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Prospect Park

Prospect Park, Brooklyn
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    "Celebrate Brooklyn every summer in the bandshell!"(9 Tips)
    "part of BRIC’s Celebrate Brooklyn!"(6 Tips)
    Afi Y.
    "You can picnic, bike, ride horses, or just hang out."(20 Tips)
    Laura G.
    "live music in the summer."(12 Tips)
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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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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 Kaul3 weeks ago
    Great picnic spot. Be sure to check in at Smorgasburg on Saturdays. Exceptional food.
  • 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
  • Isaac V.
    Isaac VanDuynNovember 23, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Heading up to Lookout Point in the south-center of the park is great fun. You can see the parachute jump tower at Coney Island!
  • 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.
  • Bennuworld
    BennuworldFebruary 24, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Beautiful park. Central Park overshadows it, but this is where the locals go because not all the tourists know about it.
  • Freda J.
    Freda JackmanOctober 24, 2010
    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.
  • PureWow
    PureWowJune 2, 2016
    June 8th: Go old school with funk/soul band Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings in the Prospect Park bandshell, part of BRIC’s Celebrate Brooklyn! Lineup. Read more
  • Brownstone Living NYC
    Brownstone Living NYCJune 18, 2016
    Been here 25+ times
    An oasis, a peaceful retreat. I love early morning and night runs through this park. Perfect for meditation and prayer as well.
  • Oleg G.
    A lot of dugs, running people and places just to relax. Highly recommend
  • New York Habitat
    New York HabitatApril 10, 2012
    In New York for the summer? Be sure to attend one of the (free!) concerts in Prospect Park! Sweet summer air, great food and drinks, and marvelous music to dance away the night!
  • Emily
    EmilyJuly 11, 2016
    A beautiful park. You don't even feel like you're in a huge city.
  • Kate H.
    Kate HaileyMarch 6, 2015
    Beautiful spot in Brooklyn!! This is the boathouse, there's a little lake.
  • Julie A.
    Julie AvraJune 14
    Been here 5+ times
    Before 9am is off leash hours for dogs and Saturday and Sunday mornings are how I imagine dog heaven to look
  • Colleen M.
    Colleen McAndrewAugust 14, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Any spot on the lake is beautiful. Hang in the long meadow or escape the city by the ravine.
  • Gordon M.
    Gordon MeiJuly 25, 2014
    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.
  • Lüc Carl
    Lüc CarlDecember 9, 2011
    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.
  • Taiowa W.
    Taiowa WanerDecember 24, 2016
    Great outdoor area. Lots of options for running, biking, reading, and concerts over the summer.
  • Suki
    SukiAugust 7
    Grilling out here is great. 5k's throughout the year are a great way to see more of the park.
  • Kitty M.
    Kitty MulleeMay 17, 2015
    Beautiful, interesting, and expansive. So many things to do and see. A million unique areas.
  • Chris W.
    Chris WaslinNovember 22, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Lots of secret pathways will keep you discovering something new each visit. Southern tip though sketchy
  • Sheena
    SheenaJune 19, 2016
    Great public amenity where all New Yorkers can hang out. Saw a game of cricket next to some newfangled giant ball kickball soccer dodgeball hybrid
  • Diane J.
    Diane Jean-MaryApril 24, 2016
    Bring a blanket, some friends, and a drink or two to enjoy the magic that is a sunny day at prospect park :)
  • Evan C.
    Evan ChenAugust 9, 2014
    Really nice park in Brooklyn...they have a really nice bike path if you like to bike!
  • Zina A.
    Zina AlamJune 21, 2016
    Great for picnic, biking, sitting by the lake, and also roller-skating! (there is a rink)
  • Hannibal
    HannibalApril 14, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    It's gonna be an awesome day, considering the beautiful weather. I heard that they gonna have some killer food. Yeah!!!! (if you don't have a ticket, get here early)
  • Kimmie O.
    Kimmie OhhSeptember 26, 2015
    This is like Brooklyn's Central Park :P. Whether or not one agrees on that, we can all agree that this park is beautiful ❤️
  • Prospect_Park
    Prospect_ParkAugust 12, 2011
    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
  • Heather F.
    Heather FreudenthalNovember 14, 2011
    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!
  • Brandon F.
    Brandon F.December 4, 2016
    From the master architects and landscapers who brought Central Park comes this gem in the heart of Brooklyn.
  • Bina K.
    Bina KijmedeeJuly 10, 2011
    Nellie's Lawn is an amazing and beautiful lawn. Stop there for a deep breath after a long run or ride before your next up the hill journey!
  • Charley T.
    Charley ToddOctober 26, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Saturday's in the park means picnics, pickup volleyball, kite flying and now even drones. One of the greatest parks in the country.
  • Nate F.
    Nate FolkertApril 5, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Stroller Stride fitness classes for mommies and babies every morning of the week in two locations - 10am MWF at 9th Street entrance, and 11am TTh at Park Circle Read more
  • Gabriel H.
    Gabriel HayesAugust 9, 2015
    Such an amazing park. The best park in New York City. Avoids the crowds of Central Park.
  • Jacky A.
    Jacky AlcinéJuly 13, 2013
    Personally, I love this place. Tried to visit every part of it. Check out the waterfall!
  • City of New York
    City of New YorkDecember 26, 2012
    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.
  • P-LO L.
    P-LO LouisJuly 16, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    It's such a beautiful night despite the fact that it's yucky! But inside of this park-always a nice breeze-embracing nature :-)
  • Liliana B.
    Liliana BenitezAugust 16, 2015
    Nice park to spend time with family or couple.
  • Martha
    MarthaApril 19, 2015
    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.
  • Tanner W.
    Tanner WelshMarch 17, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    No place better on a warm late summer Sunday afternoon. Bring friends and a picnic and you'll see why.
  • Chet M.
    Chet ManciniDecember 6, 2014
    The loop is a little over 3 miles around. Great for running and cycling.
  • Compass
    CompassMay 20, 2014
    Brooklyn’s answer to Central Park serves as both a tourist destination and local sport, picnic, and festival venue for outdoor-loving locals.
  • NYC Parks
    NYC ParksJuly 16, 2013
    Access free wi-fi at the Bandshell near West Drive and East of the Bandshell, courtesy of Time Warner Cable. Connect using "GuestWiFi". Read more
  • Marina B.
    Marina BuritySeptember 12, 2015
    It's huge and easy to get lost, but very beautiful and great for all kind of activities.
  • Matthew R.
    Matthew RutledgeOctober 5, 2016
    What a perfect day for a walk in the park! Don't miss the Brooklyn museum and library at the north entrance.
  • Showtime Network
    Showtime NetworkJune 4, 2010
    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
  • Afi Y.
    Afi Yellow-DukeJune 21, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    You can picnic, bike, ride horses, or just hang out. I love this park!
  • Dave D.
    Dave DawsonSeptember 12, 2013
    Come bike the loop, or just watch the baseball games on Saturdays. Ultimate frisbee on Sundays too!
  • checkEco
    checkEcoJanuary 14, 2012
    Bring your holiday tree to Prospect Park, where we’ll turn it into mulch for healthy ground cover. Watch your tree go into the chipper and become environment-friendly mulch. Read more
  • Jake G.
    Jake GuttormssonApril 19, 2016
    If you have kids, check out the zoo and the antique carousel.
  • US National Archives
    US National ArchivesApril 21, 2011
    Take a look at this 1970s photo of a nearby Park Slope recycling center. What can you do to help keep Prospect Park clean? Read more
  • John S.
    John SAugust 14, 2014
    Visit the eerie abandoned fountains of the Vale of Cashmere on the north side of the park
  • Vanessa B.
    Vanessa BernerJanuary 16
    A good place to walk. Good for children and pets.
  • Seanmichael R.
    Seanmichael RodgersMarch 22, 2012
    Bring your puppy early morning for interactions with other fun pets and pet owners.
  • Luis S.
    Luis ShimabukuroDecember 2, 2016
    Conheci numa tarde fria do outono nova-iorquino, com pista de patinação, mas o que me chamou a atenção foi o lago e os vários patos e gansos curtindo a vida por lá!!!
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    Her mevsimi ayrı bi şükela şehir parkı.. Sonbaharda dökülen kızıl yaprak cümbüşü ve yazın gölün manzarası şiddetle tavsiye olunur. Kısaca bir parktan çok daha fazlası...
  • Tausha
    TaushaApril 5, 2015
    Прекрасный парк😻 когда тепло весь парк обойдёшь и глазом моргнуть не успеешь! Вокруг все бегают, занимаются, ну и пикники устраивают конечно👌
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