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Prospect Park

Prospect Park, Brooklyn
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  • Fodor's Travel
    Fodor's TravelSeptember 9, 2015
    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
  • The Corcoran Group
    The Corcoran GroupJune 4, 2013
    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.
  • Time Out New York
    Time Out New YorkFebruary 1, 2012
    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
  • NYC Parks
    NYC ParksOctober 28, 2013
    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
  • Andrea H.
    Andrea HongSeptember 27, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    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.
  • New York Habitat
    New York HabitatAugust 27, 2012
    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!!
  • Markus T.
    Markus TarjamoJanuary 18, 2016
    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!
  • Time Out New York
    Time Out New YorkOctober 31, 2011
    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
  • Guest of a Guest
    Guest of a GuestAugust 19, 2016
    Take an urban hike! Prospect Park is magical and easily offers enough trails you can stumble through until you get lost, just like a real hike. Read more
  • NYC Parks
    NYC ParksFebruary 10, 2013
    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
  • Kyle Dean R.
    Kyle Dean ReinfordApril 6, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    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.
  • Gothamist
    GothamistMay 23
    rospect Park run's a tad shorter—3.35 miles around the main loop, as compared with 5.2 or 6.1 miles around Central—there are fewer cars, bikes and people to get in your way here. Read more
  • Sandra F.
    Sandra FransenNovember 4, 2015
    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.
  • G W.
    G WongMarch 22, 2012
    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.
  • Time Out New York
    Time Out New YorkJuly 11, 2013
    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
  • Green is Universal
    Green is UniversalNovember 17, 2011
    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
  • Time Out New York
    Time Out New YorkSeptember 10, 2010
    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.
  • Compass
    CompassAugust 12, 2013
    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.
  • Mary M.
    Mary MottaMay 28, 2015
    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.
  • Paige C.
    Paige CAugust 13
    Finally got the chance to come here with my dogs for off-leash hours! It was awesome! So much open so space to run around.
  • Amy S.
    Amy ShackelfordMarch 10, 2015
    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!
  • Kirill K.
    Kirill KukuruzaMay 10, 2016
    The only one place in whole New York with a chestnut tree
  • Varun S.
    Varun ShettyDecember 11, 2013
    Been here 100+ times
    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.
  • Clout M.
    Clout MediaNovember 24, 2011
    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.
  • Vaughn A.
    Vaughn AllenJanuary 23, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    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
  • 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.
  • NYC Parks
    NYC ParksOctober 17, 2013
    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.
  • Carlie C.
    Carlie CooperJuly 11, 2013
    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.
  • Tobias S.
    Tobias SalingerSeptember 14, 2012
    This is a beautiful place for running, reading, eating, playing sports, playing drums, riding horses, flying kites, rising bikes, skateboarding, roller skating, ANYTHING U WANT
  • Abigail A.
    Abigail ArgersingerNovember 2, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    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.
  • Anna
    AnnaJuly 29, 2015
    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.
  • PureWow
    PureWowJune 3, 2016
    June 13th: Longing for the great outdoors? Rough it at OutdoorFest in Brooklyn, where you can learn wilderness survival skills, then go sailing. Read more
  • Luk As F.
    Luk As FJanuary 3
    Huge park to enjoy sunny days, also during the cold season. Beautiful to stroll with friends
  • Lauren
    LaurenJuly 11, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    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!
  • Urban Oyster
    Urban OysterMarch 8, 2011
    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."
  • Easy S.
    Easy SpyJune 2, 2015
    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
  • Natalie V.
    Natalie VegelJuly 26, 2016
    Love this place - so much green space, volleyball courts, running and walking paths. Also a lake with paddle boats.
  • Dan M.
    Dan MillerJune 7, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    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.
  • Amanda M.
    Amanda McCormickJuly 27, 2013
    Been here 100+ times
    There's an awesome free Pilates class at Audubon Center every Friday at noon. Scalable for beginners and intermediate alike!
  • David M.
    David MilbergAugust 8, 2016
    There is so much to do in this park and lots of hidden beautiful places. You can forget you're in NYC walking around here!
  • Eitan L.
    Eitan LidergotSeptember 1, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Get there early and get a nice spot in the sun to relax. Great for biking, picnics, and BBQ.
  • EchoDA
    EchoDAJanuary 24, 2012
    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.
  • ArtBridge
    ArtBridgeNovember 6, 2015
    ArtBridge has collaborated with The Prospect Park Alliance to transform 300 feet of construction fencing into a large-scale, outdoor photo installation. Read more
  • Pedro G.
    Pedro GuedesSeptember 13, 2014
    Great park, you can do all sorts of activities in here. After visiting I definitely felt like doing a barbecue there someday.
  • City of New York
    City of New YorkDecember 26, 2012
    Prospect Park, with its 585 acres of grassy land, forest, and waters is one of Brooklyn’s most rewarding attractions.
  • Zoe D.
    Zoe DunJuly 14, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Love this park. Cycle, run, walk - never too crowded, and now has the summertime Smorgasbord to make it even better.
  • Viren K.
    Viren KaulSeptember 24
    Great picnic spot. Be sure to check in at Smorgasburg on Saturdays. Exceptional food.
  • Hannah P.
    Absolutely huge. Prepare to spend your whole day exploring. It's fun to pull up a blanket and watch people playing sports, check out the botanical gardens next door too.
  • Lipton Iced Tea
    Lipton Iced TeaJune 29, 2011
    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
  • MetroFocus
    MetroFocusJune 1, 2012
    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
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