Seven Things to Do in Prospect Park This Summer
Summer is here, and we’re ready to spend as many daylight hours as possible outdoors exploring our city. To escape the heat of the concrete, one of our favorite destinations is Brooklyn’s Prospect Park: 585 acres of rolling meadows, deep woods, and the borough’s only lake. There are some great events taking place in the park this summer, and Prospect Park Alliance—the non-profit that keeps Prospect Park green and vibrant—is offering a variety of ways to get the most out of this treasured green space. Here's our checklist of seven must-do activities.
1) Outdoor Movies
Get your picnic blanket and basket ready; summer movies are returning to Prospect Park's Long Meadow for four Wednesdays in July and August. The A Summer Movie Under the Stars series, presented by Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams and Prospect Park Alliance in partnership with Brooklyn’s Nitehawk Cinema, brings free family-friendly movies to Brooklyn's backyard to benefit the diverse communities who use the park. Head to the park for The Wizard of Oz (July 18), Alice in Wonderland (July 25), West Side Story (August 1), and Space Jam (August 8). Learn more and RSVP.
2) Prospect Park Yoga
Join Prospect Park Alliance, Bend + Bloom Yoga, and lululemon Brooklyn to celebrate summer with a free hour-long, yoga class every Thursday at 7:00 p.m. through August 30. Featuring some of Brooklyn's finest yoga teachers, this series gives attendees a chance to try free, outdoor group yoga classes in a beautiful, low-pressure environment. The series draws hundreds of Brooklynites out each week to celebrate yoga and wellness. Learn more and sign a waiver before your first class.
3) Fish, Brew & BBQ
On July 26 and August 30, join Prospect Park Alliance for an evening of fishing, live music, brews, and BBQ right in Brooklyn’s backyard! Prospect Park is one of the best spots for largemouth bass in NYC and summer is prime time for trying your hand at the sport. Don’t want to fish? Come socialize, listen to live music, and have a cold one on the dock with the beautiful park as your backdrop. Fishing rods, bait, and instruction will be provided. Learn more and get your ticket!
4) Nature at Night
Join Prospect Park Alliance for a evening stroll to see, hear, and learn about the mysterious urban wildlife in Prospect Park. Take a peek at the animal collection at the historic Prospect Park Boathouse, then explore the park with a local expert naturalist. Along the way, you could spot bats, raccoons, insects, birds, and amphibians. Get tickets today for family-friendly Nature at Night programs on June 28 and August 9 and a special firefly walk for adults on July 12.
5) NYRR Brooklyn R-U-N 5K
This July, take a new spin on the typical summer happy hour with a 5K loop in Prospect Park at the NYRR Brooklyn R-U-N 5K on Monday, July 16. Bring your friends, bring your coworkers—this unique weeknight race is something you won't want to miss. Keep the party going after the race with lawn games, food trucks, and more. Register today!
6) Prospect Park Running History Tours
On July 21 or August 18, #GetOutToRun with New York Road Runners at an NYRR Prospect Park Running History Tour, presented in partnership with Prospect Park Alliance. Starting from the historic Grand Army Plaza Arch and finishing at Bartel-Pritchard Square, you’ll be led by one of NYRR's Group Training coaches past several historical spots throughout Prospect Park, including the Dongan Oak Marker and Harry's Wall. Experience the park’s deep history at a comfortable (approximately 10:00 min/mile) pace that’ll allow for plenty of photo opps and questions along the 2.5-mile route. Learn more and RSVP today!
7) NYRR Group Training
Join NYRR in Prospect Park for NYRR Group Training! Geared toward runners of all levels, from newcomers to experienced competitive racers, these workouts offer coaching, camaraderie, and the inspiration that comes from running with others. Whether your goal is to become a runner, to run your first race, or to set a personal best, you’ll find a welcoming atmosphere that encourages you to pursue your goals and have fun. Learn more and sign up—the next session starts July 10!