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

LeFrak Center Ice Skating

Skate in a half-covered/half-open rink in Prospect Park. * Timed tickets for 90-minute sessions are available to purchase up to one week in advance, with limited tickets set aside for on-site purchase. * Olympic figure-skating athletes Melissa Gregory and Denis Petukhov direct the Sports Programs for Lakeside’s growing Skate School which offers learn-to-Skate and Learn-to-Play-Hockey…

NATURE

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 pandas, dingos, procupines and a host of beautiful birds. Visit unique small cats, sea lions and Chinese-big headed turtles.

Food and shopping are open. Advance online ticket purchase and masks for ages 2+ required.

Also visit the nearby Prospect Park Carousel.

CULTURE

Emily Oliveira Mural

Monumentally scaled mural ‘We Are At a Moment That Will Be Remembered as the Beginning of the Great Change, For Who Can Say When a Wall Is Ready To Come Down’ appears as if emerging from the inner rings of the Prospect Park Bandshell amidst a swirling, hand painted cosmos. Within it, every being — humans, insects, and goddesses alike — vibrates with color and detail, as they witness or join in the joyful dismantling of a brick wall. The work is inspired by the scale and narrative qualities of WPA mural projects and by Mexican muralism, especially José Clemente Orozco’s Prometheus, depicting the mythological figure who stole fire from the gods and gave it to humanity.

Presented by BRIC and Prospect Park Alliance in partnership with NYC Parks.

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.

* Admire a vast array of over two hundred haute couture garments in Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams in an immersive installations with an enchanted garden, toile room, and a gallery celebrating dresses worn by stars from Grace Kelly to Jennifer Lawrence.

* 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.

* Closed Mondays & Tuesdays.

* Dine at The Norm restaurant, inspired by the diversity of Brooklyn and exhibitions on view, or pick up snacks and beverages from vending machines and a pink BkM Food Truck serving burgers, grilled cheese, salads, tater tots, and more out front (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 11:30 am to 5:30 pm). Or visit nearby cool cafe Lincoln Station.

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

Salsa Party at Brooklyn Museum

Celebrate the art of salsa with a monthly series featuring social dancing and performances with Balmir Latin Dance Studio. Start the evening with a class led by professional dancers at 6 pm, then dance the night away with live music and enjoy performances by Brooklyn’s best Latin dance teams.

Free, but online registration required.

See our guide to Brooklyn Museum.

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