Even though it is just the second biggest borough in the Big Apple, Brooklyn is home to more than 2.6 million people. That translates to more than 30% of New York City's population. From the arts, to sports to nightlife to history and even the great outdoors, you could find it in Brooklyn, so why not get on a bus rental in Brooklyn, see the sights, and visit the sites here!
You simply must not miss the Brooklyn Bridge. This magnificent bridge gives you a great view of lower Manhattan, Governor's Island, the Statue of Liberty, and other landmarks. You will enjoy walking the entire span of the bridge or biking on it.
Arts and culture. Brooklyn is home to a lot of art centers and cultural attractions, from top-notch history museums to excellent theaters and art galleries, to amazing performing arts groups. Check out the Brooklyn Museum, which has comparable collections to Manhattan's world-renowned museums, but with lesser crowd. This way, you can focus on the museums' treasured collections, such as the Egyptian collection, with 4,000 pieces on display, and the great paintings of Degas, Monet and Cezanne, as well as of American artists such as Louis Remy Mignot and Thomas Cole.
If you love modern art, you can visit A.M. Richard Fine Art (Brooklyn, NY 11211).
Be sure to catch the dance productions put out by Artichoke Dance Company, the stirring classical music performed by the Brooklyn Philharmonic, or the movies entered into the Brooklyn International Film Festival and the Red Hook International Film Festival.
For a more holistic arts experience, go to BAM (Brooklyn, NY 11217), where you can watch opera, music, dance and theater performances, as well as visual arts exhibits, literature and film showings. Other arts venues you may want to check out include Brooklyn Academy of Music, House of Yes, Nitehawk Cinema and St. Ann's Warehouse.
History. In Brooklyn, you can relive the past, from the earliest period of the borough's existence right down to the Civil War and to the equal rights movement. Go to the Old Stone House (Brooklyn, NY 11215) or see the restored homes in Weeksville (Brooklyn, NY 11213), then take a tour of the area's historic places of worship, such as the Dutch Reformed church and the city's oldest mosque.
You can also have a stroll inside the Green-Wood Cemetery, where you could find the graves of Jean-Michel Baquiat, Boss Tweed and other famous New Yorkers. If you do not plan to go on a grave tour, you can still enjoy the cemetery's many features. Its mausoleums feature a Victorian design while the main entrance has an admirable Gothic arch.
Check out BLDG 92, a museum that tells you about Brooklyn's shipbuilding pasts. Located inside a former military home inside the Brooklyn Navy Yard, you will be delighted to see the exhibits here, including some great like the USS Monitor and USS Arizona. You should also go to the New York Transit Museum, where you could learn about the Big Apple's history and the history of its public transport system.
Parks and outdoors. When it comes to parks, Prospect Park is the king in Brooklyn. Designed by Calvert Vaux and Frederick Law Olmsted, the same geniuses behind Central Park, Prospect Park spans more than 580 acres. Relax on the green grass, or enjoy the animals at the Prospect Park Zoo. You can also have some at the new Lakeside complex where you could find skating rinks, the Concert Grove, Music Island, and a display of 19th century artifacts. If you are lucky, there might be a concert or performance held in the park when you visit.
Another beautiful park you should not miss is the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, which is very near Prospect Park and the Brooklyn Museum. Here, you could see a great variety of flowers and plants. If you can, visit the botanic garden in the spring when the cherry blossoms are in bloom. You can also go to Brooklyn Bridge Park (Brooklyn, NY 11201), where you can have a different kind of park experience. Here you can ride Jane's Carousel, and see wonderful views of Manhattan. But Brooklyn Bridge Park's biggest draw is Pier 5, where you have 200,000 square feet of sports fields, a picnic area, play areas, and fishing spots.
You should also visit Coney Island Beach and Jamaica Bay for more waterfront fun. Be sure to watch the horseshoe crabs as they hatch in the sand at the Manhattan Beach or at Marine Park.
Lastly, check out the New York Aquarium (Brooklyn, NY 11224), where you can see sea turtles, jellyfish, sharks and other water animals.
Golf and sports. Catch the Brooklyn cyclones and the New York Mets Farm Team as they play at the city's great stadiums. If you want to play golf, you can choose between Dyker Beach Golf Course (Brooklyn, NY 11228) and Marine Park Golf Course (Brooklyn, NY 11234).
Shopping and Dining. Shopping in Brooklyn should always include a trip to Brooklyn Flea, which is a Mecca for vintage stuff and antiques. You could also check out the food vendors here. Or you could try to find what you need at the Brooklyn Indie Market (Brooklyn, NY 11231).
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When it comes to dining, Brooklyn has some hidden gems in Chef's Table at Brooklyn Fare, where you could taste food prepared by Chef Cesar Ramirez. It is difficult to get a reservation here, but it is worth the trouble to get into the six-week waiting list! Al Di La Trattoria serves the best squid-ink pasta and braised rabbit, while Battersby gives you a farm-to-table experience so everything is fresh. Their roasted lobster is a must-try!
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Other attractions. Check out the Coney Island Cyclone, which is a 1927 roller coaster that you could still ride today. You could also attend Brooklyn Pride, which happens in June and celebrates the city's growing LGBT community. Lastly, if you have kids, you might want to take them to the Doll and Toy Museum of NYC.
There are simply a lot of attractions that you could go to when you visit Brooklyn. To maximize your time in the borough, be sure to visit BusRental.com today and get a free online quote!