Prospect Park – Family Fun in Brooklyn

by Adrienne Veglia Mazeau on October 13, 2012. Updated November 5, 2012

in Travel Ideas

Designed by Frederick Law Olmsted as a place of respite, Prospect Park in Brooklyn is a 585-acre oasis filled with fun things to do with kids in New York City.

Lots of Family Fun in Prospect Park

By the time we arrived in Prospect Park, it was at the tail end of our weekend in Brooklyn. Sadly, we needed to get on the road by late afternoon to make it back Upstate so we couldn’t do as much exploring as I would have liked.  We made it to the small and very kid friendly Prospect Park Zoo.  You won’t find the quintessential large zoo animals here but our crew consisted of two 5 year olds and two 2 year olds who couldn’t get enough of the petting zoo area.  Kids could pretend to milk a cow and then pet a real one.  The California Sea Lions were a big hit as well.  This is a great zoo for younger children.

Prospect Park Zoo

Tip: Prospect Park Zoo is part of the Wildlife Conservation Society which also includes the Bronx Zoo, New York Aquarium, Central Park Zoo and the Queens Zoo.  If you plan on visiting several of these sites during the year, consider getting a WCS membership and save on admission.

Prospect Park is a great place to wander through and here are a few other areas to see that are great for families:

  • take a spin on the restored 1912 carousel
  • check out the various playgrounds including Time Out New York Kids pick for the best playground in NYC – Imagination Playground
  • go shopping at the Greenmarket for fresh local produce
  • visit an 18th century Dutch farm house and explore Lefferts House
  • go horseback riding at Kensington Stables

For more information check out the Prospect Park website for admission fees and hours of operation for all of the different areas – http://www.prospectpark.org/home

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| Adrienne lives outside of Albany, NY with her archaeologist husband, creative school age daughter and a very active toddler. When not dreaming about where to take her family next she works as a Fiscal Policy Analyst for New York State. Combining an insatiable appetite for breaking out of routine and discovering new destinations with her family while working full time keeps the balancing act interesting. Writing as become her creative outlet. Email: AdrienneVegliaMazeau@AlbanyKid.com, Twitter: @AdrienneVMazeau

Alicia Brentt November 2, 2012 at 2:29 pm

The park looks amazing. I love the pictures that you took. May be one of these fine days I will have a chance to visit there.

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