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Prospect Park, Brooklyn

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#3 of 8 in Parks in Brooklyn
Designed by the same landscape architects who created Central Park, Prospect Park is home to Brooklyn's only lake, which spans 24 hectares (60 acres) and is surrounded by woodlands, walking paths, and lawns. The park is full of memorials, including the Litchfield Villa and a statue of General Lafayette. Stop first at the Boathouse visitor center for information on park events and attractions. Rent a bicycle to tour the trails if you want to cover a large area in a shorter amount of time. With our online itinerary creator, Brooklyn attractions like Prospect Park can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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  • We stumbled on this by chance after being shocked at the price of admission to Brooklyn Botanic Garden, so refused to go. It was pretty, centrally located but peaceful. However no toilets to be found ...  more »
  • It seems like there's a ton of stuff to do in this park. I only got to see a few running, biking and horse trails (also, there are horses in Brooklyn apparently!) and a massive lawn. The leaves were c...  more »
  • The Hope Park in Brooklyn has the same stunning view as the Manhattan Central Park, designed by the same designer, but more secluded than Central Park, less leisure.
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  • Spending time in Prospect Park, you can easily forget that you're in one of the biggest, busiest, metropolitan cities in the world. It's huge - they have a great 5k+ loop around the lower perimeter that takes you past the lakeside and right around Grand Army Plaza. On the interior, you can walk past waterfalls, hike trails, ride bikes, spend quality time with your dog. It's a great place to spend some time and get fresh air. They have great programs too - summer concerts, bird watching walks, etc. The parks are one of the best reasons to live in Brooklyn.
  • I love you, Prospect Park. I love you a lot. I love that you are within walking distance of me. I love your gentle, sloping hills. I love the annoying little kids who run all over the place like crazy people. I love the families who get there early on weekends and commandeer the barbecue pits for all day parties. I love your little bridges; I love walking under them and singing into those delightful acoustics. I love the little dog beach! Seriously, Prospect Park. I love you.
  • Always love coming to prospect park. Does not matter what time of year. Tons of things to do in the summer from concerts to kayaking to lounging in the meadows. Also great from doing laps in your bike or going for a run.
  • I am a Queens Girl but wanted to take my daughter to all the zoos in NYC in less than one year. This park has so much to do and was very lovely to sit and relax. My kids rode on the carousel and then just played tag on the grass for an hour. The Brooklyn Museum is a short walk from the zoo so we were able to visit there as well. I highly recommend this park for a wonderful spring or summer outing
  • Designed by those who brought you Central Park, think smaller less populated and more fun. The zoo, botanic gardens and many other spots are scattered around this little gem. Oh and apparently there is a life-size captain America statue but I've never seen it.

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Where to stay in Brooklyn

To enjoy views of the Manhattan skyline and have easy foot access to most of the borough's major attractions, stay in Brooklyn's downtown area. The borough's main tourism district, this area offers both luxurious accommodations for visitors wishing to splurge during their stay, as well as more economical lodgings for those traveling on a limited budget. If you don’t mind driving or taking the subway to most tourist sites, consider one of the neighborhoods outside Brooklyn's central area, such as Williamsburg or Prospect Park.
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