Below the Brooklyn Bridge and the must-visit Brooklyn Bridge pedestrian walkway, on the Brooklyn side of the East River, the Brooklyn Bridge Park has TONNES of fun stuff for kids.
You could spend a day walking from Pier 6 back around to Pier 1 (on the left hand side of the bridge), then under the bridge around to the Empire Fulton Ferry Park, to Jane’s Carousel, and the Mainstreet Park playground too.
- 1 Enter via the Brooklyn Bridge Pedestrian Walkway
- 2 Things to Do in Brooklyn Bridge Park.
- 3 No.1 – Brooklyn Bridge Park Pier 6
- 4 No.2 – Brooklyn Bridge Park Pier 5
- 5 No.3 – Brooklyn Bridge Park Pier 2
- 6 No.4 – Brooklyn Bridge Park Pier 1
- 7 No.5 – Fulton Ferry Landing
- 8 No.6 – Brooklyn Bridge Carousel
- 9 No.7 – Mainstreet Park Playground & Environmental Education Center
- 10 No.8 – Dumbo Cliffs
- 11 No.9 – Spark Brooklyn Children’s Museum
- 12 The Inside Scoop – Visit Brooklyn Bridge Park
- 13 Brooklyn Bridge Park Map
- 14 Toadstool Rating – Brooklyn Bridge Park
- 15 Looking for MORE Super Fun Things to Do in NEW YORK CITY with Kids?
Enter via the Brooklyn Bridge Pedestrian Walkway
Use Squibb Park and Bridge (picture above) as your vital access point to the park. The bridge’s proximity to public transportation offers park visitors a route to Brooklyn Bridge Park that is convenient and with epic views of NYC.
If you are looking for things to do with kids in Brooklyn, or things to do near Brooklyn Bridge in particular, make this your first stop.
Things to Do in Brooklyn Bridge Park.
Where do I start? Ready, set, go for a tonne of fun.
No.1 – Brooklyn Bridge Park Pier 6
- The Nature Play Playground at Pier 6 has five main areas: Sandbox Village (the largest sandpit in New York City), Water Lab, Marsh Garden, Slide Mountain, and Swing Valley. (Oh, playground planners – we love you!) The sandpit has cute wooden houses, and a wooden train play equipment, making it the coolest playground in New York for toddlers.
- There’s a TWO STOREY twisty slide built into the hill, and jungle gyms too.
- On warm days, The Water Lab is open every day from 10 am to dusk.
- Pier 6 playground can be found at Atlantic Ave and Furman St, Brooklyn Bridge Park. Best of all, it’s FREE!
No.2 – Brooklyn Bridge Park Pier 5
- Pier 5 has two playgrounds for kids of all ages. At Pier 5, you can grab an icecream at Ample Hills Creamery. Try before you buy as they offer a sampling of 10 flavors of ice cream.
- There’s also a variety of beverages, baked goods, and snacks at the food concession adjacent to the Pier 5 sports fields and Picnic Peninsula.
No.3 – Brooklyn Bridge Park Pier 2
- Pier 2 has a set of swings with the world’s best view of the NYC skyline. Line up for a ride now.
- Pier 2 is also home to five acres of basketball, handball, ping pong and bocce, over half an acre of play turf, fitness equipment, swing sets and picnic tables – not to mention free, seasonal kayaking programs and a ROLLER RINK!
No.4 – Brooklyn Bridge Park Pier 1
- Pier 1 has a playground for toddlers and preschoolers. While you are here, Lizzmonade Brooklyn serves fresh, artisanal lemonades that are made to order. Yum!
No.5 – Fulton Ferry Landing
- Between Pier 1 and Bridge is The Fulton Ferry Landing pier at the foot of Old Fulton Street is one of Brooklyn’s most historic sites, marking the location of the first ferry service between Brooklyn and Manhattan in 1642.
- It’s the home of the iconic must-visit Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory. The original location, in a landmark fireboat house on the Fulton Ferry Pier, features one of most sweeping views in America.
No.6 – Brooklyn Bridge Carousel
- Take the kids on a ride of Jane’s Carousel at Empire Fulton Ferry. The Carousel is located in the DUMBO section of The Brooklyn Bridge Park, on the East River, between the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges. The Carousel is easily accessed from Park entrances at Dock Street or Main Street.
- It’s open 11am to 7pm in the summer, and 11am to 6pm in the winter.
- Tickets are just $2 per ride, and children under 3 are free with a paying adult.
No.7 – Mainstreet Park Playground & Environmental Education Center
- Mainstreet playground is nautically-inspired playground. There’s a giant sailing ship, with lots of stairs to climb, and a boat-shaped sandpit for kids too.
- Visit the Environmental Education Center at Main Street during after-school hours or anytime on weekends for fun hands-on activities for kids. There’s multiple interactive elements including an East River Aquarium, a Discovery Station with a 10’ scale model of the park, and more that offer an in-depth look at the park’s ecology, history, and sustainable design.
No.8 – Dumbo Cliffs
- The Dumbo Cliffs are the spot for rock climbing kids! At $10 for a whole day pass, including shoe hire, it’s one of those locals-only experiences you can join in to make your NYC trip with kids even more fun. DUMBO Boulders is located under the Manhattan Bridge in iconic Brooklyn Bridge Park on the DUMBO waterfront. Take the F to York St. or the A/C to High St.
No.9 – Spark Brooklyn Children’s Museum
- Visit SPARK by Brooklyn Children’s Museum – it’s a new “Build it, make it, touch it” art and play space located in Brooklyn Bridge Park at 1 John Street Dumbo. Drop in play sessions are from 1pm daily. $15 per child. Closed Mondays and Tuesdays.
- Take the Subway – F to York Street, A/C to High Street or 2/3 at Clark Street. John Street is north of the Manhattan Bridge at a dramatic bend in the East River.
The Inside Scoop – Visit Brooklyn Bridge Park
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Address: 334 Furman Street Brooklyn, NY 11201
Telephone: Call 718-222-9939
Brooklyn Bridge Park Opening Hours:
- Pier 2: 6am-11pm
- Pier 5: 6am-11pm
- Pier 6 Volleyball Courts: 6am-11pm
- Squibb Park & Bridge: 6am-11pm
- Playgrounds are open dawn to dusk
- The remainder of the park is open 6am-1am
Brooklyn Bridge Cost: Entry to Brooklyn Bridge park is free, including access to playgrounds. Fees apply at different sports activities, along with entry to museums, the carousel etc.
- Parking near Brooklyn Bridge Park is very limited. We highly recommend taking public transportation, biking or walking to the park.
- Limited metered parking is available on Furman Street near Pier 2.
How to get to Brooklyn Bridge Park:
- By Bus: B25 – Fulton Ferry Landing, B63 – Loop road on Pier 6, B61 – Atlantic Ave. & Hicks St. and B67 – Jay St. & York St.
- By Subway: A C – High Street; F – York Street; 2 or 3 – Clark Street, R – Court Street, 2,3,4 or 5 – Borough Street
- By Ferry: Catch the Citywide Ferry or the Governors Island Ferry to get to Brooklyn Bridge Park.
- By Bike: Visit the biking page for directions, rental information, and more resources.
Brooklyn Bridge Park Map
Bathrooms: Park Restrooms are located at Pier 1, Pier 2, Pier 6, Squibb Park, 99 Plymouth at Main Street and in Empire Stores.
Nearest takeaway coffee and food options: There are food and drink outlets at Pier 6 and 5, and Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory at Fulton Ferry Landing.
Disability access: Yes
Shade: Some shade depending on the area you are in. Some picnic tables have shade covers.
Enclosed: Some play areas are enclosed.
Ground cover: Grass, rubber, concrete paths
Picnic tables: Yes
Electric BBQs: Try Pier 5 at Picnic Peninsula
Water Bubblers/fountains: Yes, water fountains for refilling your drink bottles can be found at most piers.
Scooters and Bikes: Yes. Bike racks throughout park at Piers 6, 5 and 2, Empire Fulton Ferry, Main Street and John street.
Dogs: On leash only. Click here for dog runs in the park.
This Central Park attraction was last reviewed in June 2018.
Toadstool Rating – Brooklyn Bridge Park
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