Prospect Park Brooklyn Reviews
Glorious! One of the best park in Brooklyn. Oct 15, 2011
For Gizmo’s Saturday morning outing in June, I decided to travel to Prospect Park for a change from our regular routine. Prospect Park is located in the Park Slope section of Brooklyn and this was my first visit to the park.
Prospect Park was designed by Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux, the same individuals who designed Central Park. Although Prospect Park is not as big as Central Park, it is pretty vast with lots of greenery to see and you can still get lost. This park however has more pastures, but it’s more urban in a good way.
Every Saturday morning, year round from 8am to 4pm there is a Green Market at the Grand Army Plaza entrance to Prospect Park. The Green Market is where Brooklynites purchase their weekly fresh fruits, vegetables and other staples. Prospect Park has a carousel that was built in 1912, that is located in the Children’s Corner at Empire Boulevard and Flatbush Avenue of the park and charges $2.00 for a pony ride. In addition to an ice skating rink, picnic areas where you can BBQ and a tennis center, Prospect Park has an Audubon Center, horse stables where you can rent horses to ride, and lots of open space to play, simply read or wander through on your own.
In all, I can say that my 6 Lb. Yorkie, Gizmo enjoyed running with the big dogs, even at dog beach and I enjoyed the friendliness throughout the park. Prospect Park is very scenic, very well maintained, and offers free events year round, so check the website for more information.
I would recommend a visit to Prospect Park when you are in Brooklyn, as it is within walking distance to the Brooklyn Museum as well as the Brooklyn Botanic Garden.
I will definitely return to Prospect Park to see the autumn/fall foliage.
Between: Flatbush Avenue, Parkside Avenue, Ocean Avenue and Prospect Park West in Brooklyn, New York
Park close to the public daily from 1am to 5am
718 – 965 – 8951
Directions: 2 or 3 train to Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn
B, Q, or S train to Prospect Park, Brooklyn
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A retreat from the city May 13, 2009
I grew up around this park: such as the one horse riding lesson I had there which I never followed up on. Def. mind that you don't step in the horse waste as many ppl get riding lessons here...
To habitual walks to the Boathouse by the pond for ice cream or smoothies after my tennis lessons. The Boathouse is right on the pond where you can rent paddle boats or take the small ferry for a scenic tour of the pond. Or you can sit on the steps, or lay on the lawn by the tree shaped like an umbrella. People often set up their canvases and stands to paint by the pond, it's so picturesque.
In Prospect Park are long winding roads for the odd car, bike riders, roller bladers, and there is a zoo, ice skating rink, Brooklyn Botanic Gardens, and an outdoors concert venue, the Prospect Park Bandshell.
You can go for volleyball, baseball, soccer, kite flying etc., and barbecuing, etc. I tend to go to feed the ducks and swans, or draw. I often see people there playing backgammon, and badminton as well.
Prospect Park is a smaller, intimate, more rustic version of Central Park. Each was designed by the same architect I think.
Warning though, be careful at night time, I see in the police blotter lots of muggings, although I have never felt unsafe there, it's wise to be aware of your surroundings as always. It IS a wooded area after all.
Nearby is Park Slope, very family friendly, lots of restaurants, bars, and shops.
Part of the list NYC-Brooklyn
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