The most well-known tourist destination in the New York City Metro Area is Manhattan. However, just crossing the bridge, or hopping on a train will bring you to Brooklyn. This area is a hidden gem and is capable of offering much excitement to visitors.
On The Grow
Recently Brooklyn received its very own basketball team and that is a major hint that this area is becoming a hot topic. Add in a brand new arena, a minor league baseball stadium, shopping malls, hotels, restaurants and what you have is the creation of a new tourist spot.
Miles Of Green With Beauty
What can be more relaxing than taking a stroll through nature or boating on a lake in the middle of a busy metropolis? If you think Brooklyn does not have these luxuries, then think again. When in search of recreation and relaxation, Prospect Park is available. The park can be considered the sister of Manhattan’s Central Park due to the fact that it was designed by the same designers, Calvert Vaux and Fredrick Law Olmsted.
Visitors can go row boating, shop at a farmer's market, hike trails, ride horses, enjoy a summer concert and take part in many other activities in this nature playground. In addition the park has its own zoo for those of you who are animal lovers.
Just a take a stroll across the street and you find the Botanical Gardens. Here you will find beautiful flowers in different themed gardens and picturesque scenery. Admiring the view and walking around can make anyone hungry. When this happens the garden has a cafe to feed any famished guest.
History and Learning
While in Brooklyn head to a museum. The Brooklyn Museum houses an impressive collection of art with roughly 1.5 million from around the world. The first Saturday of every month offers free art exhibits and other forms of entertainment such as: live music, dance performances, and panel discussions about art.
If you are traveling with young children and think they will despise seeing art exhibits, than be sure to take them to The Brooklyn Children's Museum. This is a complete hands on experience for toddlers to kids that are sixteen years old. Some exhibits offered at the museum are : sand box play, water tables, the building block room, and the sensory room for children with special needs. Newly added is the World Brooklyn exhibit, here children can visit miniature stores and prepare pretend food from other nations.
The subway system is a vital part of New York City but it can be a confusing maze, if you have ever wondered about its history, then take a trip to the transit museum. While here you will be able to board old subway cars and buses, you will also learn how the system works. The entire museum is located underground, this is a fitting choice since most of N.Y.C's transportation takes place under the streets.
To The Surf
When you are looking to relax and get some sun on a beach Brooklyn has you covered, the borough offers Brighton Beach for your pleasure. With nearly three miles of shore, Brighton Beach is a great place to unwind from the steamy summer city streets.
For Your Thrills
Next to the beach you will find the iconic amusement park Coney Island/Luna Park. Recent renovations have made this historic area more modern and the new rides will offer tons of fun for the entire family.
Feeling hungry after riding the roller coasters? Then grab a hot dog or two from the famous Nathan's which happens to be the very first franchise location. On July 4th, the well known Hot Dog Eating Contest is held here.
Located in the Coney Island area is the New York Aquarium. Here you will find amazing fish, and other sea life in an atmosphere that is relaxing and beautiful. Guests can witness feedings of penguins, otters, and walruses.
Celebration With Color
If you are visiting during Labor Day weekend, on Monday head to Grand Army Plaza and Eastern Parkway to witness the West Indian American Day Parade. There you will see the most beautiful colorful costumes and for this reason it is known as the most colorful parade in the city. You will also hear base pumping Caribbean music and taste the best food the West Indies has to offer. Be sure to wear comfortable shoes because you will be standing and perhaps walking many blocks. The festivities begin at 11 am and end at 6 pm. The parade route extends down Eastern Parkway from Utica Avenue to Prospect Park. However, the best viewing spots are located around the Plaza. If you are not a fan of crowds, then taking part in this celebration may not be the thing for you, as the area will get extremely crowd. If you do not mind other spectators around you than this parade is certainly worth checking out. Make sure to bring your camera and do not forget to snap a picture with one of the dancers in their spectacular costumes.
So the next time you visit New York City make sure to pay a visit to Brooklyn, it is bursting with fun.