Brooklyn Bridge Park is a jewel in our fabulous city. There is so much to do and see there without spending a lot of money. If you’re traveling to New York with kids, you must spend a day playing there. No matter what time of year you visit, get outside and take in all of the fun (and the awe-inspiring views) that this great park has to offer. Here are five of my daughters’ favorite Brooklyn Bridge Park activities.
1. Jane’s Carousel
Jane’s Carousel is a beautiful, antique merry-go-round that is just as much a work of art as it is a source of entertainment for kids. The 48-horse carousel was built in 1922 for an amusement park in Ohio, but was restored and donated to Brooklyn Bridge Park in 2011. Today, you can find it in a gorgeous glass pavilion set on the East River.
2. Main Street Playground
If you have a pirate fan, you’ll want to check out Main Street Playground! Set under the picturesque backdrop of the Brooklyn Bridge itself, this nautical-themed playground has equipment decorated with sails and even has a boat-shaped sandbox. Going here is one of our favorite Brooklyn Bridge Park activities.
3. Pebble Beach
For sweeping views, Pebble Beach is just the spot. At the water’s edge, you can skip rocks on the water in between the Manhattan and Brooklyn bridges. Nearby is a lawn that’s perfect for picnics and lounging. Pebble Beach is known to be a great place for weddings, too.
4. Water Lab
Water Lab is the park’s most popular playground and it’s easy to see why! This water-jet field transports guests to a kid-friendly, fun-filled, tropical paradise. When it comes to Brooklyn Bridge Park activities, this should definitely be on your list.
5. Ample Hills Creamery
Parks and ice cream go hand-in-hand, but Ample Hills is no ordinary ice cream shop. Stop into this famous local chain to sample one of many of their unique flavors. They’re constantly creating and rotating new ones, like PB Wins the Cup, Chocolate Milk and Cookies, Salted Crack Caramel, and Snap, Mallow, Pop! just to name a few.
Parking Near Brooklyn Bridge
Parking near Brooklyn Bridge Park can be a challenge. It’s pretty limited, so take an Uber or taxi, or public transportation if possible. The park is completely accessible by ferry, subway, and bus. If you absolutely must drive your own vehicle, there’s some metered parking on Furman Street near Pier 2, but you certainly won’t be guaranteed to get a spot. There’s also a paid lot at Pier 6, on the south side of 360 Furman Street. Here are a couple more tips for parking near Brooklyn Bridge Park. If you plan to spend your time at Ample Hills or Water Lab, park in Brooklyn Heights. Park in DUMBO, however, if you’ll be spending more time at Jane’s Carousel or Pebble Beach. The BestParking mobile app is a godsend! Use it to search for the least expensive parking lots.
Brooklyn Bridge Park Restaurants
Once you’ve worked up an appetite, stop into any one of the fantastic eateries near the park. When it comes to Brooklyn Bridge Park restaurants, Grimaldi’s and Juliana’s are both great options for families who are in the mood for pizza, but the crowds can be pretty intense. Shake Shack is always a winner when my family is down for a burger and a shake sans the fast food feel. Upscale options for Brooklyn Bridge Park restaurants include Cecconi for Italian fare and 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge for smoothies and sandwiches.
About Carmen Sognonvi
Carmen Sognonvi is a luxury family travel content creator at Top Flight Family, named a top 10 family travel Instagram account by Time Out New York and Brit + Co. Her insights on travel have been featured in The Washington Post, INSIDER, Huffington Post, Wanderlust Travel Magazine, TravelPulse, HOTELS Magazine, and more. Carmen firmly believes that you can (and should) travel with your kids from a young age. She offers families practical solutions for travel, as well as tips on how to travel in luxury for less. She lives in New York City with her multiracial and multicultural family of four. Follow her on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.
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