BROOKLYN FAMILY FAVES

From destination playgrounds to cool public art, this hip borough has fun for the whole family.  See the map view for planning.

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BY PROSPECT PARK

Prospect Park Carousel

53 magnificent horses ride alongside a lion, a giraffe, a deer and two dragon-pulled chariots in a charming carousel built in 1912. One of the only wheelchair accessible carousels in the nation. Snacks available at the Pony Express Snack Bar. In the park’s Children’s Corner near the Prospect Park Zoo.

Prospect Park, My Oasis in Brooklyn & Juneteenth Way

On the construction fencing at Lefferts Historic House, which is under restoration, see “Prospect Park, My Oasis in Brooklyn,” a site-specific installation of works by photographer Jamel Shabazz, who for the past 41 years has documented the people and places that truly make the park Brooklyn’s Backyard. Presented by Prospect Park Alliance in partnership with…

Zucker Natural Exploration Area

Strategically placed branches and stumps of trees damaged by storms and other materials from within Prospect Park invite engagement nature and unstructured play in this magical playground. several areas to explore including sand for digging and water features for pumping and splashing.

Brooklyn Botanic Garden

Explore a 52-acre urban botanic garden with a variety of plants and habitats.

*  Don’t miss the lovely Japanese Garden’s pond, home to turtles, carp, ducks and its small Shinto shrine guarded by two stone fox statues (and gorgeous cherry blossoms in the spring).

* Download a kids field journal and see tips…

Smorgasburg In Prospect Park

Nosh at the largest weekly open-air food market in America featuring 35 local vendors—including Parantha Alley and Vaquero Elotes—and a full bar. . At what the New York Times calls “The Woodstock of Eating,” try Amazeballs meatballs by NFL player Derrell Smith, egg sandwiches based on Japanese tamagoyaki, Fluffies’ thick soufflé pancakes. Portuguese sandwiches, Afghan…

Pop-Up Magazine: The Sidewalk Issue

Explore a collection of new stories — in film, sound, writing, art, and more — placed around Fort Greene. Pick up a map at the BAM Fisher lobby, or use the digital map to explore epic graphic novels, a sensory journey through the life of a jellyfish and more across storefronts, newsracks and vending machines.

Prospect Park Zoo

This former menagerie is designed to allow up-close animal viewing, perfect for families with young children who want to learn about wildlife.

Explore a Discovery Trail and encounter 400 animals of 150 species including red panda, dingo, and a host of beautiful birds. Visit unique small cats, sea lions and Chinese-big headed turtles.

Food and…

Brooklyn Museum

A hipper version of the Met features a huge, diverse permanent collection categorized by culture, as well as thoughtful visiting exhibitions from all over the world.

* Separate timed tickets ($9) required for for KAWS: WHAT PARTY, featuring the famous Brooklyn-based artist who modifies popular characters like Elmo and Mickey Mouse to create inventive…

Brooklyn Children’s Museum

Inspired by Brooklyn’s energy and diversity, this beloved children’s museum (the first in the world when in opened in 1899) creates experiences that ignite curiosity, celebrate identity and cultivate joyful learning.

In 90-minute Play Sessions, explore BCM’s signature exhibits including World Brooklyn, Neighborhood Nature, Totally Tots, Collections Central and The (outdoor) Nest. Space is limited…

Celebrate Caribbean-American Heritage in Prospect Park

Enjoy Caribbean music, dance, food, wellness and much more during a cultural celebration for Brooklynites of all ages. All participating artists and practitioners are based in Little Caribbean NYC, and hail from Haiti, Trinidad, Panama and Puerto Rico. Also, enjoy a guide to the neighborhood of Little Caribbean from Shelley Worrell, founder of caribBEING.…

Outdoor Yoga on the Stoop

Enjoy socially distant yoga and meditation in front of Brooklyn Museum, open to all levels and led by local instructors. Open your hips and your heart in a gentle flow class, followed by a guided meditation with plenty of time to rest.

Masks are required for all adults and children over the age of…

DUMBO/DOWNTOWN

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…

Brooklyn Bridge Park

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). Roller skate

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. Some horses will be unavailable due to social distancing.

See our guide…

Ruth Bader Ginsburg Bronze Statue

Make a free reservation for a 20-minute slot to view a new bronze statue of late U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg bronze statue be unveiled at City Point by GillieandMarcArt.

Pollination Scavenger Hunt

Celebrate National Pollinators week with a Pier 6 pollinators scavenger hunt. Search for animals that help pollinate plants in the park and some of the flowers currently in bloom.

Sop by a prize table at Pier 6 and share your completed hunt with the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy.

See our guide to Brooklyn Bridge Park

WILLIAMSBURG

Domino Park

This large waterfront park has cool design and amazing bridge and Manhattan views.

* Frolic in waterfront fountains, near remaining elements of the former Domino Sugar Factory. In the evening, the fountains are illuminated in pretty colors.

* The playground, designed by the artist Mark Reigelman, has fun features like spinning valve wheels cast from…

Smorgasburg Williamsburg

Nosh at the largest weekly open-air food market in America featuring over 35 local vendors. At what the New York Times calls “The Woodstock of Eating,” try unique treats like fried cookie dough balls, Honduran baleadas, baklava beignets, butter tarts, Japanese fried chicken, lobster truffle fries and so much more yumminess.

WESTERN BROOKLYN

Green-Wood

This historic cemetery (founded in 1838) is a lovely place to wander, with 478 spectacular acres of hills, valleys, glacial ponds and paths, plus gorgeous views of the Manhattan skyline and extraordinary 19th- and 20th-century statuary and mausoleums.

* Honor famous permanent residents such as Leonard Bernstein, Boss Tweed, Charles Ebbets, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Louis Comfort…

Industry City

The public art & high design at this innovative hub has cool art and photo-ops throughout.

* Find tons of great international food options & with lots of outdoor seating including a fire pit by Sahadi’s and the lovely lantern covered courtyard of Japan Village. Try Korean comfort food, avocado everything, BBQ, pizza,…

Luna Park

Visit Coney Island’s iconic seaside amusement park, home of the historic Cyclone and Thunderbolt roller coasters, dozens of family-friendly and thrill rides, dining, shops and more.

Admission is now by timed-entry, unlimited-ride 2-hour wristbands

The park is limited capacity with social distancing on rides and in eating areas.

Afterwards play on the beach across the…