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

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

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

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

Also visit the nearby Prospect Park Carousel.

CULTURE

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.

* Through October 24, see Kehinde Wiley’s portrait of President Obama and Amy Sherald’s portrait of the former First Lady as part of a five-city tour (separate timed tickets required).

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 celebrates 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.

POGO in the Park

See work by local dance troupes including quirky 2nd Best Dance Company, Quaba Ernest, Dorchel Haqq, and POGO.

In Fort Green Park below the central monument.

BAMkids Family Day

Join Brooklyn Academy of Music for a day of performances, interactive workshops, and showcases of local talent and celebrate the resilience of community and the power of the arts. Featuring Lucy Kalantari & the Jazz Cats!, Feet of Rhythm Kids, Brooklyn United, and Brown Rice Family, the festivities are emceed by BAM teaching artists Kimani Fowlin and Farai Malianga.

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.

The Obama Portraits Tour

See the iconic official portraits of President Barack Obama and Mrs. Michelle Obama by Kehinde Wiley and Amy Sherald in person in a limited stop of a  five-city tour. Reserve timed tickets in advance; slots are selling out .

See our guide to the Brooklyn Museum.

 

Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams

Admire a vast array of over two hundred haute couture garments from the legendary house of Dior as well as photographs, archival videos, sketches, vintage perfume elements, accessories, and more.

Immersive installations include an enchanted garden in the central atrium of the Beaux-Arts Court, a toile room, and a  gallery celebrates dresses worn by stars…

BAMkids Family Day

Join Brooklyn Academy of Music for a day of performances, interactive workshops, and showcases of local talent and celebrate the resilience of community and the power of the arts. Featuring Lucy Kalantari & the Jazz Cats!, Feet of Rhythm Kids, Brooklyn United, and Brown Rice Family, the festivities are emceed by BAM teaching artists Kimani…

Brooklyn Children’s Book Fair

Meet favorite Brooklyn authors and illustrators through author readings, illustrator presentations, and book-related art-making opportunities with over thirty creators presenting storybooks, picture books, and graphic novels for book lovers from preschool through the middle grades.

Throughout the day, enjoy a chat with an author or illustrator, get a book signed, and have fun with chalk…

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…