Things to See & Do In Brooklyn

Some great ideas for things to see and do in Brooklyn

Brooklyn is New York City's most populous borough, and the second largest in area. Like Manhattan, Brooklyn is made up of neighborhoods -- each with their own culture and history. It is home to many great restaurants, shops and cultural institutions, making it a wonderful place to visit when you come to New York City. Check out our list of things to see and do in Brooklyn for some inspiration for your visit.

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    Brooklyn Bridge
    ••• Brooklyn Bridge. Heather Cross

    One of New York City's iconic landmarks, walking across the Brooklyn Bridge is a wonderful experience. If you want to walk across the entire span of the Bridge, I recommend going from Brooklyn to Manhattan -- watching the Manhattan skyline emerge as you walk across the Bridge is really amazing. Alternatively, you could experience both skylines unfolding if you walk from Manhattan to the halfway point and walk back.

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    Coney Island Parachute Jump
    ••• Coney Island Parachute Jump. Heather Cross

    Coney Island is just a train ride away from Manhattan, but it feels worlds apart. Busiest during the summer months, Coney Island feels equal parts beach escape and kitchy carnival.

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    Prospect Park
    ••• Prospect Park. Heather Cross

    Located in the heart of Brooklyn, Prospect Park welcomes 8 million visitors every year. The 585-acre Prospect Park was designed by Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux, who also designed Manhattan's Central Park. Prospect Park offers a wealth of activities and events throughout the year, making it a worthwhile destination for locals and visitors alike.

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    Have a Seat On A Vintage Subway Car

    Platform in the New York Transit Museum
    ••• Platform in the New York Transit Museum. Heather Cross, licensed to About.com

    The New York Transit Museum, located in Brooklyn Heights, offers visitors of all ages the opportunity to learn about the rich history of New York City's transit system. Vintage subway cars transport visitors back in time and the interactive exhibits are enjoyable for everyone from kids to grandparents.

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    One of the country's largest and oldest art museums, the Brooklyn Museum is easily accessible from Manhattan and is home to a world-class collection representing works from ancient Egypt to the present.

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    Cherry Blossom Festival at Brooklyn Botanic Garden
    ••• Cherry Blossom Festival at Brooklyn Botanic Garden. Heather Cross

    Celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2010, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden is one of New York City's top outdoor attractions. Whether you want to learn about horticulture, admire the beautiful gardens or simply enjoy a peaceful "escape" from the city, the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens is a great destination. It's particularly well-known for its annual Cherry Blossom Festival, but they host exhibitions and events year-round.

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    Brooklyn Children's Museum
    ••• Brooklyn Children's Museum.

    Opened in 1899, the Brooklyn Children's Museum was the first museum created specifically for children and inspired the creation of children's museums around the world. Since completing a major renovation and expansion in 2008, the Brooklyn Children's Museum offers a wonderful range of interactive exhibits and activities for children to enjoy and explore.

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    Sea Lion Encounter at New York Aquarium
    ••• Sea Lion Encounter at New York Aquarium. Photo by Julie Larsen Maher © WCS

    Located along the Boardwalk near Brooklyn's Coney Island, the New York Aquarium is New York City's only aquarium. With over 8,000 animals on exhibit, the New York Aquarium strives to educate visitors about aquatic ecosystems and encourage visitors to advocate for their preservation.