Top Five Kid-Friendly Spots to Visit in Brooklyn
Just across the river from the concrete jungle of Manhattan is a wonderland called Brooklyn. One of New York City’s five boroughs, Brooklyn is known for amazing family-friendly places to explore, but you won’t get to all these gems on foot or by bus. Brooklyn’s parking is notoriously impossible, and taking public transit can exhaust your tribe before they even arrive. Using Uber’s Family Profile feature, you can streamline a divide-and-conquer touring strategy so everyone gets to visit their favorites from this list of top five kid-friendly activities.
The Brooklyn Children’s Museum
The United States’ first children’s museum has come a long way since 1899, housing interactive exhibits where children (and parents) can climb, splash, pretend, and experiment. These cultivated play areas entice kids to spend hours constructing block cities, working out the group dynamics of running a diner, or just touching the running water. If you don’t mind crowds, visit during the weekly free admission hours. (145 Brooklyn Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11213)
Brooklyn Bridge Park at Pier 6
Great waterfront cityscape views are the backdrop to this recently developed park that boasts five playground areas, sand volleyball pits, and even a dog run. The playgrounds, created in consultation with experts on natural learning, boast serious wow-factors—not just a sandbox, but a sandbox village; not just a sprinkler, but a water jet field; not just a swing set, but an entire swing valley. Your little kids may never want to leave. (Brooklyn Bridge Park Greenway, Brooklyn, NY 11201)
The ferry to this historic island leaves conveniently from Pier 6 during summer weekends, and bikes are the best way to explore. Rent Citi Bikes on Atlantic Avenue and Furman Street to tour the island’s 2.2-mile promenade, stopping to wander through The Hills, eat in Picnic Park, or experience one of their many festivals, performances, or art exhibitions. If you’re visiting out of season, bike up the Greenway to check out the other piers. (Pier 6, Brooklyn Bridge Park Greenway, Brooklyn, NY 11201)
Prospect Park Zoo
Don’t miss these 12 acres of zootopia in the middle of Brooklyn, perfect for children 10 and under. The zoo has red pandas, an aviary, barn animals, and more—all centered around a sea lion court. Top off your visit with a ride on the carousel. (450 Flatbush Avenue, New York, NY 11225)
New York Aquarium
Seals, walruses, sharks, and turtles make this a perfect aquarium for little ones. Plus, the 4D Theater, included with the price of admission, scores high on kids’ thrill meters. You’ll like that the aquarium is small enough to experience everything in a few hours. If you rode with Uber to avoid worrying about parking meters, you’ll have plenty of time to buy a hotdog at Nathan’s and spend some time on Brooklyn’s famous Coney Island boardwalk and beach. (602 Surf Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11224)
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