summer adventures | Brooklyn Bridge Park

The Summer Adventures series focuses on affordable summer fun for families in Westchester and the lower Hudson Valley. It’s all about exploring our own backyard and is the perfect resource for planning a killer staycation or finding something awesome to do this weekend. Interested in more local love? Head here.

summer adventures | Brooklyn Bridge Park

This weekend we packed the girls up to head down to Brooklyn Heights to visit my brother-in-law and his girlfriend. They live within walking distance from Brooklyn Bridge Park and, let me tell you, we fell absolutely in love with the area. Samantha is still insisting that we need a summer home there. If a summer home in Brooklyn was the sort of thing we could afford, we would completely agree with her.

It’s not surprising that we love the area. We’re big fans of waterfront parks and Brooklyn Bridge Park is a tough one to beat. It’s huge and full of gorgeous gardens and greenery, lots of spaces for fun (like playgrounds and splash parks, volleyball courts, soccer fields and more), and absolutely unbeatable views of Manhattan.

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Jenna, my brother-in-law’s girlfriend, found a cool Pier Kids event that she thought the girls would love. She was totally right. This particular event was a mask and puppet theater performance called Hook, Line and Sinker about fishing in the Hudson River—and how PCBs effect it. The perfect combination of theater, science, art, and local flavor, the show held both of the girls’ interest throughout. Not only was the show fun and entertaining, but the handmade costumes and sets were gorgeous, the science pulled Sam in deeper, and the fact that it was about something incredibly local made it even more intriguing.

Put on by Arm of the Sea Theater, we totally recommend the show. Based in the Hudson Valley, they’re performing throughout the region all summer long.

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The setting for the show honestly couldn’t have been more beautiful. We sat in a grassy field overlooking the East River with the Manhattan skyline jutting up in the background. An installation that said understanding rotated above our heads and I couldn’t help but think about how lucky we are to live in an area that exposes us to so many incredible, diverse experiences.

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Brooklyn Bridge Park is a fantastic day trip for families in Westchester and the Hudson Valley. Pack some bathing suits and towels and maybe a picnic lunch and explore everything the different piers have to offer. Better yet, check out the Pier Kids calendar and plan your trip around one of their fun, free events.

Have you taken your family to Brooklyn Bridge Park? What was your favorite part?

Written by Jennifer Garry
Jen is a freelance writer and girl mom from New York. When she's not knee-deep in glittery crafts and girl talk, you can probably find her sprawled across her couch in the middle of a Netflix marathon with dark chocolate smeared on her face. The struggle is real.