8 Summer Fun Activities in Brooklyn, NY

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Looking for fun stuff to do in Brooklyn, NY this summer? Wanna get outdoors and enjoy the sunshine?

It’s summer in Brooklyn. Finally!

That means it’s time to get outdoors and enjoy the sun, the heat, the warm breeze. But what is there to do in Brooklyn during the summer?

Well, here are some

Summer fun activities in Brooklyn…

1. Catch a Movie in the Park!

Just imagine yourself with your date, or the family, sitting on a blanket in the park.

Maybe you remembered to bring a picnic basket? What if you could watch a movie with the NYC skyline in the background?

Yeah, it’s totally doable!

Every Thursday evening (6pm), from July 7th through August 25th, you can do just that. It’s the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy’s annual Movies with a View series.

So pack up some popcorn, a chair or blanket, and stake a claim on the lawn for a night at the movies!

2. Stretch Your Mind and Hamstrings

We could all use a little yoga, right?

How long do we spend at our desk every day of the week? Or standing in one place, bent over a hot stove, or digging ditches?

No matter your job, it’s probably not doing your body any favors. Not to mention the stress…

If you wanna lower your stress, relax, learn to breathe, meditate, while limbering up your overworked body, then come on out for Sunset Abhaya Yoga in the park!

Classes run every Tuesday evening, from early May through late September, 6:00pm-7:00pm at the Pier 3 Lawn, Brooklyn Bridge Park!

You don’t have to be able to twist yourself into a pretzel to do it, either, so don’t worry.

3. Paddle for Health and Fun, for Free!

Imagine paddling a kayak around the Brooklyn Bridge Park embayment with the city in the background?

What if it was free?

Well, it is!

You need advanced reservations, but the Brooklyn Bridge Park Boathouse is offering kayaking sessions for all ages! (Kids under 18 must be accompanied by an adult guardian)

Wednesdays and Thursdays, from 5pm to 7pm.

Saturdays 10am to 3pm.

Sundays they have a family program from Noon to 2:30pm, with safety boaters from The Kayak Foundation, who are trained to work with kids.

Grab your spot early (registration is open 2 weeks in advance).

4. Gaze at Galaxies Far Far Away…

Remember summers when you were a kid and you stretched out on the lawn in the backyard: fireflies flashing, crickets cricketing, just to stare up at the night sky and wonder at the immenseness of space…

Is that the Big Dipper?

How do I find the North Star?

Well, you can do it again, except in a much larger backyard, and with actual telescopes to see it all. And experts to answer those questions (without the use Google).

The Amateur Astronomers Association of New York will be holding FREE, Public Stargazing sessions at the Pier 1 Promenade in Brooklyn Bridge Park, two Friday nights per month.

No reservation needed. Bring the family, or come alone.

It is, of course, weather permitting.

Click here for the exact dates, and prepare to be amazed at the beauty of the Final Frontier!

5. Take Your Human for a Walk (Dogs only)

Does your human need to get up from their sofa, turn of YouTube, and get out into nature?

Maybe they need to stretch all four legs? Even the two they don’t walk on?

Then sling your leash at them, bark them into action, and drag them out to the new Dog Run at Prospect Park, in the Parade Ground, along Coney Island Avenue!

It’s a brand new, 7,000 square feet, fenced-in space just for humans, and dogs, where you can run and play with your canine compadres!

You can even ‘do your business’ without concern for ruining the grass or the dog-waste-resistent plants and shrubs. The anti-microbial turf lets your ‘business’ run right through without the need for detergents or deodorizers. How paw-some is that?

There are even benches for your lazy human to sit on while they watch you play.

What can you do?

Humans are hard to train…

6. It Ain’t Summer without the Beach!

When the sun beats down and the street tar begins to melt, there’s no substitute for cool, salty water and the sound of salty waves washing over white sand to calm the mind.

Head on over to Coney Island Beach this summer. It’s nearly 3 miles long, and while it will satisfy your longing for salt and surf, there are way more things to do, if catching rays and swimming with the fishes ain’t your thing.Coney Island amusements

You can play handball, beach volleyball, even basketball. There are playgrounds for the kids, and don’t forget all the amusement rides!

Grab a hot dog at Nathan’s Famous! It’s a world-famous, Brooklyn tradition!

7. Take Me Out to the Ball Game!

Is there anything more summery than baseball? The smell of the freshly cut grass and popcorn…

I mean, you’ve already had the hot dog. All you need is some baseball to complete your perfect Brooklyn summer day!

Just head on over to Maimonides Park to watch the Brooklyn Cyclones play!

Brooklyn was, during the early days of baseball, home to many innovations, including the first two enclosed baseball grounds dedicated to just baseball: Union and Capitoline.

This marked a shift from amateur sport to professional. The first paid admission baseball games, ever, took place here in Brooklyn!

The borough was the original home of the Brooklyn Dodgers (We won’t talk about them…)

Now it’s home to the Brooklyn Cyclones: a minor league farm team for the Mets!

If you’re in town during the season, make sure to come see the Cyclones!

And after the game, you’re gonna need some beer!

8. Beer & Pizza & Fun!: Circa Brewing Company

If you’re looking for the best, up-and-coming brewery and restaurant in Brooklyn, then you gotta pop over to Circa Brewing Company, and have a beer on our patio!beer and pizza at Circa Brewing Company, Brooklyn NY

What’s more summery than beer in the sunshine? Not much!

Did you know that Brooklyn once dominated beer brewing in the U.S.?

Totally true!

By 1879 there were over 40 breweries in Brooklyn. And by the early 1900s, 10% of all the beer brewed in the country was brewed in the borough.

Unfortunately, this dominance was lost during Prohibition. But today Brooklyn beer brewing is coming back strong. There are numerous craft breweries in the borough: over 20!

And Brooklyn is once again gaining dominance in quality, craft beer. The borough brought home 12 medals in 2022 at the New York State Craft Brewers Competition!

And guess who’s has the best Wheat beer in the whole state?

You got it, Circa Brewing Company!

Mike Kulha’s Spacelab Wheat brought home the Silver Medal (no gold was awarded this year).

Come in and taste our amazing brews, including our 2022 Award Winning, Spacelab Wheat!

We also have a new chef in the kitchen!

Ayaz Ahmed, a veteran chef with Michelin Star experience, is cooking up some new stuff for the menu. So while you’re here drinking beer, make sure to try our wood-fired pizza, wings, or something else amazing from our scratch kitchen!

Every Saturday in July, 2022, we’re celebrating our 5th Anniversary!  We’ll be hosting fun stuff all month!

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