The 9 Best Parks in Brooklyn

Because we're all living in parks these days, right?

For many residents of New York City's five boroughs, quarantine has meant either going stir-crazy indoors or making their nearest park their new home.

Brooklynites might not have easy access to the more famous Central Park, but that doesn't mean they can't enjoy the outdoors: The borough is home to over 40 parks, both big and small, for longtime residents and newcomers alike to soak up the sun.

Filled with history, sports amenities, and lots of space to get some much-needed fresh air, Brooklyn's 2.5 million residents have been turning to these parks to help maintain their sanity when self-quarantining gets rough. Below, we've listed our nine favorite parks in Brooklyn to help us get through the summer.

9. Herbert Von King Park

Bedford-Stuyvesant isn't known for their nature, but the tiny-yet-mighty Herbert Von King gives its residents a great little slice of the outdoors. A dog run, a baseball field, amphitheater, and plenty of space to barbecue make Herbert Von King one of the neighborhood's best attractions.

8. Maria Hernandez Park

Bushwick might not get the same Manhattan views as its waterside peers, but that doesn't mean they have to miss out on beautiful parks. Located in the heart of the neighborhood, Maria Hernandez Park maintains a slice of Bushwick's history as a sprawling farmland. Filled with trees, play areas, dog runs, and more, this park is a hotspot for the neighborhood's rich culture.

7. Domino Park

The site of Domino Park comes with a prosperous history. In 1856, the Domino Sugar Refinery was the world's largest sugar refinery, playing a major role in the development in Williamsburg. Now, neighborhood residents enjoy the elevated walkways and boardwalk that give way to picture-perfect views of Manhattan. Complete with sand volleyball, plenty of seating to sunbathe, and a taco stand, Domino Park is a perfect blend of the great outdoors with city living.

WNYC Transmitter Park

A recent addition to Brooklyn's parks, WNYC Transmitter Park opened in 2012 to add even more beautiful outdoor space to the Greenpoint community. Bordering the East River, this park is open for fishing, recreation, and children's areas. It might be small, but it's a well-kept secret spot for a dose of outdoor bliss.

5. Fort Greene Park

Brooklyn's first-ever park is booming with history. Rolling slopes, massive trees, and various events year-round bring even more life to Fort Greene Park's rich revolution-era legacy.

4. Brooklyn Bridge Park

Brooklyn Bridge Park might be a common go-to for tourists and wedding photoshoots, but even if you're a local, the views at this DUMBO park don't ever get old. Besides stunning panoramas of the East River, you can also find a rollerskating rink, the historic Jane's Carousel, and award-winning concessions.

3. Owl’s Head Park

For many Brooklynites, Owl's Head is too far of a trek away to make it a regular spot, but Bay Ridge residents flock to this local waterside park by the numbers. Whether you're looking for beautiful views, a picnic, a bike ride, or playgrounds for little ones, Owl's Head has it all.

2. McCarren Park

Tucked away in the quaint border of Greenpoint and Williamsburg, McCarren Park is a favorite destination of families born in the neighborhood and young renters alike. Here, you'll find courts and fields for endless games of tennis, soccer, and basketball, as well as a skatepark that stays lit after dark.

1. Prospect Park

Our No. 1 spot is pretty obvious: spanning 586 acres, Prospect Park is the best place to sprawl in the grass in Brooklyn and escape the borough's bustle. Sprawling with trees and a manmade watercourse, you'll also find an ice rink, a band shell, a carousel, various sports amenities—plus hundreds of Brooklynites soaking up the great outdoors.

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Finally, we are done with 2020! Between all the highs and lows, it felt like 5 years packed into one, so I'm excited to start fresh in 2021. I'm taking my New Year's resolutions to the next level: cook more, read more, and get back to things I truly love like arts & crafts and morning runs (okay, most likely walks).

Honestly, I could go on forever about the new year, new me thing but actually getting started is my biggest hurdle. I realized that my motivation comes from my mood which directly relates to my environment … and for the past year, my house has been my habitat. So, it's not looking too great after all the wear and tear. The dirt and the mess have accumulated right under my nose.

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Given the nature of the pandemic, it can be tough to find the best ways to spend the usual festivities that New Year's Eve brings.

Luckily, if you're comfortable enough to step outside for the occasion, there are great places still open and worth visiting. Although you should always keep COVID-19 safety precautions in mind, here are three of the most stunning places to spend Near Year's Eve in the U.S.

New York City (New York)

No guide to stunning places to spend New Year's Eve in the U.S. would be complete without the presence of New York City, New York. The Times Square ball drop is a must-see annual event, though this year it will be a bit different due to the pandemic. Thankfully, the city will still be throwing an event for all to enjoy that will keep social distancing in mind and focus on bringing people together virtually.

While there might be live events for some to enjoy, none have been officially announced just yet. Even if you're enjoying the festivities virtually, there are few better places to spend this special occasion than at the tip of the NYC skyline.

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Lake Travis (Texas)

Lake Travis is a brilliant body of water in Texas that provides a versatile collection of ways to enjoy its beauty. If you'd prefer to keep your party secluded due to the pandemic, you can enjoy the evening on a boat in the waters of this lake, which is home to the famous "Devil's Cove" party destination.

If you're comfortable spending the evening in a venue that practices COVID-19 safety precautions, consider relaxing on one of the three decks on display at The Oasis. Even if you don't stick around to ring in the New Year, viewing the sunset from The Oasis is an incredible experience in itself.

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Cape Cod (Massachusetts)

If you're looking for a quainter way to ring in the new year, consider visiting Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Aside from the cool weather and stunning scenery, when spending New Year's Eve in Cape Cod you can visit places such as the Belfry Inn & Bistro. This lovely location has a focus on good dining, stylish and comfortable living, and COVID-19 safety, all of which they put on display via their website.

If you'd prefer not to spend too much time in a restaurant or bar, you can indulge in the incredible appearance of areas like Martha's Vineyard or Nantucket. Simply wandering around the area and taking in the scenery before enjoying an intimate evening inside makes for an unforgettable adventure.

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Due to the ever-changing nature of certain venues during the pandemic, be sure to regularly check-up on any venues you wish to visit. That way, you can remain in the loop on their availability, activities, and safety precautions upon arrival.