There is so much to see and do in Brooklyn that you may not know where to start. Regardless of the particular neighborhood you live in or plan on visiting; you will always find unique and must do activities. Here are some fun things to do in Brooklyn New York
Coney Island – Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn
Located in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, Coney Island is the perfect destination to visit when you want to awaken your inner child. With a beautiful beach and a classic boardwalk, it is among the borough’s favorite and most popular attractions. Not only is Coney Island home to the original location of Nathan’s Hotdogs it also boasts the decades-old wooden rollercoaster, the Cyclone as well as the iconic parachute jump. Though it costs a pretty penny to ride it, doing so is a badge of honor among locals. The Coney Island neighborhood also includes a small arcade, a candy store, and much more to appeal to the child in everyone.
Coney Island is also the home of the New York Aquarium. Its attractions include the Aquatheater, an interactive show featuring sea lions, and Conservation Hall, which gives visitors a peek into marine life. Once you’ve completed your visit to the aquarium a leisurely walk along the boardwalk will take you past quirky local restaurants such as Ruby’s. If you want to enjoy an adult drink, the nearby Coney Island Brewery is the place to be. While you won’t find anything on the menu but beer, you will get to try beers you can’t find anywhere else.
Much closer to Manhattan, another fun thing to do in Brooklyn is to see and even walk the Brooklyn Bridge. It affords you gorgeous views of New York Harbor and an up-close look at one of the longest suspension bridges in the country. Open since 1883; the bridge is officially a historic landmark. You can walk, drive or even ride a bike over the bridge, an experience many New Yorkers have proudly completed. Below are a couple of links to tours and operators that make this easy.
The neighborhood located below the bridge is among Brooklyn’s trendiest. DUMBO is an acronym for directly under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass. It is a favorite among locals for its quirky residents and outdoor events. This is one place where you can truly experience what it is like to live in New York City’s largest borough. The Brooklyn Bridge Park is a great place to catch an outdoor movie on a beautiful summer night. You can also see performances by locals and even go kayaking at the bridge’s boathouse.
The 560,000 square foot Brooklyn Museum is a must-see for everyone. The art museum is the city’s second largest. Exciting events are regularly held at the museum. If you plan to visit just to see the exhibits note that the museum is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays while it stays open till 10 pm on Thursday nights online. Whenever you can make it there, you will be able to soak up the culture and find a new appreciation for art. For more see our post on the Brooklyn Museum here.
Brooklyn Children’s Museum
If you are bringing the family to visit, the Brooklyn Children’s Museum can be a fun experience. Its hands-on activities invite children as young as two to express themselves artistically. Interactive story times are a regular occurrence at the museum, with each activity designed to appeal to a broad range of children. There is even a special section of the museum dedicated entirely to toddlers.
Take a trip to downtown Brooklyn to experience a local favorite, Prospect Park. As Brooklyn’s second largest park, you’ll find that there is always something fun going on. With a zoo and a boathouse, spending a day at Prospect Park will put you in touch with nature like never before. As a nature conservancy, the zoo is dedicated to educating people about various animals and ensuring that each species lives a long and healthy life. The boathouse is where you will find the Audubon Center and a visitors’ center. Within the Audubon Center lies the only lake anywhere in Brooklyn. In addition, Prospect Park boasts a tennis center as well as fields and courts for baseball, soccer, and basketball. You aren’t likely to get bored when visiting Prospect Park with so many fun things to do. We have lots more on Prospect park here.
Brooklyn Academy of Music
The best place to enjoy some local tunes is, without a doubt, the Brooklyn Academy of Music. It hosts regular performances of opera and classical music but also presents modern stage shows and even African dance performances. It is also the home of Barn Rose Cinemas. While you can catch some new releases at this theater, it is just as well known for showing locally produced retrospectives and is often the site of music festivals that draw attendees from all over Brooklyn and beyond.
Brooklyn’s answer to New York City’s Madison Square Garden is the Barclay Center. The arena hosts everything from concerts to sporting events and is a huge attraction among locals. Its central location in downtown Brooklyn means that it is easy to find and is surrounded by stores, bars, and restaurants. It’s not too far from the famous Juniors, a local restaurant known for cheesecake that you won’t find at any other eatery.
Every neighborhood in Brooklyn has something to offer. The fun things mentioned above don’t begin to scratch the surface of activities throughout the borough. With local bars and restaurants that offer up a taste of life in the city, neighborhoods like Bay Ridge and Williamsburg are becoming increasingly trendy every year. Brooklyn is best known for both its pizza and its bagels, which you can acquire in plenty of the dining establishments you will come across. Eating your way through Brooklyn can be just as fun as seeing the sights. Whatever you choose to do in Brooklyn you will find places and activities you will want to experience again and again. The heart of Brooklyn can be found in its many entertainment options, no matter what your interests are.
Tours and operators that make visiting Brooklyn easy
- Brooklyn Double-decker Bus Tour
- Brooklyn Bridge Walking Tour
- Brooklyn Bridge Bike Tour – 2 Hours
- Brooklyn Bridge Bike Rentals