Top 9 things to do in Brooklyn in 2020

There are plenty of things to see and do in Brooklyn, here are the top nine that are on our list.

1. Visit the Brooklyn Museum


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A very large — 560,000 square feet — museum holding roughly 1.5 million works. Near Crown Heights, it was established in 1895 to be home to art, relics, and sculptures.

The Brooklyn Museum has exhibits and works like those from Nelly Sachs, Sojourner Truth, David Bowie, Andy Warhol, and Frida Kahlo.

The museum is open every day except Monday and Tuesday from 11 am – 6 pm (Thursday is 11 am – 10 pm). A suggested ticket price is $16 for adults. Also, don’t miss the Mummy Chamber or the oil canvases of George Washington.

Directions to the Brooklyn Museum

Take the 2, 3 subway line to Eastern Parkway Brooklyn Museum Station.

2. Stroll in the Brooklyn Botanic Garden


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While we’re here, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden is right behind the Brooklyn Museum. It was founded in 1910.

See flowers like the Mountain Laurel, Pussy Willow, Pigweed, and Flowering Cherry Tree.

Admission is free for members and $15 for adults. Be one of the 750,000 annual visitors!

Directions to the Brooklyn Botanic Garden

Get to it the same way you’d get to the Brooklyn Museum: take the 2, 3 subway line to Eastern Parkway Brooklyn Museum Station.

3. Do activities in Prospect Park


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Right below the Brooklyn Museum and the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Prospect Park is a huge wooded area spanning 526 acres.

There are tons of things to do like playing on sports fields, fishing, boating, running, or yoga.

Directions to Prospect Park

There are many stops you could take to get here, but the closest one is B and Q subway at Prospect Park Subway Station.

4. Photo the Brooklyn Bridge


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Opening in 1883, the Brooklyn Bridge towers 140 feet in the air at its tallest point and allows for six lanes of traffic. It spans from Manhattan to Brooklyn over the East River.

The thickest cable is 15.75 inches in diameter. Two towers, which are 140 tall from the water, support the structure. On the day of opening, nearly 1800 vehicles and 150,000 crossed the bridge.

Today, the Brooklyn Bridge is a New York icon known by residents and visitors alike.

Directions to the Brooklyn Bridge

Drive via I-278, take the A, C subway at High Street – Brooklyn Bridge Station, or take the 2, 3 subway to Fulton Street Station.

5. Drink at the Brooklyn Brewery


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With IPAs, stouts, Oktoberfest, and lagers, Brooklyn Brewery is a well-known staple in New York and beyond.

The tasting room was once an old warehouse, but has been converted to a taproom for all beer lovers. Hold a private event or simply come with your friends.

Directions to Brooklyn Brewery

The best way to get there is by taking the G subway at Nassau Avenue Station.

6. Ride the Cyclone Roller Coaster on Coney Island


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The Coney Island Cyclone is part of the Luna Park which opened in 1903.

The roller coaster has 12 drops and over 2,640 feet of track. Fly at speeds of 60 mph and experience 3.75 Gs. The coaster first debuted in 1927.

Directions to the Cyclone Roller Coaster

Take D, F subway to Coney Island – Stillwell Av.

7. See history at the Green-Wood Cemetery


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With just over 478 acres of hills, valleys, and paths, the Green-Wood Cemetary could feel more like a park than a final resting place. The area was designated as a National Historic Landmark in 2006.

Be respectful of the area by not jogging or riding a bicycle on the premises. Admission is free at any time. Hours vary depending on the season, but they’re usually open by 8 am.

Directions to Green-Wood Cemetary

Use the D subway and go to the 25 St stop.

8. See otters at the New York Aquarium


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The New York Aquarium is the oldest operating aquarium in the US. Opening in 1896, this 14-acre acres has 266 species of aquatic life.

Don’t forget to see the Black-footed Penguin, California Sea Lion, Cownose Ray, Green Moray Eel, Harbor Seal, Sand Tiger Shark, and the Sea Otter.

Directions to the New York Aquarium

It’s at the southmost point on Coney Island. Take the F subway to West 8 Street-New York Aquarium.

9. Take the kiddos to the Brooklyn Children’s Museum


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In Crown Heights, the Brooklyn Children’s Museum was founded in 1899 as the first museum dedicated to children in the world.

Exhibits range from a sensory room, nature, ton interactive “mini” neighborhoods found across Brooklyn.

Directions to Brooklyn Children’s Museum

There are a few ways yo get to this location, but probably the best way is to take subway A, C to Kingston-Throop Avs Station.

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