Heading to New York’s most famous neighborhood? Here are the coolest things to do in Brooklyn: Where to go, what to do and why.
Forget about the days when New York City was just another way to say “Manhattan.” Brooklyn is the cultural capital of the U.S., maybe even the world. Wherever your interests lie, whatever quirks you have, you’ll find your honeypot between Bushwick and Bay Ridge.
Brooklyn is for the hipsters and the nerds, the families and the singles, the students and artists, for the old and young. It’s a melting pot and one of those once-in-a-lifetime-places that should be on everyone’s bucket list.
There’s an insane number of amazing things to do in Brooklyn, frommusic shows and dance spots to the hippest bars, coffee shops and some of the most innovative restaurants in the world. The only difficult thing about visiting Brooklyn is figuring out what it is you want to do.
There are simply too many choices to be made! And believe me when I say the more you see and learn of Brooklyn, the more you’ll want to see and learn. It’s the place to go to if you want to have the time of your life. OK, I might be a little biased, after spending two very exciting years of my life in the epicenter of coolness.
To make your life a little easier, I’ve picked a few local favorites you shouldn’t miss out on. These are certainly some of the best things to do in Brooklyn!
10.) See a Live Performance in Prospect Park
Prospect Park‘s open-air events and attractions might be some of the best things to do in Brooklyn. Throughout spring to fall, a variety of performances and festivals are hosted in Prospect Park.
Great music in the great outdoors, huge names routinely performing all summer long. And the best part? All this happens for free, for the most part. Check out the current event schedule right here.
Come during the week, when the park is less crowded. Begin your journey at Grand Army Plaza, the northernmost entrance to the park. The area is strewn with benches, inviting you to have an ice cream or coffee, relax and excessively people-watch.
In the center of the plaza stands the impressive Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Memorial Arch – a great Instagram moment on your Brooklyn trip. Continue your way down to the Long Meadow for a game of Frisbee or just to catch some rays.
On busy days, there are plenty of spots to settle in for a picnic or to play soccer, and among a ton of relaxed Brooklynites, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to make new friends. Closer to the southern end of the park, you’ll find less crowded places.