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

Regular Hours:
May differ on holidays

  • Monday: 5:00 AM – 1:00 AM
  • Tuesday: 5:00 AM – 1:00 AM
  • Wednesday: 5:00 AM – 1:00 AM
  • Thursday: 5:00 AM – 1:00 AM
  • Friday: 5:00 AM – 1:00 AM
  • Saturday: 5:00 AM – 1:00 AM
  • Sunday: 5:00 AM – 1:00 AM

Address: Brooklyn, NY, USA

Phone: (718) 965-8951

Official Website: Prospect Park

Reviews

Rated 4.7 out of 5 Star Rating

5 Star Rating My visit to Prospect Park in Brooklyn was an enchanting experience, a true testament to the beauty of nature amidst urban surroundings. This vast park, a gem in the heart of the city, is a haven for those seeking a peaceful retreat or an active day outdoors. The park’s expanse is impressive, offering a diverse landscape that includes lush meadows, dense woodlands, and tranquil water bodies. The presence of ducks gliding gracefully on the park’s ponds adds a picturesque quality to the scenery. It’s a delightful sight that complements the natural beauty of the area. What’s truly remarkable about Prospect Park is its vibrant atmosphere. It serves as a communal hub where kids can be seen playing joyfully, and people of all ages engage in various activities. Runners regularly loop around the park, taking advantage of the well-maintained paths and the motivating, natural backdrop.
Syed Redwan Md Hassan - 3 weeks ago

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5 Star Rating Amazing park with meadows, trails and vast open spaces! Awesome park if you are looking to take your dog for a walk! Beautiful arches, plenty of trails for walking and biking as well!
Preyas Shah - a month ago

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5 Star Rating The central park of Brooklyn and very much alike, aside from the fact that it's a bit more wild and bit less tourist and more locals. Beautiful combination of water and green, people and animals, and it's all in the middle of town. Easy to navigate via public transportation from and to the city.
ita40200 - 4 months ago

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5 Star Rating I've been coming to this park since 2009, I'm from Rome, Italy and I'm really fascinated by this park because it's full of life, clean then train then have fun you can relax in peace thank you for knowing this wonderful place I recommend it to others for me the rating is 100👍😍🇺🇸
NG.COSTRUZIONI SRLS - a month ago

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5 Star Rating As Brooklyn's backyard prospect Park boosts a lake waterfall and beautiful walking trails. It has biking paths and a nice amount of sports fields. It also has a few amenities such as ice skating in the winter and roller blades in the summer. There is also a boat rental and bike rental. All in all this park makes for a great place to visit all year round.
Aaron Stern - 3 months ago

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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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