Brooklyn Children’s Museum is nestled next to beautiful Brower Park in the heart of Brooklyn. Perfect for picnicking and ideal for playground fun, Brower Park also includes basketball courts, comfortable benches, sprawling lawns, and towering trees. Brooklyn Children’s Museum is part of a culturally rich community, filled with many interesting attractions including those listed below.
The 52-acre Brooklyn Botanic Garden is a horticultural treasure. Highlights include the serene Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden, the Cherry Esplanade’s dazzling seasonal display of blossoms, the Lily Pool Terrace, featuring nearly one hundred varieties of water lilies, and the Steinhardt Conservatory’s lush exotic plants. No matter what the season, something is always in bloom.
The Brooklyn Museum, housed in a 560,000-square-foot, Beaux-Arts building, is one of the oldest and largest art museums in the country. Its world-renowned permanent collections range from ancient Egyptian treasures to contemporary art, and represent a wide range of cultures.
Located on Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn Public Library features a broad range of multimedia materials for adults and children. Among its outstanding departments are the Multilingual Center, the Youth Wing, and the Brooklyn Collection, an invaluable resource that contains more than 35,000 photographs, old Brooklyn Eagle newspapers, maps, and drawings.
The 50,000 square-foot Jewish Children’s Museum features interactive, multi-media exhibits designed to educate and entertain children of all backgrounds. The museum celebrates Jewish culture, history, and traditions, and enables children of all faiths to gain a positive perspective and awareness of Jewish heritage.
Prospect Park is a 526-acre oasis that is the masterpiece of the famed landscape architects Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux. The park includes a 60-acre lake, rolling meadows, and Brooklyn’s only forest. Families can enjoy an antique carousel, seasonal pedal boating, ice skating, guided nature walks, and horseback riding.
Prospect Park Zoo houses nearly four hundred animals living in environments that mirror their natural habitats.
Weeksville, an African American community founded in the mid-19th century, was a Brooklyn settlement of great national significance. Weeksville was "rediscovered" in 1968 when its four remaining dwellings were spotted from the air. These four houses have been restored with beautiful historical accuracy and are open to visitors.