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What to Do in Brooklyn
Whether you're new to Brooklyn or just looking for a nearby excursion, there's plenty to do in our borough. Consider these options when you want to play tourist in Brooklyn.
- Coney Island
Whether you want to spend the day at the amusement park, enjoy live entertainment or swim at the beach, Coney Island offers fun for the whole family. While the most activity runs from Memorial Day to Labor Day, you can munch a hot dog while strolling along the boardwalk or visit the nearby New York Aquarium throughout the year.
- Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Take a break from the hustle and bustle of city life by spending a day at Brooklyn Botanic Garden. Explore at your own pace or take a free guided tour for a closer look at what's in season. The garden also hosts a variety of workshops and special events throughout the year.
- Brooklyn Museum
Brooklyn Museum showcases art from different regions of the world, including work by renowned artists such as Claude Monet and Pablo Picasso, and more. In addition to traditional art exhibits, Brooklyn Museum offers art classes, performances and programs for all ages.
Places to Visit Near Brooklyn
Planning a weekend road trip? Take a look at three destinations that are only a short drive from Brooklyn but offer experiences you won't find at home.
- Gillette Castle State Park
Owned and maintained by the State of Connecticut, Gillette Castle State Park features 184 acres that include hiking trails, wooded areas and scenic views, including a 24-room castle. Visitors can admire Gillette Castle's medieval design from the outside throughout the year, or tour the inside between Memorial Day weekend and Labor Day.
- Red Mill Museum Village
Journey back in time with a trip to Red Mill Museum Village in Clinton, New Jersey. Home to a wool mill in the 1800s, and later a flour mill and quarry, the site is now a museum that boasts more than 40,000 items that help tell the story of its operation for more than 100 years. Reenactments and other special events take place throughout the year.
- Fire Island
You don't have to travel far for an island getaway. Fire Island National Seashore, off the coast of Long Island, offers an escape for those who want to walk along the beach, explore sand dunes and observe wildlife. Visit the Fire Island Lighthouse to learn more about the island's history, and climb to the top for a bird's-eye view of the ocean and New York City skyline.