So, you’re coming to Brooklyn! Awesome! Wondering what to do in New York’s best borough? There are so many things to see, do, eat, and drink here. How to choose? You probably won’t have time to do them all, so we sat down and picked out what we think are the top 5 things to do in Brooklyn.
I mean, really. Can you truly say you’ve been to Brooklyn, New York if you don’t spend some time marveling at our number one attraction?
The bridge, designed by John Augustus Roebling, opened in 1883, thanks to the sweat, labor, and lives of hardworking New Yorkers and Brooklynites. Roebling himself gave his life to the building of the bridge.
What all that blood and tears built is, in our opinion, the most beautiful bridge in the world, and at the time of its opening, the longest suspension bridge in the world. Though renovated and updated many times, it still stands as a monument to the human spirit, determination, and genius.
Designed by the same geniuses who brought Central Park to Manhattan, Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux, the park opened in 1867. It’s home to several amazing facilities, including, of course, the Prospect Park Zoo.
In the summer, you can sit on the grass and listen to free concerts. There are several sports facilities: tennis, basketball, soccer and baseball.
The park itself is the location of the famous Battle of Brooklyn (a.k.a., battle of long island) between the British and local, Continental forces who held back the Brits long enough for ole’ George Washington to withdraw over the East River to Manhattan, and live to fight another day!
The history of amusement parks is here. The world’s first enclosed amusement park, Sea Lion Park, opened on Coney Island in 1895! Brooklyn was once home to three separate parks. Over time they have closed, been reopened, split up, and reimagined.
There are still two distinct amusement parks on Coney Island: Luna Park and Deno’s Wonder Wheel Amusement Park & Attractions. Make sure to take a spin on the Wonder Wheel and the B&B Carousel (1909)!
You can’t come to Brooklyn, or Coney Island without grabbing the original New York sausage at Nathan’s Famous hotdog stand! Serving dogs since 1916! You can’t get them for a nickel like back in the day, but no trip to Coney Island would be complete with one, or two, or more. And if you’re here for July 4th, make sure to come watch the world famous, Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest!
Wanna see how New Yorkers and Brooklynites get around? Well, hop on the subway and jump out at the Borough Hall station, and you’re only a couple blocks away!
The New York Transit Museum itself is part of the history of New York transit, once being the Court Street subway station, back in the day. They have exhibits about all aspects of the transit system: from subways, to commuter rails, the tunnels and roads, and bridges (like the Brooklyn Bridge…). They have all kinds of stuff: memorabilia, old tickets, signs. You can even book offsite tours of the system!
What’s more American or Brooklyn than hot dogs?
Originally home to the Brooklyn Dodgers (We won’t talk about them…), we now have a team back in the borough: the Brooklyn Cyclones: a minor league farm team for the Mets!
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!
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!
Not only was Brooklyn the home of the most beautiful bridge in the world, stunning parks, the world’s first (and best) amusement parks, Nathan’s Hot Dogs, pioneering transit systems, and progenitors of professional baseball, but we were once, and soon to be again, the capitol of beer brewing in the U.S.!
A little known factoid for ya: By 1879 there were over 40 breweries in Brooklyn. Yeah, 40+! And by the early 1900s, 10% of all the beer brewed in the country was brewed right here in Brooklyn.
Unfortunately, this dominance was lost during Prohibition. But today Brooklyn beer brewing is coming back strong. There are numerous craft breweries in the borough, so many we couldn’t get an accurate count, but there are 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?
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! And while you’re here, fill up the corners with our wood-fired pizza, wings, or something else amazing from our scratch kitchen!
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