Party Earth Review Designed by the same architects who created Central Park, Brooklyn’s Prospect Park is a popular getaway for locals and visitors looking for a bit of respite from the city’s hectic pace. A 585-acre expanse of natural beauty... ... read full review
Between Prospect Park West, Eastern Parkway, Washington Avenue, and Parkside West
Brooklyn, NY 11218
F, G: 15th Street-Prospect Park-Prospect Park West; 2, 3: Eastern Parkway-Brooklyn Museum; B, Q, S: Prospect Park; 2, 3: Grand Army Plaza-Flatbush Avenue
PROSPECT HEIGHTS, NEW YORK –
Designed by the same architects who created Central Park, Brooklyn’s Prospect Park is a popular getaway for locals and visitors looking for a bit of respite from the city’s hectic pace.
A 585-acre expanse of natural beauty, the park connects Park Slope, Crown Heights, and Kensington, bringing together otherwise disparate neighborhoods of the huge borough.
Plenty of open fields draw groups of students and laid-back twenty-somethings, who show up to toss Frisbees, kick soccer balls, or set up at one of the barbecue stations for steaks and beer.
Midday cyclists and power-walkers take over the many meandering paths, while sports enthusiasts can get into pick-up games of baseball, tennis, and volleyball at various points around the park.
Couples and out-of-towners out for romance or a little history can take a leisurely stroll around the scenic lake and nature trails or check out landmarks like the Coney Island Carousel and the Bandshell stage.
Various vendors and cafés offer refreshment, though visitors interested in organic bread, fresh meats, and local produce will want to peruse the booths at the farmers market by the Soldiers & Sailors Arch.
Whether park-goers are looking for a day of running and hiking, a patch of shade and a good book, or a free concert, Prospect Park provides a much-needed break from the breakneck speed of busy Brooklyn.
Neighborhood locals, college students, young professionals, families, and international visitors, all ages and types.
Sports fields, tennis courts, volleyball nets, and pedal boats. Nature trails for hiking and paths for walking, running, and cycling. Picnic tables and barbecues. Ice rink for winter skating, though currently closed for renovations.
Live music stage, theater pagoda, carousel, and zoo. Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival performances held at Bandshell stage, which has featured performers like Rufus Wainwright and Passion Pit in the past.
Outdoor farmers market featuring organic home-grown food and produce, Saturdays on the northwest end and Wednesdays on the southwest end.
The Songbird Café in the Picnic House and the Snack Bar at the Parade Grounds offer an assortment of drinks and comfort food. Hot dog and ice cream carts.
Celebrate Brooklyn! free with $3 suggested donation. Hot dogs $1, soda $1, ice cream $1.50. Songbird Café: snacks $1–$3, wraps $7, drinks $1–$3. Bike rentals $8–$14/hour. Pedal boats $15+. Tennis $7+.
Any sunny day. Weekends are the most crowded.
At the northern entrance of Prospect Park is the Brooklyn Public Library (10 Grand Army Plaza) and the Brooklyn Museum (200 Eastern Parkway).