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Prospect Park NYC

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To call Prospect Park just a park is a bit misleading, as it may not give visitors a real clue as to what lies within its 585 acres. Residents and visitors alike think of this part of the city as a park, but it’s actually a living, breathing wetland and so much more. Spending any amount of time within Prospect Park might just be enough to make you forget that you are smack bang in the center of one of the largest cities in the world.

There is a reason why so many people seek out Prospect Park when they want to escape the hustle and bustle of the city for an hour or two. At the heart of the green space is a manmade wetland that was more than 30 years in the making. It’s not the only place in the park where you might spy some wildlife, though, as there is also a zoo in the park that the entire family is sure to get a real kick out of.

While the park is viewed by many as a place to go and relax, it also houses a number of recreational facilities for residents and visitors to take advantage of. You can choose to go hiking around the numerous trails in the park, or perhaps you might prefer to strap on the skates and hit the ice rink once the cooler months roll around.

More than 8 million visitors visit Prospect Park every year, but with so much space to fill, you will still be able to experience some real serenity when you visit this most beautiful area of Brooklyn.


Address/Map:  Brooklyn New York, NY 11225
Phone: (718) 965-8951
Website: Plan your visit to Prospect Park
Admission to Park:  Free
Admission to Zoo:
Adults $8.00; Children (3–12) $5.00;
Seniors (65+) $6.00; Children under 3 are free!