Developed and created over thirty years by Frederick Legislation Olmsted as well as Calvert Vaux, the masterminds behind Central Park, Prospect Park has progressed into a premier location for Brooklyn visitors and residents alike. Extensively known for its intricate manmade watercourse and also its trees, the mass of Brooklyn’s staying native forest, the park is an extremely functional eco-friendly area. It is a world unto itself: a 585-acre sanctuary of panoramas for leisure continues to be a beautiful respite from the bustle of city life.
Brooklyn’s answer to Central Park, Prospect Park consists of a zoo, the first urban-area Audubon Center in the country, an ice rink, a bandshell, a carousel, the Brooklyn Museum of Art, and dozens of athletic and recreational facilities. Its entryway is noted by the large Memorial Arch and it is a mecca for families and nature lovers who go to play ball, bird watch, and listen to outdoor concerts.
Start at the north end, at Grand Army Plaza where there’s a dynamic farmer’s market on Saturdays, go across the main drive, and stick to the walking paths that run along the edges of Long Meadow. After that continue into the gorge before looping around Prospect Park Lake, where you can rent paddle boats or canoes in summer. Toward the southern end of the park, the LeFrak Center provides ice skating in winter and roller skating in summer, and Smorgasburg, a Sunday local food fair, appears from April to October. Every summer, the Bandshell hosts weekly free concerts.
Closer to Flatbush Avenue, the park has plenty of enjoyable activities for kids and their families. The Prospect Park Carousel, dating to 1912, was initially in Coney Island and has remained in the park since 1952. A couple of yards away, the Lefferts Historic House, a Dutch colonial farmhouse constructed circa 1783, now runs as a museum, where visitors can learn more about life in Brooklyn throughout the 19th century. The subtle, 12-acre Prospect Park Zoo features everything from alpacas to dart frogs to California sea lions.
Start your explorations today and join the eight million yearly visitors reaping the benefits of this lovely park!
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