Aerial photo of Prospect Park, Brooklyn
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Prospect Park, Brooklyn

Updated by Pat Dorri on February 22 2024

A Green Oasis in Brooklyn's Urban Landscape

Address: Prospect Park, Brooklyn, NY 11225, United States

Exterior of the Boathouse at Prospect Park, Brooklyn
Enjoy the beautiful views of the boathouse in this serene park.

💲 Free to visit

👩‍🦽 Wheelchair accessible

🍽️ Various food options available (open 7am-10pm weekdays, 7am-11pm weekends)

🚽 Public Restrooms

Where can I find Prospect Park?

Prospect Park is located in the heart of Brooklyn, easily accessible from various neighborhoods, and is a beloved green space, bursting with natural beauty and recreational facilities.

Why should I visit Prospect Park?

Designed by Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux, who also designed Central Park, it features a scenic lake, meadows and forested areas, and a range of sports facilities. The park also hosts various cultural and community events throughout the year.

Prospect Park is the perfect destination for nature lovers, sports enthusiasts, and families.

What are the opening hours at Prospect Park?

General opening hours

Monday -5am - 1am

Tuesday -5am - 1am

Wednesday -5am - 1am

Thursday -5am - 1am

Friday -5am - 1am

Saturday -5am - 1am

Sunday -5am - 1am

Playgrounds close at 9 pm and Parade Ground at 10 pm, whilst other park attractions have varying hours.

Closures and holidays

Prospect Pak is open year-round, although it occasionally closes for official events or maintenance.

Check the official website ahead of visiting.

Japanese Garden in the Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Take a stroll through the Japanese garden in the Botanic Gardens adjacent to the park.
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Where should I park when visiting Prospect Park?

Street parking is available around the park, but it can be limited, especially on weekends. There are also several parking lots within the park near major entrances.

Is Prospect Park accessible by public transportation?

Prospect Park is accessible by public transportation. Head here via subway with the B, Q, S, 2, and 3 lines stopping at various stations around the park.

There are also numerous bus lines also serve the area.

When is the best time to visit Prospect Park?

A visit to Prospect Park is great throughout the year, to appreciate the changing seasons.

Spring and fall offer pleasant weather for enjoying the park's natural beauty, whilst summer brings a host of activities and events, making it a lively time to visit.

What are the best things to see near Prospect Park?

Within a short distance of Brooklyn Bridge there are great places to visit.

  • Brooklyn Museum - One of the oldest and largest museums in the city, near the park's Eastern Parkway entrance.
  • Brooklyn Botanic Garden - Adjacent to the park, offering a variety of themed gardens and plant collections.
  • Park Slope - A charming neighborhood with historic brownstones, trendy restaurants, and shops.
Exterior of the Brooklyn Museum with cherry trees in full bloom
The Brooklyn Museum is worth a visit if you have time, and close by to Prospect Park.
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Common questions about Prospect Park

Prospect Park is an urban oasis, where you can enjoy pretty lakes, winding trails, and a variety of outdoor activities in the heart of Brooklyn. Here are some other amenities you can expect.

Is Prospect Park accessible to those with lower mobility?

✔️ Yes, the Prospect Park accessible for wheelchair users.

Is Prospect Park free to enter?

✔️ Yes, there is no charge to visit Prospect Park.

❗ Check out The Audubon Center and LeFrak Center at Lakeside which offer educational and recreational activities.

Is Prospect Park pet-friendly?

✔️ Yes, Prospect Park is pet-friendly, however dogs should be kept on a leash.

Is Prospect Park child-friendly?

✔️ Yes, Prospect Park is very child-friendly. With playgrounds, a zoo, and wide open spaces, it's great for children.

Is Prospect Park a year-round attraction?

✔️ Yes, Prospect Park is open year-round, offering different experiences in each season.

Are refreshments available at Prospect Park?

✔️ Yes, at Prospect Park there are food concessions and seasonal food trucks.

Are there restrooms at Prospect Park?

✔️ Yes, there are public restrooms at Prospect Park.

What else is useful to know before I visit Prospect Park?

The park has several entrances, so plan which part of the park you want to explore in advance.

Also make sure to check the park's event calendar for special activities and performances.

Aerial view of Prospect Park in Brooklyn with downtown Manhattan in the background.
The sheer scale of Prospect Park means you can happily while away a fun-filled day here.
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Where to stay near Prospect Park?

There are plenty of great hotel options near Brooklyn Bridge, whatever your budget.