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Prospect Park

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Prospect Park, Brooklyn, NY 11215, United States
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    "Celebrate Brooklyn every summer in the bandshell!"(8 Tips)
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    "See a Celebrate Brooklyn show at the Bandshell."(5 Tips)
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  • Markus T.

    One of the best parks I've ever been too. Offers trails for running, walking and exploring! Plenty of places to stop, relax, picnic, etc. Takes a completely different pace from the rest of the area!

    Markus Tarjamo · January 18
  • Andrea H.

    Beautiful ~600 acres that seems endless, designed by the same architects of Central Park (but known as their fave!). Full of gems like the boathouse, skating rink, lakes, & great bike/running routes.

    Andrea Hong · September 27, 2015
  • The Corcoran Group

    Go off leash & let your pup run free between 9pm-9am. Our suggestion on where to romp in this 585-acre park? Long Meadow where there's a small dog beach for cooling off during the warmer months.

    The Corcoran Group · June 4, 2013
  • Fodor's Travel

    Brooklyn residents love Prospect Park, and with good reason: green spaces, curved walkways, summer concerts, vivid foliage in autumn, and an all-season skating rink make it a year-round getaway. Read more

    Fodor's Travel · September 9, 2015

    Prospect Park is perfect for taking a jog & flopping out with a good book. And the fact that it's way less crowded than Central Park is a major bonus when we need a slice of green space to ourselves. Read more · April 24, 2012
  • New York Habitat

    One of the best parks in Brooklyn! Very huge park that houses the beautiful Botanical Garden! Great areas of selection to have a BBQ & there are many events occurring here throughout the summer!!

    New York Habitat · August 27, 2012
  • Party Earth

    “Load up on groceries for the week at Green Market on Saturdays and go home with freshly caught trout, raw milk cheddar, and organic veggies.” More at

    Party Earth · April 16, 2012
  • Green is Universal

    Brooklyn only has one natural forest left,right here in Prospect Park.See native flora & fauna, as well as one of the only fresh water lakes left in Brooklyn.Download Green Square for iPhone & Android

    Green is Universal · November 17, 2011
  • Lisa Marie "Phoenix" J.

    Prospect Park is the best unkept secret of Brooklyn! It is the equivalency of a small scale Central Park in the nearby locale of Brooklyn Museum, Botanical Garden, Central Library, & Grand Army Plaza.

    Lisa Marie "Phoenix" J. · January 16, 2011
  • G W.

    This is home to the Brooklynites and their refuge from everyday stress. It was also designed by Olmsted and Vaux in 1867 to be different than Central Park as the people's park to relax and recreate.

    G Wong · March 22, 2012
  • Time Out New York

    During warmer months, a picnic on the Long Meadow can’t be beat, but until then, grab a cup of hot cider at the Grand Army Plaza Greenmarket (Sat 8am–4pm) and explore the secluded nooks in this park. Read more

    Time Out New York · February 1, 2012
  • EchoDA

    Brooklyn's largest park is a very pleasent place for a green escapade. Designed by Frederick Law Olmsted - Central Park's designer - it hosts a Botanic Garden, a lake and various open areas.

    EchoDA · January 24, 2012
  • Kyle Dean R.

    best park in the city, hands down. not touristy, but you can get lost in the middle of it (in a good way). even better when celebrate brooklyn does their free shows in the summer.

    Kyle Dean Reinford · April 6, 2013
  • Sandra F.

    Vanderbilt playground has a fabulous enclosed area for toddlers with a climbing structure and water feature in the summer. Excellent big "spider web" for older kids and decent shade.

    Sandra Fransen · November 4, 2015
  • Time Out New York

    NYC’s best collective backyard boasts prime people-watching spots such as the Long Meadow and Nethermead The woodland expanse of the Ravine is a towering forest within bustling Brooklyn. Read more

    Time Out New York · October 31, 2011
  • Vaughn A.

    If you want to ride around the loop, do it before 7am when NYC inexplicably allows traffic on the southeast side of the park even as they block off B'way in manhattan for picnic tables 24/7

    Vaughn Allen · January 23, 2012
  • Clout M.

    How can I say anything bad about Prospect Park!?! I grew up in Park Slope and this was our neighborhood park. BBQs in the Summer are always good especially with the free concerts at the Bandshell.

    Clout Media · November 24, 2011
  • Compass

    Spend a day enjoying public amenities (from a year-round tennis center and summer concert amphitheater to a seasonal ice skating rink) at the sprawling, well-manicured green space.

    Compass · August 12, 2013
  • NYC Parks

    Places to Run: Take your pick! Take a 3.68-mile run around the entire park, or take in serene views of Prospect Park Lake with its 1.76-mile loop. Read more

    NYC Parks · October 28, 2013
  • Showtime Network

    One of the most beautiful parks in the city allows you to escape the mayhem, watch an outdoor concert or let your dog off leash in one of the most pet & queer friendly neighborhoods in NYC. - Whitney

    Showtime Network · June 4, 2010
  • Amy S.

    My favorite park in the city! Aside from Grand Ferry Park (more quaint and small). If you're looking for an alternative to CP with lots of picnic spots, go!

    Amy Shackelford · March 10, 2015
  • City of New York

    Bartel-Pritchard Square Greenmarket: Located on Prospect Park West at 15th Street, Brooklyn. inside the entrance of Prospect Park. Open Wednesdays, 5/1/13 - 11/27/13 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

    City of New York · April 10, 2013
  • Time Out New York

    Disembark at the 15th St–Prospect Park F or G stop for easy access to the public barbecues nearby; or just pack your blanket and some ready-to-eat snacks and make for the gently sloping pasture. Read more

    Time Out New York · July 11, 2013
  • Time Out New York

    Walk along the south shore of the lake in fall: the sugar maples are the first trees to change color, and everything is reflected in the water, doubling the spectacle.

    Time Out New York · September 10, 2010
  • Urban Oyster

    Check out the view from Lookout Hill. On a clear day, see if you can spot the Parachute Jump on Coney Island, the Gil Hodges Bridge to Rockaway, and some of the steeples of the "Borough of Churches."

    Urban Oyster · March 8, 2011

    It’s a bit less refined than its sister Central Park (both designed by Frederick Law Olmsted & Calvert Vaux in the 1860s) but that just makes it all the better for nature-laden runs or long walks. Read more · August 21, 2012
  • Freda J.

    Lefferts Historic House Second Floor Tour : View significant artifacts from 19th century family life and walk into a fully furnished 1820s bedroom. Tours every half hour.

    Freda Jackman · October 24, 2010
  • Sara C.

    See a Celebrate Brooklyn show at the Bandshell. Free bike valet, picnic on the back slope, come up with crafty ways to sneak in better cheaper beer ($6 budweiser?!).

    Sara Clarke · August 12, 2009
  • Lauren

    The off-leash hours are a dog lovers' paradise. Hundreds of happy pooches running around, while their owners chat over morning coffee. Great way to start the day!

    Lauren · July 11, 2011
  • Lüc Carl

    I can be found in running in this park on most Sundays and any number of days per week every week. I have every detail of every inch of this park memorized as if it were my lover.

    Lüc Carl · December 9, 2011
  • Carlie C.

    Very nice place to find shade and take a rest if you have been traveling like my group. Will def come back here on my next visit.

    Carlie Cooper · July 11, 2013
  • Prospect_Park

    Prospect Park Walk-a-thon, Sept 18, 2011 to raise money to keep Prospect Park beautiful. Walk starts at Bartel Pritchard entrance (15th St) 9 a.m.check-in, 10 a.m. walk! Read more

    Prospect_Park · August 12, 2011
  • Mary M.

    LOVE the dog beach! what a great thing for dogs to play in 😍 this park is relatively clean and is well-lit once it's dark. I feel safe on the track in the evenings. I have seen cops patrol often.

    Mary Motta · May 28, 2015
  • Easy S.

    This is honestly the best looking park i've ever seen! I usually come here and let my daughter walk around with her friends! I use Easy Spy to monitor where they go! Read more

    Easy Spy · June 2, 2015
  • ArtBridge

    ArtBridge has collaborated with The Prospect Park Alliance to transform 300 feet of construction fencing into a large-scale, outdoor photo installation. Read more

    ArtBridge · November 6, 2015
  • Lipton Iced Tea

    Check out the Fallen Oak on Elephant Hill, the oldest tree out of the 30,000 in the entire park (300 years), before heading over to the Band Shell for a free summer Concert performance. Also, stroll

    Lipton Iced Tea · June 29, 2011
  • Gordon M.

    The Celebrate Brooklyn! music festival has an incredible lineup in the summer at Prospect Park Bandshell. Find it by the entrance at 9th St and Prospect Park West.

    Gordon Mei · July 25, 2014
  • Varun S.

    Have a dog? Off-leash hours for the entire park until 9 am every day. Best in the city. Don't have a dog? Come here before 9 am and play with a sea of dogs.

    Varun Shetty · December 11, 2013
  • Compass

    Brooklyn’s answer to Central Park serves as both a tourist destination and local sport, picnic, and festival venue for outdoor-loving locals.

    Compass · May 20, 2014
  • Anna S.

    Great place to ride your bike, go for a run, lay out in the sun...basically it's just a great place if you want to spend time outdoors in the city.

    Anna Stassen · July 29, 2015
  • NYC Parks

    On days with heavy snowfall, head to the tennis house near 9th St. for a NYC Parks Snow Day! We have sleds, free hot chocolate, snow angel contests, snowball fights, and more! Read more

    NYC Parks · February 10, 2013
  • Heather F.

    Brooklyn's version of Central Park- if you have kids or dogs (which I have neither) it's probably an ideal place to take them on a warm day!

    Heather Freudenthal · November 14, 2011
  • Mat M.

    Beautiful park, like Central park but no tourists or horse carriages or people painting caricatures of yea it's better than central park!

    Mat M · August 14, 2014
  • Abigail A.

    Brooklyn's premier park. If you want to get away from the city bustle, take a hike in the spring or fall. New spots to find each time.

    Abigail Argersinger · November 2, 2015
  • Dan M.

    There are 3 types of people here: dog people, bird people (dog people's best friends) and everyone else. Lots of room for everyone. Enjoy.

    Dan Miller · June 7, 2012
  • NYC Parks

    Fall Foliage: Spot the beautiful, changing colors of autumn at the Long Meadow, the Lullwater and the Ravine, all must-see destinations in the park’s 526 acres.

    NYC Parks · October 17, 2013
  • Martha

    where to go if you want to escape the building and city life, but not hang around a bunch of tourists like you find at Central Park. pretty much all Brookynites.

    Martha · April 19, 2015
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  • City of New York

    Did you know? Prospect Park was designed by Frederick Law Olmstead and Calvert Vaux, who were the same architects responsible for Manhattan’s Central Park.

    City of New York · December 26, 2012
  • MetroFocus

    Experience classical music in the great outdoors this summer for free with New York Philharmonic Concerts in the Parks. Find out when they'll perform in Prospect Park on MetroFocus. Read more

    MetroFocus · June 1, 2012

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