There’s no better way to enjoy summertime and celebrate Brooklyn than visiting Prospect Park, one of the largest urban parks in New York.
Although Prospect Park and Central Park were both designed by the same architects, I prefer the little sister in Brooklyn over her big sister in the city. It doesn’t have nearly as many tourist traps and depending on what area of the park you are in you can almost forget you are in a metropolis.
Like many places I visit, I go to the park on a weekday or on a weekend before noon. My sole reason for this is to avoid crowds, really take in and enjoy the surroundings, and take pics without photobombs.
On this particular visit, I parked my vehicle on Prospect Park West and entered on the Grand Army Plaza side. I usually park on Ocean Ave. but luckily found a parking spot immediately. That rarely happens here so I took it as a small gift from the heavens.
There were plenty of families out, playing, grilling, and spending time on the lawns. The park is also a very popular spot for the novice or expert fitness buff with many people jogging, running, or cycling.
I am a lover of nature. My favorite area of the park is the Waterfall Nature Trail. On this particular day the trail was shaded from the sun, few people were on it, and it felt like it was just me enjoying this gorgeous summer day.
If waterfalls don’t turn you on there are a lot of other things to do. I saw activities for everyone. There are playgrounds, a skating rink, baseball fields, tennis courts, and restaurants. Most importantly there are clean and serviced restrooms near the skating rink. Hallelujah!!! It’s the little things that count so much.
It can be very easy to get lost here so take note of the maps and street signs posted throughout the park. It’s a lot to take in at one time but one visit is enough to make you return.
The park is open daily from 5 a.m. to 1 a.m. More information is here.