Prospect Park is a haven in the middle of Brooklyn’s hustle and bustle. This 585-acre park has many things to offer including a 60-acre lake and a zoo. Designed by Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux, who designed Central Park as well, Prospect Park is a great place that is worth exploring.
Grand Army Plaza
At the entrance of Prospect Park, you will find Grand Army Plaza and a huge monumental arch, which is a memorial to Union defenders in the Civil War. Bronze statues around the arch include a bust of John F. Kennedy and on Saturdays, there is a greenmarket in the plaza where you can buy fruits and vegetables, baked goods, and more.
The 90-acre Long Meadow, thought to be the longest continuous meadow in any U.S. park, stretches all the way from Grand Army Plaza to Prospect Park South West. In the summertime, the Long Meadow is a great place for picnicking, barbecuing, sunbathing, and relaxing. The Long Meadow has no defined borders and was intentionally designed this way to create a more natural feel than that of Central Park with its artificially defined spaces.
The Picnic House
The Picnic House is a large pavilion used to host parties and private events. The space can accommodate up to 250 people and is often used for weddings. The Picnic House has restrooms for park goers on the ground floor of the building and it is surrounded by picnic tables that can also be used for cookouts and private parties. During the summer, the Picnic House houses the Movable Feast Café, a seasonal venue where park goers can buy coffee, food, drinks, and snacks.
Another popular venue for hosting weddings in Prospect Park is the Boathouse. Built in 1905, this elegant structure is surrounded by nature with beautiful views of waterfalls, bridges, and paths. During the day, the building is open to the public and all private events are held after 7pm. The Boathouse can accomodate120 guests indoors and 225 guest outside with tents, if the guest so chooses. Events at the Boathouse are catered exclusively my Movable Feast Catering.
The Audubon Center
The Audubon center, located at the Boathouse, is the first urban Audubon center in the nation. Dedicated to wildlife preservation, the center offers a chance to explore nature in an interactive way through tours and special events. A calendar of events can be found on the Prospect Park website. The Audubon Center also houses the Songbird Café where patrons can purchase food, drinks, and snacks during regular business hours.
Other attractions in Prospect Park include the Prospect Park Zoo, which houses over 80 species of animals. Natural woodlands that contain over 30.000 trees has a wide variety of animal species, and the Bandshell, a venue for outdoor concerts, which has a 2000-seat plaza and can accommodate up to 5000 people on the surrounding lawn.
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