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What to Do in Brooklyn This Summer

With all there is to do and see in the boroughs of New York City, Brooklyn often gets unjustly overshadowed by Manhattan. Known for its artists, writers, and musicians, Brooklyn is where you go when you want to take a break from the hustle and bustle of Manhattan, while immersing yourself in the beloved borough’s unique culture and individual charm. There’s no shortage of entertaining experiences to have in Brooklyn, and these five activities provide a great way for you to explore the borough during the summer.

Best of NYC Brooklyn Summer Activities: Brooklyn Museum (Prospect Heights)


The Brooklyn Museum is the crowned jewel of, well, Brooklyn museums, making it a must-visit during your visit to the borough. Currently exhibiting Georgia O’Keeffe: Living Modern through July 23, which focuses on the artist’s wardrobe as a way of examining her life, you’ll want to be sure to stop in soon. As for the rest of the summer, the museum will have We Wanted a Revolution: Black Radical Women, 1965-85, an exhibition looking at the second wave of feminism through art on display to visitors (through Sept. 17). 200 Eastern Pkwy., 718-638-5000, brooklynmuseum.org

Best of NYC Brooklyn Summer Activities: Prospect Park (Prospect Park)

Parks aren’t just for kids, but Prospect Park is likely to make you feel as free and happy as you did during your childhood summers. You can walk, bike, rent paddle boats, play baseball… There aren’t many summer activities you can’t do here. Most exciting of all, every Sunday through October, Prospect Park hosts Smorgasburg in partnership with the Brooklyn Flea, bringing nearly 100 vendors and their mouth-watering food to one place. 95 Prospect Park W., 718-965-8951, prospectpark.org

Best of NYC Brooklyn Summer Activities: New York Transit Museum (Downtown Brooklyn)

 

No matter what comes to mind when you think of New York City, it’s almost guaranteed that its subway system will make an impression. The New York Transit Museum offers the chance to learn about the history of the city’s famous transit system with its numerous exhibits and collections. This summer you can see Next Stop: Second Avenue Subway, which showcases the story of how this recent addition fits into the ongoing narrative that is New York transit. While you’re there, don’t miss the Vintage Fleet they have on display below ground-level. Boerum Pl. Schermerhorn St., 718-694-1600, nytransitmuseum.org 

Best of NYC Brooklyn Summer Activities: Coney Island (Coney Island)

Take a stroll down the boardwalk, take a dip in the Atlantic, take a spin on one of the countless coasters and rides, or take a bite out of the great grub: it’s impossible to do Coney Island the “wrong” way. Summer days at this amusement park are filled with joy and memories that will last a lifetime. The rides range from mellow to terror-inducing, so there’s something for everyone whether you’re more of a Wonder Wheel rider or Cyclone fan. Afterwards, make sure you try one of Nathan’s Famous Hot Dogs. 1000 Surf Ave., coneyisland.com

Best of NYC Brooklyn Summer Activities: The Brooklyn Brewery (Williamsburg)

 

It’s summer, it’s hot, and, you’re in need of a refreshingly cool drink to remind you why you love these months so much. The Brooklyn Brewery has you covered. Open Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays with admission to their Tasting Room, as well as tours, this brewery is the perfect location to enjoy some air conditioning. You can also schedule weekday tours if you want to learn about the history of the brewery, drink some delicious beer, and walk away with a souvenir glass. 79 N. 11th St., 718-486-7422, brooklynbrewery.com

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