You can't beat the views of Manhattan from Brooklyn!
Main Street Park
99 Plymouth St., Dumbo
Main Street Park rests on the west side of the Manhattan Bridge with a patch connecting it to the rest of the Brooklyn Bridge Park, on either side. Come here to get your feet wet at Pebble Beach, let your child run around Main Street Playground, or set your dogs free in the Main Street Dog Run. No matter your reason for coming, this 3½-acre park is sure to provide hours of entertainment for your whole family, including the pets, while giving you an unbeatable view of Manhattan.
Empire Fulton Ferry State Park
1 Water St., Dumbo
Empire Fulton Ferry State Park is settled on the west edge of the Brooklyn Bridge, between it and the Manhattan Bridge. Come here to unwind on the Empire Fulton Ferry Lawn after a busy day or enjoy a meal al fresco at the Picnic Grove—all while looking right into lower Manhattan. While you are here (with or without the kids), don’t miss Jane’s Carousel, which was built in 1922 and operates year-round, giving your family long-lasting memories. Tickets are $2 each, and children who are 3 or younger (or shorter than 42 inches) may ride free if accompanied by a paying adult. The carousel is open Wednesday-Monday during the summer, and Thursday-Sunday starting in September.
Brooklyn Bridge Park
Spans from Dumbo into Brooklyn Heights
(344 Furman St. will drop you at Pier 5 in Brooklyn Heights)
Stretching up from John Street Park all the way down to the sixth pier, Brooklyn Bridge Park is one you cannot miss. Due to its expansive territory, it is home to some of the best views of Manhattan while giving you the best family-friendly experience. Whether it is to visit the Pier 1 Playground or the Roller Rink on Pier 2, make sure to walk or bike the Greenway all the way through to visit each of the unique piers and take in everything the park has to offer.
Squibb Park and Bridge
Middagh Street, between Columbia Heights and Furman Street, Brooklyn Heights
Across the street from Brooklyn Bridge Park, you’ll find Squibb Park and Bridge, which acts as a great connection between public transportation in Brooklyn Heights and Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Pier 1. The bridge, high above street level, provides an easy and convenient walking trail, appearing as if you are walking along the Manhattan skyline.
Between 41stand 44th streets, from 5th to 7th avenues, Sunset Park
One of New York’s hidden treasures, Sunset Park lies in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Sunset Park. At the highest point of the park on the grassy hill, not only can you see a stunning view of Manhattan, but you can also see the surrounding Brooklyn neighborhoods and the Statue of Liberty, as well as Staten Island and New Jersey. Along with the views, in the park you’ll find a swimming pool, which opened in 1936, a pedestrian walkway, a sand volleyball court, and a memorial remembering September 11th.
Main image: The view of the Manhattan skyline from East River State Park
J. Rozell / NYS Parks