Geese in Prospect Park
Grand Army Plaza
Long Meadow Dog Beach in Prospect Park
Yoga in Prospect Park
Lefferts Historic House Museum
Urban visionaries Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux, who most famously designed Central Park, also put their stamp on bucolic Prospect Park. Amenities like the Long Meadow and Nethermead offer plenty of space to pull up on a patch of grass and indulge in some people-watching, and the woodland expanse of the Ravine is a towering forest within bustling Brooklyn. But we also have to give props to Robert Moses: The controversial city planner was behind some of the park’s kid-friendly offerings, including the zoo and Wollman Rink (which is currently undergoing an extensive renovation).
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I used to live just a few blocks from Prospect Park, and I spent a lot of time here! There are plenty of gorgeous spots to discover, and you can even use the public grills if you get in early. There are great fields for frisbee and picnicking. I also ran the perimeter of the park almost every day in the evening or early morning, but I'd say it's probably ideal to bring a buddy (some of it is not very well-lit).
Many Brooklynites say Prospect Park is better than Central Park. I have to admit, I do love Prospect Park (but I love Central Park too!). I’ve done quite a bit of running around both parks, and the views around Prospect Park are more spectacular. Summer concerts here are also a can’t miss opportunity, especially since many of them are free admission. The Brooklyn Museum and Botanic Garden are at the North East corner, so be sure to stop on by when you visiting Prospect Park.
Credit where it’s due. Lungs of Brooklyn. This park is enormous and beautiful. The Prospect Park Alliance are active and there’s a strong calendar of events for kids. Local longtime residents will tell you how things have changed dramatically over the many years. There’s a steady stream of runners for good reason and Smorgasburg (in season) gives another great reason to drift around the park on a Sunday. Central what?!