Prospect Park Tour

23 Ratings
  • Live Guide
  • Instant Confirmation
  • Group Tour
  • E-Ticket
  • 2 hr

Explore Prospect Park on this 2-hour guided walking tour and learn about historic restoration and environmental preservation work in the Park, including cultural and recreation projects currently underway. This interactive experience explores how Prospect Park has changed over time, from the original vision of designers Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux to the ways in which the Park is used today. Tours begin at Grand Army Plaza and take visitors through many of the key natural and historic landmarks of the park, including the breathtaking Long Meadow, the innovatively-designed LeFrak Center at Lakeside, and the Ravine, the largest natural forest in Brooklyn. This tour also features a special behind-the-scenes visit to historic sites and features within the park. These tours are offered by Turnstile Tours on behalf of Prospect Park Alliance, the non-profit organization that sustains, restores, and advances the Park in partnership with New York City.

Itinerary Details

Operated by: Turnstile Tours, Inc.

This is a typical itinerary for this product

Pass By: Brooklyn Public Library Central Branch

Tours begin on the front steps of the Brooklyn Public Library Central Library, located at 10 Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn, NY 11238. The nearest subway stations are at Grand Army Plaza (2,3) and 7th Av (B,Q).

Pass By: Soldiers' and Sailors' Memorial Arch

Our tour will begin at Grand Army Plaza where visitors will see and learn about architecture from the City Beautiful Movement that adorns this grand entrance to the park, including the Soldiers' and Sailors' Memorial Arch.

Stop At: Prospect Park

Visitors will explore features of the natural and built environments in Prospect Park, including Brooklyn's largest forest, the longest urban meadow in the United States, and various water features, including waterfalls, creeks, and Prospect Park Lake. We'll also see sculptures, memorials, and historic sites, including The Boathouse, Picnic House, and The Soldiers' and Sailors' Memorial Arch.

Duration: 2 hour

Pass By: Prospect Park Audubon Center at the Boathouse

This historic structure is home to one of multiple structures in the park that has Guastavino Tiles. Designed by architects Helmle, Huberty, and Hudswell, this 1905 structure was saved from the wrecking ball by activists in the 1960's. Today the Boathouse is home to the Prospect Park Audubon Center, the first audubon center in an urban park in the United States.

Pass By: Lefrak Center at Lakeside

Our tour will end at the Lefrak Center at Lakeside, a sustainably designed skating rink and recreational center that faces out onto Prospect Park Lake and a newly restored natural habitat for turtles, fish, and waterfowl.
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