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Prospect Park, Brooklyn

Find the best things to do in Prospect Park, Brooklyn, including free concerts, pretty picnic spots and more

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Planning a day in Prospect Park, Brooklyn? There's plenty of room on the Long Meadow and Nethermead to sunbathe or find the perfect picnic spot, or explore the Ravine, which is the borough's only forest. New York City planner Robert Moses was behind certain park additions, like the Prospect Park Zoo and the bandshell, where Celebrate Brooklyn! hosts awesome free summer concerts all season long.

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Things to do in Prospect Park, Brooklyn

Cars will be banned from Prospect Park for the first time ever this summer
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Cars will be banned from Prospect Park for the first time ever this summer

Brooklyn's most prestigious park is giving automobiles the boot for the next two months

Exclusive: Prospect Park is hosting a magical pop-up dinner under the stars
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Exclusive: Prospect Park is hosting a magical pop-up dinner under the stars

Sign us up for spending the night under the stars in Prospect Park!

The best restaurants near Prospect Park
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The best restaurants near Prospect Park

Eat greasy-spoon comfort food or locally grown fare at the best restaurants near Prospect Park in NYC

Eight things you must do in Prospect Park
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Eight things you must do in Prospect Park

Get the scoop on the best things to do in Prospect Park, including concerts, the zoo, the carousel and more

Watch films for free outside in Prospect Park this summer
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Watch films for free outside in Prospect Park this summer

An outdoor film series will give New Yorkers yet another reason to visit the urban oasis this summer

Celebrate Brooklyn!
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Celebrate Brooklyn!

Your chance to party under the stars all summer long in Prospect Park is here again—hooray for Celebrate Brooklyn!

Eight surprising secrets you didn’t know about Prospect Park
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Eight surprising secrets you didn’t know about Prospect Park

While you’re out exploring the things you must do in Prospect Park with your pals, why not wow them with some trivia? In the park’s 150-year history, there’s been plenty of changes made to Brooklyn’s biggest park. So, on your way to that perfect picnic spot or before dinner at restaurants near Prospect Park, be on the lookout for the historical details that you just might have forgotten.   RECOMMENDED: Full guide to Prospect Park, Brooklyn   1. Farm animals frequently visited the park in the 19th century If you left your car near Prospect Park overnight today, you’d be afraid your vehicle would get impounded—but in the 19th century, you had to worry more about your barn animals getting impounded. After Prospect Park first opened in 1867, local livestock could be found roaming the 585 acres of public land, even though they were supposed to be kept at home. In 1872 alone, 44 pigs, 35 goats, 18 cows and 23 horses were caught.   2. The park was built over a Revolutionary War battle site Decades before park designers Vaux and Olmstead were even born, the park’s hills saw a bloody battle. During the American Revolution, the park was the site of the Battle of Long Island (also known as the Battle of Brooklyn). Though the British won that battle, the brave soldiers of the 1st Maryland Regiment continued to attack the much bigger army while George Washington and other American forces retreated to Manhattan.   3. There used to be a full replica of Mount Vernon near Lookout Hi

Prospect Park 101: Essential information
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Prospect Park 101: Essential information

Find out where to grill, how to volunteer and more essential information about Brooklyn’s bucolic space

Brooklyn bars near Prospect Park
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Brooklyn bars near Prospect Park

Try these Brooklyn bars in the immediate vicinity of the park for craft brews in outdoor spaces

Museums and attractions near Prospect Park, Brooklyn

Brooklyn Museum
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Brooklyn Museum

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Brooklyn Botanic Garden
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Brooklyn Botanic Garden

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Brooklyn Public Library
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Brooklyn Public Library

Prospect Park Audubon Center
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Prospect Park Audubon Center

Prospect Park Carousel
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Prospect Park Carousel

Prospect Park Zoo
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Prospect Park Zoo

Brooklyn Children’s Museum
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Brooklyn Children’s Museum

Lefferts Historic House Museum
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Lefferts Historic House Museum

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