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3 Days in Brooklyn for Families

Organisiert von Miriam Colemana 20-year resident of Brooklyn raising two kids in the borough.

I’ve lived in Brooklyn nearly my entire adult life, but raising two kids in this beautiful borough has turned me on to a new dimension of fun. This densely populated, diverse land is full of warmth and adventure, with thoughtfully designed children’s attractions alongside historic mainstays that anyone will love.

Classic city institutions like the New York Transit Museum and the Brooklyn Children’s Museum are wonderful spots for indoor adventures, but the borough’s incredible parks always hold a top spot on my family’s agenda. The recent crop of waterfront parks such as Domino and Brooklyn Bridge Park are a great bet for visiting families, since they combine views with innovative play structures and great food options. Here’s how to make the most of your visit here with kids.

If you visit in the summer, be prepared for heat, humidity, and thunderstorms.

If you only have time for one thing, make it the century-old Jane’s Carousel, with its views of the Manhattan skyline.

Day 1

Get your bearings at Brooklyn Bridge Park, where dramatic bridge crossings and views of the Manhattan waterfront transmit the city's energy. Start among the cobblestone streets of Dumbo and swing by Jane's Carousel. Stop for lunch at Time Out Market, which offers everything from ramen to bagels, and then follow the waterfront path to the playgrounds on the park's other end. It's a long walk for little legs, so consider a family bike ride.

Take a ferry to the historic waterfront neighborhood of Red Hook for dinner and Statue of Liberty views. Dining options include Thai, barbecue, and seafood.

Day 2

Prospect Park is the heart of South Brooklyn. Visit the petite but excellent Prospect Park Zoo near another of Brooklyn’s historic carousels. Follow the ring road up to the Nature Play Area, and then walk to Grand Army Plaza, which hosts one of the city’s best Greenmarkets on Saturdays.

Walk two blocks from Grand Army Plaza to reach the Brooklyn Museum, with a world-class art collection that'll capture anyone’s imagination. Finish with dinner at a restaurant on nearby Vanderbilt Avenue. In summer, streets close to traffic so kids can run wild while you relax with pad thai and a cocktail.

Day 3

End your Brooklyn journey at Coney Island, where the kitschy, carnival vibes have drawn visitors for more than a century. Before entering Luna Park (seasonal), start your day at the New York Aquarium. My little dudes love the new sharks and invertebrates exhibits.

Take a stroll down Riegelmann boardwalk and grab a Nathan's Famous hot dog. From spring through early fall, you can ride the historic Cyclone rollercoaster and Wonder Wheel, but I love Coney Island’s atmosphere and beach views in the off-season. For dinner, walk inland a few blocks for Russian, Georgian, or Uzbeki food in Brighton Beach.

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