Built in the 1860s by Frederick Law Olmsted, Prospect Park was welcomed as both a revolutionary feat of landscape architecture and “an exquisite work of art.” More than a century and a half later, the Park remains a vital part of Brooklyn life. Once inside the perimeter of this pastoral wonder, complete with green pathways and peaceful bodies of water, it’s easy to understand why many claim this environmental gem as their own backyard. The Park’s soothing hum of leisure—cyclists racing by, Brooklynites picnicking on the grass, drummers enjoying their Saturday circle—is intoxicating and replenishing.
Activities abound, including a historic carousel, a baseball field, playground, and more. During winter months, the sledding (and subsequent hot chocolate, provided by the Park’s conservancy) is legendary. Following a historic $74 million expansion, the Park recently unveiled its new 26-acre ice skating facility, which includes a covered rink for use in warmer months. In the summer, the Park’s Brooklyn Bandshell hosts top notch musical acts and other festivals.
Spend one day wandering around this natural, tree-shrouded refuge, meandering across the 585 acres of stunning beauty, and you’ll be hooked. In a good way.