Itinerary for the perfect day spent exploring Prospect Park and Park Slope, including the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, a great Mexican restaurant in Park Slope, a local art studio offering classes designed around kids, a local playground and comic book store and one of the best burgers in New York City.

Enjoy and don’t forget to share feedback, link at the bottom. Tell us what you liked and what didn’t!

 

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Konditori

$ | Local Swedish-style coffeehouse chain serving coffee & tea, plus bagels, sandwiches & pastries
696 Washington Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238
(347) 689-8471
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If you are looking for a little local coffee shop to grab a quick espresso or a pastry before heading to the Brooklyn Botanic Garden check out the Prospect Heights location of Konditori “confectionery” in Swedish. The chain was born in Park Slope and has since grown into several locations. Grab a cup of coffee and a bagel or one of their amazing muffins (I love blueberry/banana muffin).


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Brooklyn Botanic Garden

Adults $15, Children under 12 Free | 52 acre Botanical garden featuring a number of specialty "gardens within the Garden" and plant collections
990 Washington Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11225
(718) 623-7200
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The Brooklyn Botanic Gardens are a beautiful space to spend a morning. Friday mornings before noon are also free, so it’s a particularly good morning to visit. There are fourteen different gardens and five different conservatories you could see. Tuesday through Friday the general grounds are open from 8 am to 6 pm and on Saturday and Sunday, the grounds are open from 10 am to 6 pm.

The Lily Pool Terrace is worth a visit. It is so serene with the lilies floating on the pool. Wayken Shaw is the curator of the Lily Pool Terrace where he strategically crafted nearly 100 varieties of hardy and tropical water-lilies along with other aquatic plants. June is also a great time to visit the Rose Garden, they should be in full bloom. The Brooklyn Botanic Gardens is a place that is peaceful and calming, where you can hear the bird’s chirp and just be in the moment.

In addition to seeing the gorgeous gardens, you can take a break and have a nice bite to eat at Yellow Magnolia Café. All the dishes feature fresh vegetables and are exquisitely presented. The fish tacos are served with a house made blue corn tortilla, radish, and avocado crema. The crunch of the cabbage with the smoothness of the avocado made for the perfect bite.


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Calexico

$ | Casual Mexican eatery plating tacos, burritos & more in an upbeat space with exposed rafters & brick walls
278 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215
(347) 254-7644
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If you haven’t eaten yet, grab a little lunch in Prospect Park. Calexico is a local chain serving some super delicious Mexican food in a very relaxed casual space. Note-able dishes include their gringo tacos, chicken nachos and rolled quesadilla - think crunchy, melty, cheesy tastiness. The food is always on point, and the staff is always friendly to even the craziest of kids.


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Private Picassos

Visual art studio offering classes and drop-in programs for kids and adults
237 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215
(718) 215-0589
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Private Picassos is an art studio that offers a number of kid and adult themed classes.

On Thursday June 20th they are offering Zip, Zap, Zoom: Comics for Kids a class in creating a comic book ideal for kids ages 5-8.

Budding comic artists and enthusiasts will learn the basics to create their own comic book through hands-on activities and explorations of contemporary comic artists.

The class is Thursday from 3:30pm - 4:15pm and costs $28 for drop-ins. Reservations can be made online: https://www.privatepicassos.com/kids-classes-at-the-studio



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J.J. Byrne Playground

Free | Public playground
3rd St. & 5th Ave, Washington Park, Brooklyn, NY 11215
(212) 639-9675
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This is a great playground that was renovated a few years ago.  The water features are perfect for a hot day, and they also have a ton of equipment for climbing, swings, etc.  Its usually hard to pull our son away from this playground, but our next stops usually help.


Galaxy Collectibles

Classic comic book shop
429 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215
(718) 499-3222

 
 

If your kids are into Comic Books, then follow up the class at Private Picassos with a visit to Galaxy Collectibles just a bit further down 5th Avenye in Park Slope. Great selection of books for kids and adults.  They also have a lot of toys, action figures and posters for any avid comic fan.


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Emily

$$ | Cozy, gourmet eatery serving THE BEST BURGER and delicious wood-fired Neapolitan pizzas
919 Fulton St, Brooklyn, NY 11238
(347) 844-9588
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The rest of your trip to New York City is just a warm up for the main event. Emily is the main event. Home to arguable the best burger in New York City (there are many, so we’ll say “one of” the best). They didn’t stop there though, it’s also one of the most delicious Neapolitan style Pizza’s in the city. Make your reservation now. Fly into the city, enjoy a little excursion around Brooklyn but don’t be late. This one of the most important parts of your trip.


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