Prospect Park

Prospect Park is a vast and beautiful urban oasis with 585 acres of beautifully landscaped greenspace and water features

The arrival of Spring in Prospect Park
The arrival of Spring in Prospect Park cc licensed photo by rutlo

In the Park Slope section of Brooklyn, Prospect Park is a unique urban oasis featuring 585 landscaped acres designed by Frederick Law Olmstead and Calvert Vaux, the architectural design team responsible for Manhattan's Central Park.

Olmstead and Vaux accentuated the unique beauty of Prospect Park's natural and geological characteristics with a man-made Watercourse featuring an intricate system of pools, streams, waterfalls and islands culminating in a 60 acre lake. Inspired by the pristine streams of the Adirondack Mountains in upstate New York, the Watercourse winds through deep gorges and 146 acres of forest known as the Ravine District. To preserve the landscape design, the Prospect Park Alliance launched a $43 million dollar restoration project to preserve the Watercourse and the Ravine over the next 25 years.

With over eight million visitors annually, there is something for all members of the family. Popular activities in Prospect Park include bird watching, biking, hiking, pedal-boating and fishing. In the winter months, the rolling hillsides are perfect for sledding. Many sports and fitness facilities are available, including two major league size baseball fields and an indoor-outdoor tennis center. The Prospect Park Children's Corner is a unique destination for fun, exploration, and education with several playground facilities and a landmark Carousel. The Long Meadow Dog Beach will be a favourite with your favourite pooch and the Park has specified off-leash hours for lots of fun with Fido.

Prospect Park is home to many cultural attractions, including The Prospect Park Zoo, Audubon Center and Lefferts Historic House. The Prospect Park Bandshell is the main venue for Celebrate Brooklyn Performing Arts Festival offering live outdoor entertainment performances and concerts every summer. On Saturdays, Prospect Park hosts the one of the largest organic farmer's greenmarkets in New York City.

Nearby attractions include Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Brooklyn Museum of Art and Brooklyn Bridge.

Facts For Your Visit

Fee: No

Hours: Mon-Sun 5am-1am

Address: 450 Flatbush Avenue, Brooklyn, NY

Website: Prospect Park

Directions

Subway Line Nearest Station Walking Time
F or G15 Street - Prospect Park1 minute
2 or 3Grand Army Plaza5 minutes
B, Q or SProspect Park2 minutes

How to get to Prospect Park by Subway

For the west side of the park take the F or G train to 15th Street / Prospect Park Station and cross the road into the park. For the east side of the park take the B, Q or S train to Prospect Park Station, exit and go right (east) into the park. For the north end of the park take a 2 or 3 train to Grand Army Plaza and walk south along Flatbush Avenue and Grand Army Plaza into the park.

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