Exploring Park Slope, Prospect Park and the Botanical Gardens

Time to explore the heart of Brooklyn and some of the most beautiful places in the City!  The co-designers of Central Park, Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux, deemed Prospect Park to be their masterpiece. After enjoying some nature and serenity in the lovely Botanical Gardens (free on Saturday mornings!) and Prospect Park, we'll traverse what may very well be New York City's best all-around urban neighborhood: Park Slope:  the only NYC neighborhood to make it into America's top ten places to live ranked by the American Planning Association.  Park Slope has some of the city's most elegant and late 19th century homes, enveloped by tree-lined streets.  Interesting architecture abounds, from the drama of Grand Army Plaza to the Old Stone House, a farmhouse from the year 1699 that was one of the pivotal sites of the first major battle of the American Revolution - The Battle of Brooklyn.  This will be a perfect opportunity to honor and remember the 4th of July holiday!

Due to the length of the tour I recommend bringing food to eat which will allow us to enjoy a picnic lunch. The adventure ends in the unique Gowanus neighborhood, a perfect place to enjoy a cold drink after a long and rewarding walk!  We'll be ending near a subway station and directions to your next destination will be provided.

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  • Tania

    Lovely day, enjoyed our 5 hour adventure. Thanks Hank, great group. See you all next time.

    September 22, 2013

  • Laura S

    Beautiful day, wonderful group.

    September 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    It was great, but exhausting. Ended up back at museum so of course I had to go in. Long day, but covered so much turf. Nice meeting everyone.

    September 22, 2013

  • Sara

    Thank you Hank for a wonderful informative walk! A beautiful day in a beautiful place with a great group of people.

    September 21, 2013

  • EZ R.

    A wonderful walk in the parks, a nice group, a beautiful day.

    The Vale of Cashmere was a disappointment! There was no water in the pond, and it was all overgrown with weeds. They renovated and restored it a few years ago, but I guess they didn't have the money for ongoing maintenance. Too bad! It can be a beautiful place.

    September 21, 2013

  • Jessica

    I had a fantastic time! Thank you so much for such an informative and enjoyable day. I look forward to the next adventure. It was very nice meeting everyone!

    September 21, 2013

  • Shalonda

    Hank, I'm still headed there will be 10 minutes late looks like train trouble .. Hopefully I will be able to find the group

    September 21, 2013

  • Rubi

    Wow - I really wanted to do this, but just got notified too late - already signed up to play duplicate today at Cavendish bridge club - soooo some other lucky person will now get my place as I change my wait list RSVP to NO

    September 21, 2013

  • PEGGY K.

    I loved the tour today,, and it was so nice meeting you Hank, I am sorry I cannot make the Botanical Garden Sat.. I did take my name off, so someone can go.............. I will see u at the next Meet up. thanks again............it was truly the best

    September 20, 2013

  • EZ R.

    Lifting Nature's Veil in Brooklyn, New York

    Just out of earshot of Flatbush Avenue’s surging traffic, you’ll find a strangely forsaken forest idyll in Prospect Park’s Vale of Cashmere—a dim green pocket blessed with an air of stately decay. Thick with trailing plants and tall trees that blot out the sun, this spot displays a wild, crumbling elegance. Its old stone benches make it an ideal place to sit and enjoy the sounds, which amount to little more than the cries of birds and wind rustling the leaves. Its centerpiece is an ancient artificial pond, choked with lily pads and home to the occasional duck—a peaceful scene that makes the rest of the park seem hectic by comparison.

    September 20, 2013

  • EZ R.

    Don't forget the Rose Garden and the Vale of Cashmere, in Prospect Park.

    September 20, 2013

  • naomi d.

    How on earth can I have the pleasure , when each time I choose
    I'll be placed on the long waiting list!! not very plausible??

    2 · September 5, 2013

    • Marco.P

      It's annoying. I'm on a waiting list for all the tours. Someone will have to start there own tour

      1 · September 19, 2013

  • Angelita

    I would love, love love to do this one! However I'm on the waiting list :-((. Could you schedule this again on a Saturday. Thanks and my best to everyone.

    2 · September 19, 2013

  • Paulette

    Yes, please! And can we possibly start LATER, Hank, if you schedule this again on a Saturday?

    1 · September 18, 2013

  • Hank O.

    Wow - with such a waiting list I think I will have to repeat this one.

    6 · September 18, 2013

    • Heather

      That is a great idea.

      1 · September 18, 2013

    • Marco.P

      That's a must but only allow those on the waiting list to go only.

      1 · September 18, 2013

  • Thomas O.

    Hello, is there a cost for this walk?

    September 6, 2013

  • Rubi

    I am not on the list, but wanted to make a comment about the old Stone House. This is in the back of the playground (J.J. Byrne) where I always take my granddaughter and it is a really cool little museum. Have fun everyone.

    1 · September 18, 2013

  • Susan

    Since I was on the waiting list and wasn't sure I'd get in I opted to instead make other plans. Hope someone else who's waiting can get in in my place!

    3 · September 18, 2013

    • mayra

      ok thank you for being considarate

      September 18, 2013

  • Edward K.

    Something Else Came Up.

    September 15, 2013

  • griselda

    It's free?

    September 12, 2013

  • PEGGY K.

    so glad I made it to join on this outing.... my daughter Christine and I are very excited... she had lived in Az. for 9 years and is back in NY to stay.............. so this will be a fun trip for us both, and we both enjoy exploring, we drove her car from Az. with my grandson, 11 states in 7 days.. that was really great..

    July 9, 2013

  • PEGGY K.

    looks like a nice day.. finally I will be able to join the group, and bring my daughter Christine...................... I wrote it on my calendar...

    July 7, 2013

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