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Prospect Park
Description: Prospect Park is one of the most diverse parks in New York City and one of the city’s premier birding sites, with more than 100 species of forest and waterbirds. Visitors can also enjoy many other attractions in this green oasis in the heart of an urban center, including the Brooklyn Museum, Prospect Park Zoo, and New York Botanic Garden.

Prospect Park has Brooklyn’s last standing natural forest. In addition, there are meadows, wetlands, glacial kettle ponds and a lake, providing plentiful habitat for wildlife.

Wildlife to Watch: Eastern gray squirrels and one of the only remaining populations of chipmunks in Brooklyn are the most obvious mammals in the woods. Many species of warblers and other songbirds pass through during spring migration. Red-bellied, downy and hairy woodpeckers are among the more than 30 bird species that nest here. Red-tailed hawks circle high above, searching meadows and forest margins year-round for unsuspecting small mammals or birds.

The lake and its wetlands are home to American coots and little pied-billed grebes that quickly duck underwater as they dive for insects and plants. Many varieties of ducks can be found here, as well as mute swans. Turtles such as snapping, painted and red-eared sliders, and amphibians such as spotted salamanders, wood frogs, Fowler’s toads and spring peepers reside in ponds and wetlands.

Special Tips: This site has accessible features that include nature trails and playgrounds.

718-965-8951, 95 Prospect Park W, Parkside Ave. between Flatbush Ave., Ocean Ave. and Prospect Park SW, Brooklyn, NY 11215,


Size: 526 acres 
Closest Town: Brooklyn

RestroomsFishingHikingPicnic tablesHandicap AccessibleSmall BoatsDrinking WaterBicycling

Best Seasons for Wildlife Viewing:

Please see map link below

Driving Directions:
From Westchester, the Bronx and points north, take 87 south to the RFK Bridge. Take the Brooklyn-Queens Expy. (278) west to Brooklyn. Take the Tillary St. exit, and turn left on Flatbush Ave. Stay on Flatbush to Grand Army Plaza.

From New Jersey, Staten Island and points south, take the Verrazano Bridge to the Brooklyn-Queens Expy. (278). Take the Prospect Expy. to the 10th Ave. exit, and head straight on 10th Ave.; turn left onto Prospect Ave. Head north on Prospect Ave. to 8th Ave. Turn right at 8th Ave. Turn right at Union St., and continue onto Plaza St. West. Turn left at Grand Army Plaza.

Several subways are located near the park, including the B, F, G, Q, S, 2 and 3 trains.

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Prospect Park : Wildlife Viewing Area