Things to Do in Brooklyn

Things to Do in Brooklyn


Coming up with a list of things to do in Brooklyn can be a daunting task. The region is home to the second-largest art museum in the city, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, and a historic wooden roller coaster.  We are here to help you sort through what to do so you can plan your perfect weekend, vacation, or road trip.

Free Things to Do in Brooklyn

Constructed in 1883, the Brooklyn Bridge has provided a vital link between Manhattan and Brooklyn, but these granite pillars and steel cables are more than a means of connection for millions of New Yorkers and tourists. It also stands as an iconic feature of the New York City skyline and countless Instagram-worthy pictures.

Prospect Park is the second-largest park in Brooklyn (after Marine Park). Architects Calvert Vaux and Frederick Law Olmstead, who also designed Central Park, dubbed Prospect Park as their masterpiece. With 526 acres and a plethora of wildlife, it is the perfect place to spend an afternoon with friends enjoying a picnic or taking in the sights.

While Coney Island is most closely associated with a famous hot dog eating contest, it offers much more than delectable meats. From movie nights to concerts to the Luna Park amusement park, the area is effectively New York’s playground. If you need something to do towards the end of June, don’t miss the Coney Island Mermaid Parade, which is the largest art parade in the United States.

Paid Activities in Brooklyn

No trip around Brooklyn is complete without a visit to Di Fara Pizza. Consistently voted as one of the best pizza places in the US, Di Fara Pizza prides itself on no-frills regular and square pies. Make sure to budget plenty of time for your visit, because lines regularly run out the door.

Find hidden treasures at the eclectic Brooklyn Flea. Founded in 2008, the weekend attraction has grown into one of the largest flea markets in the country. With an endless selection of furniture, art, vintage clothing, jewelry, and crafts, you are all but guaranteed to find items you love.

When you want a dose of history and art without feeling crowded, check out the Brooklyn Museum. Its more than half a million square feet hold some of the most famous works of feminist, impressionist, and early American art. An ideal alternative to the Met, ticket prices are $10 for adults, $10 for students and seniors, and free for members and children under 19.

Experience Brooklyn

There is no shortage of things to do in Brooklyn. There are so many that we have barely scratched the surface. We didn't even have time to mention the Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Arch in Grand Army Plaza (but you might want to do yourself a favor and add it to your list of places to visit in Brooklyn).

There is entertainment to be had whether you want to explore the hipster hub that is Bushwick or the quintessential attraction that is Coney Island. The key is to create a plan and commit to it.  Just know that there is no reason you should be bored in this city.

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