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The Best Sights in Brooklyn, NY

Brooklyn is a borough of New York City and it’s the most populated of the five boroughs. It sits right next to Queens, another NYC borough. If Brooklyn were an independent city (aside from NYC), it would be the fourth most populous city in the U.S. Its popularity comes from a range of tourist attractions, common destinations, and historical sites located right in Brooklyn, which makes the city a great sightseeing opportunity. At least one day must be designated to sightseeing while in Brooklyn. From the famous Brooklyn Bridge to the beautiful and vibrant Brooklyn Botanic Garden, here’s what you can’t miss out on:

The Brooklyn Bridge

Probably the most obvious sight in Brooklyn, the Brooklyn Bridge is the city’s most popular landmark. The bridge is a suspension bridge and one of the oldest in the U.S. It connects Manhattan and Brooklyn over the East River. The 1,595-foot bridge was the first steel-wire suspension bridge and since its opening, has become an iconic structure of New York City.

Coney Island

There’s no doubt you’ve heard of Coney Island. It’s a neighborhood, beach, and entertainment spot in the southwestern part of Brooklyn. We might consider this a sightseeing opportunity, but it’s more of an entertainment destination. It’s the site of a resort, amusement parks, and much more. From the giant ferris wheel in the background to the variety of entertainment opportunities you’ll find, Coney Island is a must-see.

Brooklyn Bridge Park

It can be hard to find evergreen spaces in a concrete jungle like New York City, but Brooklyn Bridge Park is one of many green areas (including Central Park) throughout the large city. Though the size of Brooklyn Bridge Park is nothing compared to Central Park, it has a lengthy list of history, six piers, and many portions to the park, including a waterfront parkland.

Brooklyn Botanic Garden

BrooklynThis 52-acre urban oasis is a beautiful site with a number of plant collections and the Steinhardt Conservatory which includes a museum, three climate-themed plant pavillions, and an art gallery. You cannot run out of things to see at the Botanic Garden. Vibrant, pink cherry trees, a Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden, a beautiful rose garden, and the Shakespeare Garden are only a few of the spectacular things you’ll see. The list goes on and on.

Brooklyn Museum

Musuems get a reputation of being the same, but the Brooklyn Museum is really unlike any other. It’s an art museum with a collection of 1.5 million works–making this the third largest museum in New York City. The museum’s exhibits aim to capture a variety of work from world cultures and artistic heritage.

Brooklyn Children’s Museum

It’s really true that Brooklyn has something for everyone. The Brooklyn Children’s Museum houses a collection of work from children’s educational needs over time to a changing environment. Families can also rent out the museum or a portion of it for children’s birthday parties, baby/bridal showers, weddings, and many other events.

Grand Army Plaza

This plaza is the main entrance to Prospect Park, another one of Brooklyn’s beautiful green spaces. It’s a sight you cannot miss upon entering the park as it’s known as the park’s gateway. The plaza is home to several historial pieces, including the Soliders’ and Sailors’ Arch, Bailey Fountain, the John F. Kennedy Monument, and many other statues and monuments.

It does not matter where you travel in Brooklyn. You’re bround to stumble upon any of these sights, but you won’t regret visiting each one as they each have something special to offer.

About the Author: Sam is a guest contributor from At Home in Brooklyn, a bed and breakfast located in Park Slope, Brooklyn.

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