Park Slope is one of the most beautiful spots in Brooklyn. Its reputation for being a family-friendly enclave – or baby stroller central as some circles have put it – is readily apparent.
But Park Slope has a rich heritage that you will discover as you explore the neighborhood.
Here’s a list of things to check out for a fulfilling day in Park Slope.
Visit The Old Stone House
Bordering the Brooklyn neighborhoods of Gowanus and Park Slope, the Vechte-Cortelyou House is a perfect replica of the historic Dutch stone farmhouse. This site honors the first battle of America against Great Britain. The house now stands as a memorial to the battle. It is also a venue for lectures, readings, and school trips. Concerts are also occasionally held here. Don’t miss the farmer’s market that’s open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays.
Grab a cup at Cafe Regular
This coffee shop offers teas and coffees, including the outstanding coffee LaColombe, and a mocha that will become one of your favorites. This quaint shop can evoke a feeling of nostalgia thanks to the narrow wooden door that opens to a long bar with red leather seats.
You can begin thrift shopping at the Life Boutique Thrift, which is linked to the Chai Lifeline, a charity providing services for seriously ill Jewish teens and young children. You will find so many trinkets and accessories here, including antique crystals, fixtures, art, hats, books, furniture, and designer handbags.
Spend time at LeFrak Center at Lakeside
LeFrak Center at Lakeside is a hospitality center which serves as a venue for birthday parties and various events. It features seasonal activities ranging from water ferries and skating in the summer to boating and biking in the fall, as well as family-oriented activities in the winter season. At times, it hosts themed events like Skate with Santa. Visitors can get refueled at the Bluestone Café.
Meet Tiny at the Community Bookstore
This is a bookstore that never runs out of good reads – from fiction, nonfiction, and a selection of children’s books. Expect to get a warm welcome from Tiny, the resident cat. Say hello to the resident turtle on the outdoor nook.
Prowl Prospect Park Zoo
This zoo is designed to engage young children to interact with nature while learning about fun facts of various specimens. This 12-acre zoo is situated on the eastern side of Prospect Park and features a barn and garden, animals’ lifestyle exhibitions, and a hall of animals.
Grab lunch at Gather
Gather is an affordable and excellent spot if you want a quick bite. The restaurant adheres to quality meals made from carefully sourced ingredients that promise to leave you wanting more. Have a go at the favorite avocado wrap before heading to the park.
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