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Prospect Park

Brooklyn, New York

Chipmunk, Boy Fishing, Scenic of Prospect Park Lake

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One of the most diverse parks in New York City, you can enjoy numerous recreational and cultural attractions, as well as viewing reptiles, amphibians and dozens of forest and water bird species in this unique mixture of woods, wetlands, ponds and a lake created by the same team that designed Central Park.

Wildlife to Watch

  • Red-tailed and other migratory hawks
  • Black-crowned night heron, great blue herons and green herons, great and snowy egrets
  • American coot and wigeon, mallards, pied-billed grebe, Canada geese, and many other varieties of migrating waterfowl
  • Various migrating warblers and other forest songbirds
  • Red-bellied, downy and hairy woodpeckers
  • Chipmunks (only remaining population in Brooklyn)
  • Largemouth bass and other familiar freshwater fish species
  • Snapping turtles and painted turtles, spotted salamanders, wood frogs, Fowler's toads and spring peepers

Where to Watch

  • Freshwater wetlands
  • Forests and meadows
  • Glacial kettle ponds and the open water of the lake

Recreational Opportunities

  • Hiking, including several photography and birding lookouts, and interpretive signs on trails
  • Fishing, paddle boat rentals, and ice skating
  • Bicycling, horseback riding, picnic grounds and a carousel
  • Audubon Center (educational programs)
  • Prospect Park Zoo and Botanical Garden (fees charged)
  • Sports facilities and accessible playgrounds

Accessible Features

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This New York City Department of Parks and Recreation site has accessible features that include a nature center. A full list of DEC's accessible recreation destinations is available on the DEC website.


526 acres (208 acres of which are set aside as "Forever Wild")


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Contact Information

Telephone: 718-965-8951

Address: 95 Prospect Park West, Brooklyn, NY 11215

Website: Prospect Park (This link leaves DEC's website)

Photo Credits: DEC and New York City Department of Parks and Recreation