From the individuals that brought you the Brooklyn Flea and Smorgasburg, is Berg’n. A large-scale food and beer hall, Berg’n is a one-stop shop for food, drinks and entertainment. With its sleek industrial vibe and family-style seating, it is a good place to meet friends and have a beer (families are welcome here, too). Throughout the week Berg’n also offers a variety of activities: games playing on their massive projector, comedy night, trivia night, Friday DJ dance parties, board games and trivia night, and more is added weekly.
Berg’n, 899 Bergen Street, Brooklyn, NY USA, + 1 718 857 2337
Weeksville Heritage Center
The Weeksville Heritage Center, located on the on the edge of Crown Heights near Bedford Stuyvesant, is a historical site with a powerful history and message, as Brooklyn’s largest African-American cultural institution. Before it became a museum and heritage center, Weeksville was one of America’s first free black communities during the 19th century. With a rotating schedule of exhibits, events, and tours, the Heritage Center is a unique opportunity to learn about the past by taking tours of still existing, original houses from the 1900s. Reservations for tours are recommended.
Weeksville Heritage Center, 158 Buffalo Avenue, Brooklyn, NY USA, + 1 718 756 5250
Brooklyn Children’s Museum
One of the most active and family-friendly destinations in Crown Heights is the Brooklyn Children’s Museum. While the exhibits and activities are geared towards infants through high school students, the Museum has programs, educational tools, and experiences for kids of all ages. Kids can make fake pizzas at the Spumoni Gardens, visit the green house, play in the sand pits, all while learning about arts, science, and culture. The calendar has an array of daily scheduled activities as well as special workshops and performances that may only be available for a limited period of time.
Brooklyn Children’s Museum, 145 Brooklyn Avenue, Brooklyn, NY, USA, + 1 718 735 4400
Brooklyn Botanic Garden
A Brooklyn institution unparalleled in beauty and depth is the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. Situated inside of Prospect Park on the very edge of Crown Heights, next to Prospect Heights, the Garden is an absolute must-see destination – not just once – but several times throughout the year. With the change of seasons, the Botanic Garden will inspire, humble, and melt every visitor over every inch of its 52 acres. This is a place to bring your camera and spend the day outside admiring the beauty of all the gardens. Highlights of the garden include: the lily pool terrace, the Japanese gardens, the cherry blossoms, the aquatic house, and bonsai museum.
Brooklyn Botanic Garden, 990 Washington Avenue, Brooklyn, NY, USA, + 1 718 623 7200
St. John’s Recreation Center
Adjacent to the St. John’s Park and playground in Brooklyn, the St. John’s Recreation Center is a destination that is sure to provide hours of fun and activities, while providing respite from the heat in the summer and the cold in the winter. One of the few large indoor pools in Crown Heights, the Center has numerous courts and fields for all athletic lovers. There are handball courts, baseball fields, basketball courts, and if you go outside to the park, picnic tables and game tables for outdoor fun as well.