Explore Brooklyn's scenic treasure, designed by Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux after their completion of Central Park. Learn why Olmsted and Vaux came to prefer this park to their original Manhattan masterpiece. Come discover Brooklyn!
This walking tour begins at historic Grand Army Plaza, where you'll see the famous Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Arch. From there, we'll begin our journey of the highlights of Prospect Park. We'll journey past the Long Meadow, the best people-watching spot in Brooklyn, toward the famous Picnic House. From there, we continue into the Ravine, Brooklyn's only forest. Other sites we'll see include the children's carousel near the zoo, the Lefferts Historic House, the Prospect Park Boathouse and Audubon Center, beautiful arches and bridges, before finally ending at the restored Lakeside Center.
This park feels much more alive than its Manhattan counterpart, with baseball games, barbecuing, drummers grove, the dog beach, and tons of Brooklyn energy.
Along the way, your guide will recount the history of Olmsted and Vaux's Brooklyn masterpiece and how their experiences with Central Park shaped this park's trajectory. Hear how Vaux's decision to scrap the original plan led to the creation of the nearby Brooklyn Museum and Brooklyn Botanic Garden. Learn the history of this land in Brooklyn, from Dutch farming to Revolutionary War battles! You'll discover a new appreciation for Brooklyn and its amazing history and cultures. Your guide will also take questions as you go, to help you feel right at home.
This tour operates year-round, so you can experience Prospect Park in Winter beauty, Spring blooms, Summer frenzy, and Fall colors.
Cost: $25 a person for a 2-hour tour.
[Available select Sundays only. Inquire for private tours on other dates.]