At a vast 585 acres, Prospect Park is a natural oasis in the middle of New York City's most populous borough. The Brooklyn landmark has everything you'd want in a park and more: playgrounds, baseball fields, sprawling lawns, duck ponds, performance spaces, even forests and waterfalls. The same men who designed Central Park put Prospect Park on the map in 1876. Like the Manhattan landmark, Prospect Park, too, is a green haven that feels far away from the big city.
One of Prospect Park's most memorable features is the Long Meadow, a serene stretch of grassy slopes near Grand Army Plaza that is the largest meadow in any U.S. park. On a warm day, the Meadow is filled with people sunbathing, flying kites, picnicking, and playing catch. Children and adults alike will love the Prospect Park Zoo, home to more than 80 animal species, including sea lions, kangaroos, pandas, and baboons. At the Audubon Center, a gorgeous and expansive Beaux-Arts building on the Lullwater Lake, visitors can learn about the diverse natural habitat of the Park through innovative technology and hands-on exhibits.
At 60 acres, Prospect Lake is Brooklyn's only lake. The Park is also home to the borough's last-remaining natural forest, which includes nature trails and a man-made waterfall. There are vast amounts of plant and wildlife throughout the Park, with over 30,000 trees and 200 species of birds. Recently, thousands of volunteers planted 200,000 more trees and herbaceous plants in hopes that the natural ecosystem of the Park will become self-sustainable during coming years.
A slew of cultural activities throughout the year take place in Prospect Park, too. The New York Philharmonic Orchestra plays free outdoor concerts in the summer on the Long Meadow, while the Celebrate Brooklyn! Performing Arts Festival hosts popular musicians at the Bandshell. For athletes, there are countless tennis courts, ball fields, and, during the winter, an ice-skating rink. Prospect Park offers limitless activities and natural serenity within the hustle and bustle of the city. Even for those who don't reside in Brooklyn, this park is truly one of the most beautiful outdoor spots in the city and well worth the short trip from Manhattan.
- Prospect Park spans a large area in Central Brooklyn and has numerous locations and subway stops. We recommend looking at the interactive map on their website: www.prospectpark.org/visit/interactive_map to decide which is the easiest entrance for you. Below we've compiled a list of subways that stop at or near the Park and the closest entrances.
- Subway Stops:
- Q, S or B to Prospect Park; enter at Empire Blvd. and Flatbush Ave., or Lincoln Rd. and Ocean Ave.
- Q to Parkside Ave.; enter at Ocean Ave. and Parkside Ave.
- 2 or 3 Eastern Parkway-Brooklyn Museum; enter at Eastern Parkway and Washington Ave.
- 2 or 3 to Grand Army Plaza; enter at Eastern Parkway and Flatbush Ave.
- F to 15th St.-Prospect Park; enter at Prospect Park West and Prospect Park Southwest
- F to Fort Hamilton Parkway; enter at Greenwood Ave. and Prospect Park Southwest
- F to 7th Ave.; enter at 9th St. and Prospect Park West