Few of the city’s parks offer more iconic views of the Manhattan skyline than Brooklyn’s Empire Fulton Ferry State Park. From a single vantage point it’s possible to gaze out at the beauty of the Brooklyn Bridge, the Financial District ‘s towering skyscrapers, the industrial Manhattan Bridge and the peaceful East River. For this reason, it’s nearly impossible to pay a visit to this incredible public park without witnessing wedding photos or editorial shoots taking place.
Early risers can watch the sun peek up above the stunning city skyline while sipping locally brewed coffee from nearby Brooklyn Roasters and noshing on a freshly baked bagel atop the park’s giant shale steps. Lush lawns and public picnic areas make the for the perfect mid-afternoon stop and historic Jane’s Carousel offers up family fun with quite possibly the most picturesque carousel ride in America. Whether it’s to see the sun rise or to watch the sparkle of the city ignite as the sun sets—Empire Fulton Ferry State Park is an essential stop on an Brooklyn borough visit.
The park is accessible using the A, C, or F trains. A newly opened nature center showcases the best of local plant and animal life for a bit of family fun and a network on well-kept paths connects this part to others along the scenic Brooklyn piers.