Guests staying in the borough often have crossing the Brooklyn Bridge on their bucket list. The bridge was once the largest of its kind and remains impressive for the neo-gothic towers and 1.3-mile expanse. However, go early in the morning, or wait until later at night to avoid the daytime crowds. An early morning visit offers the chance to catch a spectacular sunrise. Venturing forth at night provides a memorable view of the lighted city skyline.
The Brooklyn Museum
The massive 560,000-square foot building remains the second-largest facility of its kind in NYC. The structure houses approximately 1.5 million pieces that encompass thousands of years of art. The antiquities from Egypt span more than 4,000 items that include historic sculptures and other artifacts. Galleries also display artworks from Africa. Other cultural art representations come from Asia and the Pacific Islands. The facility is proud of the collection that includes works created by Cezanne, Degas, Monet and other masters. Outdoors, visitors have the chance to stroll through the Memorial Sculpture Garden, which features historic architectural objects obtained from around NYC.
When desiring a break from the crowds found in Brooklyn, guests might consider venturing to the expansive 526-acre location. The varied landscape features everything from an extensive open meadow to a lush forest. The Ravine features a cascading waterfall and the 60-acre lake provides the chance to enjoy the waterfowl or explore the area by paddleboat. During the summer, concerts and shows are held at the bandshell and along the pathways. Youngsters can enjoy riding the historic carousel and visiting the animals at the zoo. Tour the historic Lefferts House or indulge in local cuisine at one of the many restaurants.
Brooklyn Botanic Garden
A Brooklyn Bus Tour may make a stop at the tranquil 52-acre garden. The design of the unique Visitor's Center features an eco-friendly portal roof filled with 45,000 plants. The location cares for thousands of plants, shrubbery and trees obtained from around the world. Highlights include a stop at the Japanese-Hill-and-Pond Garden and the Shakespeare Garden. During the spring, many turn out for the Sakura Matsuri Festival and the chance to see the dozens of cherry blossom trees in full bloom.
Brooklyn’s Children's Museum
Families sightseeing Brooklyn make a point of exploring the children's museum. The facility boasts a collection of 30,000 exhibits designed to amaze and intrigue youngsters. The vast number of displays range from dolls and fossils to masks and musical instruments. Children have fun learning about the city and other cultures while venturing through the miniature World Brooklyn. The cityscape includes an interactive Mexican bakery and an International grocery store.