A visit to Dyker Heights is a New York wintertime tradition, with both New Yorkers and out-of-state visitors flocking to this otherwise sleepy corner of southeast Brooklyn to admire its extravagant holiday light displays.
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Visitors to Prospect Park discover cobblestone paths, expansive lawns, and a beaux arts boathouse. Families enjoy the park's wheelchair-accessible carousel, designed in 1912, and the small zoo offering family-friendly activities. Though the park is enjoyable year-round, it truly comes alive in the summer. Visitors can attend free concerts, movie screenings, and food festivals weekly.
To get the most out of your visit, consider booking a walking tour. Small-group guided tours cover the park's history and highlights. Alternatively, Brooklyn hop-on hop-off bus tours often pass Prospect Park, so it's easy to explore. Private tours are also an option, though they tend to be pricier.
Things to Know Before You Go
Outdoor grills and picnic tables are available, so consider enjoying a meal alfresco.
Wear comfortable shoes, or hiking books, since walking is a must.
You'll want to be outside, so check a weather report before you go.
How to Get There
The top of Prospect Park is Grand Army Plaza, which has its own subway station serviced by the 2, 3, and 4 trains. At the southern end of the park are the Fort Hamilton Parkway Station, on the F and G lines, and the Parkside Avenue Station, on the Q line. Driving is also an option, though parking may be challenging because of alternate-side parking regulations. On Sundays, metered street parking is free.
When to Get There
The best time to visit Prospect Park is in spring and summer, with plants in bloom and a full events calendar. The park is also worth exploring in winter—lakes and pools freeze over, and the lawns are stunning with a dusting of snow. The park is open daily, though some attractions—including the Woodlands, playgrounds, and Parade Ground—close at sunset.
Ice Skating in the Park
The LeFrak Center at Lakeside, in the southeast corner of Prospect Park, is the perfect place for winter ice skating. The ice rink is open for skating seven days a week, and tickets and skate rentals are reasonably priced. Sports enthusiasts can also try curling. For families, special events happen often, including a Skate with Santa day in December.
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