PROSPECT PARK

By the same designers as Central Park but much larger and less crowded, Prospect Park provides scenic beauty for relaxation, recreation and culture. Explore a gracious meadow, an immense lake, a lush native forest and tons of attractions for all ages. Printable maps availble at the informative Prospect Park Alliance website.

Also see our guide to Brooklyn Bridge Park and the rest of Brooklyn.

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PLAY

J.J. Byrne Playground & Old Stone House

Enjoy lots of modern climbing equipment juxtaposed with colonial themes inspired by the adjacent Old Stone House, site of the 1776 Battle of Brooklyn. Explore a submarine periscope and interactive panels depicting the historic battle among natural stone and rustic pavement, then attack your enemies with water cannons. A gated toddler area features bucket swings,…

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.

LeFrak Center Roller Skating

Head to the LeFrak Center at Lakeside in Prospect Park for roller skating daily in an outdoor, covered rink and the Dreamland Roller Disco every Friday night.

Light fare and drinks available at rinkside Bluestone Cafe, plus a variety of bike & boat rentals.

LeFrak Center Boating, Biking & Splash Pad

Ride single or double kayak and pedal boat to explore 55 acres of waterfront in Prospect Park ($16-$36/hour). Lightweight, synthetic clothing & water bottles suggested.

Choose from an array of bike rentals from traditional two wheels and kids trailers to a four-wheeled, 6-person double surrey ($13-$38/hour).

Half-day, full-day and season pass rentals also available.

NATURE

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 for visiting with kids. The one-acre friendly Discovery Garden features an elevated boardwalk, an “insect hotel,” hosting leaf-cutter bees, praying mantises, and termites and tall native grasses and flowers that attract butterflies, hummingbirds, and bees.

* Join weekly interactive programs for all ages.

* Closed Mondays (except some holidays).

🍽 Enjoy casual entreés at the seasonal outdoor eatery Yellow Magnolia Canteen or sandwiches, snacks, and drinks at the Coffee Bar at the Visitor Center, with socially distanced outdoor seating for either option.

🌳 Near Brooklyn Museum and happening Prospect Park.

First Discoveries at Brooklyn Botanic Garden

Explorers up to 5 years old (and their caregivers) can pot up a plant, create a craft, read a story, and use senses to explore nature at special Discovery Garden activity stations designed for toddlers. Activities rotate weekly.

Drop-in. Free with Garden admission.

All programs are outdoors and canceled in inclement weather. Check the website for updates.

See our guide to Brooklyn Botanic Garden & Prospect Park.

Discovery Carts

Experiment, learn, and play together in the Discovery Garden. Hands-on stations throughout the garden’s meadow, woodland, and marsh habitats and in the vegetable, garden encourage families to explore nature together.

Drop-in. Free with Garden admission.

All programs are outdoors and canceled in inclement weather. Check the website for updates.

See our guide to Brooklyn Botanic Garden & Prospect Park.

Family Discovery Days at Brooklyn Botanic Garden

Experiment, learn, and play at hands-on activity stations throughout the Discovery Garden that encourage families to explore science and nature together. Pot up a plant or create a nature craft to take home alongside volunteer Discovery Docents.

Drop-in program for families with children of all ages. Free with Garden admission.

All programs are outdoors and canceled in inclement weather. Check the website for updates.

See our guide to Brooklyn Botanic Garden & Prospect Park.

CULTURE

J.J. Byrne Playground & Old Stone House

Enjoy lots of modern climbing equipment juxtaposed with colonial themes inspired by the adjacent Old Stone House, site of the 1776 Battle of Brooklyn. Explore a submarine periscope and interactive panels depicting the historic battle among natural stone and rustic pavement, then attack your enemies with water cannons.

A gated toddler area features bucket swings, farm animal cutouts, and a tot size climbing structure. The park also hosts a multipurpose synthetic turf field, a skate park, two new basketball courts, eight handball courts, and a dog run.

See a beautiful, interactive exhibit about the largest battle of the American Revolutionary War and what it was like to live in Brooklyn from 1776 – 1783 as well as contemporary exhibits featuring work by emerging artists at the historic Old Stone House (open by appointment Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays from Noon-3 pm). Discover gardens vibrant with native and useful plants and shop at Farmers’ Market (Sunday 10 am – 4 pm year round). Any day, get quality fresh frozen yogurt combined with artisanal toppings as well as hot chocolate, coffee and baked goods from nearby Culture NY.

Brooklyn Museum

This encyclopedic, community focused museum on the edge of Prospect Park hosts a huge, diverse permanent collection categorized by culture, as well as thoughtful visiting exhibitions from all over the world.

* Explore African Art, Indigenous Americas Art, American Art, Ancient Egyptian Art, Decorative Arts and much more in spacious galleries over five floors of a gorgeous Beaux-Arts building.

* Admire the multidisciplinary work of a visionary artist and designer  in Virgil Abloh: “Figures of Speech‘ including collaborations with artist Takashi Murakami, musician Kanye West, and architect Rem Koolhaas, among others; material from his fashion label Off-White; and items from Louis Vuitton, where he served as the first Black menswear artistic director. Separate timed ticket required (additional $9/adults, $6/students & seniors, $10/ages 4-12).

🍽 Stop by the Café for pre-packaged locally sourced sandwiches, salads, snacks, and beverages or dine at The Norm restaurant, inspired by the diversity of Brooklyn and exhibitions on view. Get burgers, salads and more at nearby cool cafe Lincoln Station.

🌳 Next door, find the Brooklyn Botanic Garden and the many attractions of Prospect Park.

Wednesday, Thursday & Sunday 11 am–6 pm
Friday-Saturday 11 am–8 pm
Closed Mondays & Tuesdays

 

New York Caribbean Carnival Parade

This annual NYC Labor Day extravaganza featuring costumes, bands, masqueraders, food, floats, and much more celebrating colorful Caribbean culture. The Junior Carnival Parade on Saturday is slightly more low-key. Route begins at Schenectady Avenue along Eastern Parkway with a grand finale at Brooklyn Museum.

EAT

Lincoln Station

Choose from sandwiches, soups, and salads, rotisserie chicken, mac and cheese, lasagne and more tasty food plus beer, wine, house-made pastries and La Colombe coffee. Counter service with lots of seating in a cozy spot with exposed brick and cool art. Across the street from the Brooklyn Museum.

Ample Hills Creamery

The first of many Ample Hill scoop shop serves over twenty flavors, make ice cream cakes (call to order) and hosts private parties in the morning (where you get the entire scoop shop to yourself). All ice cream is made in Brooklyn, from scratch and by hand; mix-ins are all baked in house.
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