftable chocolate-covered cheerios and pomegranate seeds, ice…