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“Great summer hangout, but with a surprising lack of services”

Brooklyn Bridge Park
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Brooklyn Bridge Park in Brooklyn has new ‘destination’ playgrounds, including a Water Lab to cool off in summer, Slide Mountain, Swing Valley and the baby friendly Sandbox Village. Jane’s Carousel, in a glass-enclosed pavilion, has restored horses from 1922.
Limerick, Ireland
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“Great summer hangout, but with a surprising lack of services”
Reviewed June 19, 2013

Read about this before going to Brooklyn, and prioritised bringing my 3 year old down here for some outdoor fun in the sun. You can tell Piers 5 & 6 have had a lot of money and effort thrown in, with very well designed play areas and great looking sports fields overlooking the river. They have a fantastic small gated area of sprinklers, fountains and streams for little ones to cool off and splash around in, which is a great idea for the summer.

Because we heard about Pier 1's famous carousel, we started there and walked down, only to find the carousel was closed (Sunday morning), and had to walk ages through a long area of heavy construction on Piers 3-4 to get to any life at Pier 6. The only concession we could find was an ice cream stand which was closed. Given the heat even at 10.30am, we were disappointed not to find any more places to buy a drink or snacks.

What I didn't like about the place was the lack of information and signage. Toilets could not be found except for at Pier 1 (thank God for the travel potty!). I knew there was a Sandbox Village, and had brought a bucket/spade for our little one, but could not find the place. I read about a group of concessions/restaurants at Pier 5 but couldn't find anything at all, and despite the fact that the place was heaving with people, there were no shops anywhere nearby, except for a very small farmers market (fresh fish and veg weren't that useful as snacks!) - we wandered round for ages at the foot of the park trying to find somewhere and there were several retail units opposite the bottom of Pier 6, but were all completely vacant. Perhaps this area has only just been done, and no shops have moved in yet, but there was no information anywhere to tell us either way. Eventually we had to walk into town a few blocks to get anything to eat and drink.

The other important thing to note is that when it's hot, there is little or no shade down here for little ones, and the swings were so red hot, they were dangerous. I could feel myself burning after a very short time at the swings, so if you're coming here with kids, make sure you have shade, snacks, drinks, with you.

Visited June 2013
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New York City, New York
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“One of my Favorite Views, train Rides and Commutes”
Reviewed June 18, 2013

One of the best Bridges in the World! Cross it walking, in a bike, in a cabride ;) you can see everything, in the train as well. Great for taking pictures!!

Visited June 2013
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Reviewed June 17, 2013

Nice place to sit and regroup from walking all over Brooklyn?!, plenty of seats for ppl to sit on!

Visited June 2013
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Saint Louis, Missouri
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“WOW.....great addition to Brooklyn”
Reviewed June 9, 2013

So much to see and do. Kayaking on the river, soccer and ball fields, with more to come for the family. A great addition to the land locked neighborhood. Thank you.

Visited June 2013
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Henderson, Nevada
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“Still Under Construction”
Reviewed June 6, 2013

This is a new state park being developed on New York Harbor at a former federal site which was mostly military docks. The views from here of the harbor are wonderful, especially at night, and there's a walking trail all the way from Old Fulton Street to Atlantic Avenue. As I note, the park is still being constructed and there are many barriers around, but still it's become a prime place for jogging and walking. On summer weekends take the free ferry from Pier 6 to Governor's Island. Or you can take trips on the water taxi at the Old Fulton Street dock, anytime. It's even fun in the snow!

Visited June 2013
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