With over one million pieces of art, the Brooklyn Museum is the second largest museum in New York City, behind only the “Met”. It is nestled near Prospect Park and the Botanic Gardens. Highlights inside the 560,000-square-foot museum include the Ancient Egyptian Art gallery and the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art.
The Brooklyn Botanic Gardens
The 52-acre Botanic Gardens is located near the Brooklyn Museum and is home to over 10,000 plants. It is an escape from the urban environment. Cherry blossoms fill the Garden every spring. Inside the conservatory are various ecosystems on display. Favorite places to visit include the rock, rose, and Japanese gardens. The educational and community programs make the Gardens a favorite for families.
The 526-acre park located in the center of Brooklyn is home for family gatherings, sports activities, and outdoor concerts. The park includes Brooklyn’s only lake (encompassing 60 acres), the Prospect Park Zoo, the Tennis Center, the LeFrak Center for ice-skating, and the Bandshell. The BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival hosts cultural events in Prospect Park.
The Brooklyn Bridge
The first bridge to cross the East River, the Brooklyn Bridge is perhaps the most recognizable work of architecture associated with Brooklyn. By walking across the bridge, one can fully appreciate the Gothic towers that identify this structure. The Brooklyn Bridge leads into Brooklyn Heights and DUMBO in Brooklyn, and the Financial District and TriBeCa in Manhattan.
The Brooklyn Heights Promenade
A stroll along the promenade, which runs alongside the East River, offers breath-taking views of Lower Manhattan. On the opposite side are historic town houses and mansions of Brooklyn Heights. It is a fun place for joggers and walkers, and your travels easily extend to the Brooklyn Bridge.