5 Things to Do on Your First Trip to Brooklyn

You haven’t really seen all of New York City until you’ve spent some time in Brooklyn. NYC’s most populous borough is also quickly becoming one of its most beloved, and with so much to do within its boundaries, we can’t say that we’re all that surprised. If you’re planning your first trip to BK, check out these five locations while your exploring the turf. Chances are Brooklyn might become your new favorite borough too!

Things to Do in Brooklyn: Prospect Park (Prospect Park)

Prospect Park


Designed by the same man behind Central Park, Prospect Park is Brooklyn’s crowned jewel when it comes to enjoying nature. Made up of 526 acres, you can easily spend an entire day getting lost in Prospect Park’s fields, trails, and woodsy areas. A 3.35-mile loop surrounds the park for runners and cyclists alike, and you’ll even find Prospect Park Zoo, Prospect Park Carousel, and Prospect Park Lake within its sprawling borders. 95 Prospect Park W., 718-965-8951,

Things to Do in Brooklyn: Coney Island (Coney Island)

Coney Island


Coney Island is one of Brooklyn’s most iconic locations in the entire borough, housing the famed Coney Island Beach & Boardwalk. You’ll find over 50 rides and attractions at Coney Island, including the Wonder Wheel and the wooden Coney Island Cyclone rollercoaster. Thousands of locals and tourists alike flood to the beaches of Coney Island during the warmer months, and between Easter and Halloween you’ll find its attractions in full swing. 1000 Surf Ave., 718-372-0275,

Things to Do in Brooklyn: Brooklyn Museum (Prospect Heights)

Brooklyn Museum  

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Not only is the Brooklyn Museum’s exterior something to stare in awe of, but you’ll find an extensive and comprehensive collection within its front doors. Everything ranging from Egyptian masterpieces and African art to European paintings and period rooms are included in this museum’s permanent collection. The Brooklyn Museum’s mission is “to act as a bridge between the rich artistic heritage of world cultures”, and you can bet that it’s accomplishing that mission in tenfold. 200 Eastern Pkwy., 718-638-5000,

Things to Do in Brooklyn: Green-Wood Cemetery (Green-Wood Cemetery)

Green Wood Cemetery

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The Green-Wood Cemetery is a National Historic Landmark that covers 478 acres of New York City’s coveted turf. Self-guided tours are free with maps available at every cemetery entrance. Famous residents include Jean-Michel Basquiat, William Magear “Boss” Tweed, and Henry Chadwick, and you’ll see one of the country’s largest outdoor collections of statues and mausoleums. You might not expect a cemetery to be at the top of your “to-do” list, but Green-Wood will completely change your perspective with its grandiose marble sculptures, granite monuments, and cast-iron signs. 500 25th St., 718-768-7300,

Things to Do in Brooklyn: Brooklyn Heights Promenade (Brooklyn Heights)

Brooklyn Promenade

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The Brooklyn Heights Promenade provides the perfect photo op thanks to towering backdrop of Manhattan’s Financial District that is directly across the East River from it. Made famous in classic films like Annie Hall and Moonstruck, you can find romance, inspiration, and whatever else you’re looking for during a Brooklyn afternoon while strolling down this beloved walkway. A series of benches will also let you take a load off your feet if you’ve been trekking around the city all day long. Columbia Heights, 212-639-9675,

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