With 526 acres of fields, trails, courts, and more, Prospect Park provides endless possibilities for sports-loving locals. Here, you can enjoy sports standards like baseball and tennis as well as harder-to-find fun, such as ice skating and horseback riding. Also offering plenty of shaded green space for your post-workout cool-down, this park satisfies all of its eight million active annual visitors.
Brooklyn Bridge Park
If a scenic sweat session is what you’re after, look no further than Brooklyn Bridge Park. Comprising several distinct spaces, this 1.3-mile stretch along Brooklyn’s waterfront offers much more than just great views. Shuffleboard, roller skating, ping pong, and rock climbing are only a sample of the park’s out-of-the-box offerings.
Even hipsters can’t resist old-fashioned fun at McCarren Park, Brooklyn’s go-to destination for Williamsburg and Greenpoint players. In addition to all-American games of football, baseball, and basketball, the 35-acre park also specializes in throwbacks like bocce and kickball.
Enjoy a workout with a view at one of the United States’ oldest bridges—and a New York City icon—the Brooklyn Bridge. A popular pick for runners and cyclists, the 1.1-mile bridge is one of the city’s most scenic routes, providing breathtaking vistas of Brooklyn, Manhattan, and the stunning architecture of the bridge itself. With the amount of selfie-sticks and slow-walkers you’ll need to dodge, the bridge doubles as an obstacle course.
As the largest public park in Brooklyn, Marine Park offers something for every athlete. Among the diverse spaces of the 530-acre park are a 210-acre golf course, multiple cricket fields, bicycle greenways, and a launch site for canoes and kayaks.