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.

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,…

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.

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…

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

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.

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.

The Steadfast Tin Soldier with Nutcracker Sweets

See classic Christmas tales – The Steadfast Tin Soldier by Hans Christian Andersen’ and Tchaikovsky’s ‘Land of Sweets’ dances- adapted for hand-painted marionettes
Masks required.

Call or email in advance for reservations.

Also at 2:30 pm.

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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