What to do in Brooklyn this Winter

As the first (and hopefully the last) snowstorm and record low temperatures of the season have settled, we can finally go explore the great wintery outdoors of Brooklyn! So what do Brooklynites recommend doing in these colder months? Whether you are looking for indoor or outdoor activities, we’ve got some good ideas headed your way!

 

Prospect Park Zoo

Open daily
$8/adults and $5/children (kids under 2 years old go for free!)

Opened in 1935 as a city zoo, this is a safe haven for animals in the city that never sleeps. Tucked away from the hustle and bustle of Brooklyn in Prospect Park, the Wildlife Conservation Society takes care of a variety of animals, insects and reptiles. The zookeepers share their love for their exotic friends with visitors every day during sea lion training sessions and talks.

 

LeFrak Center

Open daily
Lakeside, Prospect Park

Choose between a covered or uncovered rink with views to the lake, as you glide around on your ice skates! Bring your own skates, rent a pair, or even enroll in ice skating school if you want to kick off 2018 by learning a new skill. Afterwards, warm up with a hot drink at Bluestone Cafe, right next door. Pro tip: While in Prospect Park, you can also go sledding down a variety of hills if there’s snow!

 

Brooklyn Botanic Garden

Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden. Photo by Dana Miller.

Open daily
Crown Heights

Whether you want to learn something new, such as block printing with flowers, take a tour of one of the tropical indoor gardens, or simply wander around a snow-filled garden landscape, the winter is another highlight in the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. Spot koi fish in the Japanese Garden, grab brunch at the Yellow Magnolia Cafe, or maybe event take a tour of the garden this winter and discover this season’s highlights!

 

Brooklyn Boulders

Courtesy Brooklyn Boulders

Open daily
Gowanus

Climb to new heights in Gowanus, while you enjoy the many walls and obstacles at Brooklyn Boulders! Embark on an indoor adventure within the 22,000 square feet of pure rock climbing fun, as you learn techniques that will take you to the top. Pro tip: If you fall in love with climbing this month, you can save $100 on memberships!

 

Court 16 Tennis

Courtesy Court 16

Open daily
Gowanus

Missing summertime, parks and outdoor tennis courts? No problem! Whether you are a new player wishing to learn tennis this winter, or a veteran, you will find a beautiful space to practice at Court 16. With a variety of indoor courts, where you will learn how to play, or simply pick up a game and release your inner Serena Williams and Roger Federer!

 

DeKalb Market Hall

Open daily
Downtown Brooklyn

Missing Smorgasburg? Head to City Point in Downtown Brooklyn to taste flavors from across the five boroughs! From the iconic Katz Delicatessen to Brooklyn’s year-round ice cream favorite, Ample Hills, there’s something delicious for everyone with 40 vendors under one roof in this food heaven.

 

Alamo Drafthouse

Courtesy Alamo Drafthouse

Open daily
Downtown Brooklyn

After grabbing some bites at DeKalb Market Hall, take the elevators to the fourth floor of the Citypoint building and watch a movie. Why is this movie theater a great spot for people of all ages, you ask? There’s in-movie dining and drinks to make you feel like a king or queen as you recline in your plush seat and enjoy a new movie!

 

Brooklyn Museum

Closed Mondays and Tuesdays
Prospect Heights/Crown Heights

While this year’s biggest opening (Hint: The David Bowie exhibit) is coming up in March, there are some incredible things to experience at the Brooklyn Museum before then. From Animal Mummies and Rodin exhibits, to staff-led Airbnb Experience tours, visitors of all ages are bound to leave with a new passion for these iconic pieces of art.

 

Brooklyn Children’s Museum

Courtest of Cambridge Seven Associates

Open daily
Crown Heights

Kicking off the new year with an all-ages Martin Luther King Jr. event from January 13-15, the Brooklyn Children’s Museum strives to teach children about Brooklyn and the world they live in. From the World Brooklyn exhibit featuring the diversity of the borough, to the water-splashing fun of various sensory-rooms, this museum will impress children and brighten up some of the cold winter days ahead!