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Spring Activity Guide for East Brooklyn Families

By Karen Angustia
In Community
Apr 8th, 2014

Just as flowers blossom all over our city, and after record snowfall and a polar vortex, many of us are ready for this new season.  What a better way to celebrate then listing a few great activities for East Brooklyn families.  Remember there’s no reason to leave Brooklyn to get a taste of outdoor fun.

1. Highland Park Stroll                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Conveniently located on a high plateau that straddles Queens and Brooklyn, Highland Park offers stunning views of Ridgewood Reservoir, the Rockaways, the Atlantic Ocean, and nearby cemeteries. Plus their $6.92 million pathway project includes new lighting, restored pathways, wheelchair-accessible entry points, and new fencing. Take a walk and indulge in the beautiful scenery. You wouldn’t imagine this was East New York.

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2. Fishing in Canarsie Piers                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Canarsie Pier—part of Gateway National Recreation Area—has been a hotspot for the fishing community for more than 300 years. Today, the pier is known to locals as a prime location to catch blue fish and fluke. Dust off those fishing poles, grab some worms and enjoy an afternoon catching some big ones.

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3. Exploring at  The Fresh Creek Nature Preserve                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                One of Brooklyn’s hidden bastions of wildlife, Fresh Creek Park contains 42 acres of salt marsh. Plants such as Faber’s foxtail and velvetleaf flourish, and many species of birds, butterflies, and fish live inside its borders. You will find nature trails leading along the sanctuary’s eastern shore front, which offers a great place for bird-watching and exploring. What a fun way for the kiddos to learn about nature but by experiencing it first hand.

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4.  Ranching at Bushwick City Farm                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Bushwick City Farms is a network of open spaces run by neighborhood volunteers that provide free food, clothing, and educational programs for the community. During open hours you can volunteer by planting, gardening and harvesting. Also if you want you can feed and pet the chickens, hens, ducks and cats. 

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