You would never expect to find an enormous park right smack in the middle of Brooklyn. Not only is the park 585 acres, but there is also a 60-acre lake, Brooklyn’s only forest, and a zoo. This past Sunday afternoon a few friends and I walked to Prospect Park and went to the zoo, which is located off of Flatbush Avenue.
For $8 (General Admission) we were able to see over 125 species of wild animals ranging from common farm animals to baboons, dingoes, and wallabies. Although this zoo is not as large as the Bronx Zoo, it is well worth the $8 you pay to get in. We happened to get there at just the right time as the sea lions (located in the center of the zoo) were being fed and giving quite the performance.
The zoo is open from 10 a.m. to between 4:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m., depending on the season. For children from ages 3-12 admission is $5 and $6 for senior citizens. This zoo is family friendly with numerous attractions for smaller children.
Prospect Park has a number of different things to do. It’s filled with bicycle and walker paths, wide open fields, and volleyball courts. You can even go pedal boating on the man-made lake. If you are looking for a fun and pocket friendly afternoon in Brooklyn, Prospect Park is definitely a great place to go. You can either pack a lunch or walk a few blocks and find just about any type of food you want!