Prospect Park Tours

Discover hidden treasures, natural wonders and little-known tales on these interactive guided tours of Prospect Park in the heart of Brooklyn, presented by Turnstile Tours in partnership with Prospect Park Alliance. While taking in the beauty of this iconic park’s woodlands, waterways, wildlife, and landmarks, explore the fascinating layers of natural and human history, from the flora and geology, to the architectural eras visible in the built environment, to the past and present of recreation and play. Explore how use of the park has changed over time, from the original vision of designers Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux, to projects underway today that support environmental conservation, historic preservation, and recreational and cultural access for Brooklynites and visitors from around the world.

Tour Info & Highlights


      Explore architecture, ecology, and recreation in this 585-acre park known as “Brooklyn’s Backyard”
      Iconic park designed by Frederick Law
    Olmsted and Calvert Vaux, designers of Central Park
      Stops include the Long Meadow, the park’s unique arched passageways, Brooklyn’s largest forest, and the watercourse and lake
        WEEKENDS 10:30am // 2 hours
      Walking tour
      Starts at Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn
      Tours support Prospect Park Alliance

Health & Safety Guidelines

In-person tours are now being offered, but with modifications to protect the health and safety of our visitors, staff, and the public. Please review the guidelines below before booking.

  • Tours are limited to 10 participants.
  • Access to public restrooms may be limited throughout the tour, so please plan accordingly.
  • All tour participants are required to wear a mask that fully covers their nose and mouth for the duration of the tour.
  • Everyone on the tour should remain at least 6 feet apart from all people who are not in their immediate pod or group, as per social distancing guidelines.
  • Participants traveling from out of state must abide by all state and local quarantine rules. See New York’s travel and quarantine information here.
  • In the interest of caution, if you are feeling ill before the tour, please contact us, and we can reschedule or refund your ticket.
  • All tour participants agree to share contact information for the purposes of contact tracing, and that information may be shared with public health officials, as per New York City and State mandates.
  • In the event that a tour participant, in the judgement of the guide, jeopardizes the health and safety of another guest, a guide, or a member of the public (e.g. refuses to wear a mask, refuses to abide by social distancing guidelines, etc.), engages in verbal or physical harassment, displays discriminatory or threatening behavior, or otherwise interferes with the experience of others, they will be removed from the tour, and no refund will be issued.
  • These guidelines are based on current City and State mandates and recommended guidelines. We cannot guarantee that you will not be exposed to COVID-19, and by taking a tour with Turnstile Tours and going outside, you voluntarily assume such risks. Please review our full statement and guidelines on COVID-19 health and safety.
  • Even if you have been partially or fully vaccinated, you must abide by all of these rules.

Admission

  • General Admission: $25 per person
  • Seniors (65+): $22.50
  • Students and Veterans: $22.50
  • Children (5-12): $12.50
  • Prospect Park Alliance Members: 25% off
  • Children under 5 are welcome to attend free
  • Advance ticket purchase is required

Directions

Prospect Park is a 585-acre park located in the center of Brooklyn. Tours may begin and end at different locations, so please take note of this when booking. Visit our Frequently Asked Questions page for more information, or view the Prospect Park map.

Click the map below for Google Maps directions. If traveling by public transportation, visit mta.info for directions and service alerts.

Screen Shot 2017-02-28 at 6.44.50 PMBrooklyn Public Library, Grand Army Plaza

Hidden Treasures, Sustainable Prospect Park, Art & Architecture Tours

Starting Point: Tours begin on the front steps of the Brooklyn Public Library Central Library, located at 10 Grand Army Plaza. The nearest subway stations are at Grand Army Plaza (2,3) and 7th Av (B,Q).

End Point: These tours end at either the LeFrak Center at Lakeside, located in the southeast corner of the park near the Parkside Av (Q) subway station, or at the Children’s Corner, near the Prospect Park (B,Q,S) station.

Private Tours

Please contact us for more details on booking a private tour of Prospect Park, or visit our Group Tours page. Private tours can be offered seven days a week, subject to availability.

Prospect Park Alliance

These tours are offered on behalf of the Prospect Park Alliance, a nonprofit organization founded in 1987 to restore and maintain Prospect Park after a long period of steady deterioration and decline. The Alliance works to preserve the natural environment, restore historic design, and provide public programs and amenities for the Park, which receives more than 10 million visits each year. If you would like to become the member of the Alliance and support their work, you can add a membership to your purchase when reserving tour tickets. Membership levels include:

  • Friend ($35): Prospect Park Alliance aluminum water bottle, $35 off a Citi Bike annual membership, invitations to fall and spring Member Tours & Trails, and 10% off season passes for ice skating, roller skating, bike and boat rentals at the LeFrak Center at Lakeside
  • Supporter ($100): Prospect Park Alliance tote bag, invitation to Member Creatures of the Night tour, subscription to Brooklyn Magazine, $1 off a beer at the Smorgasburg Beer Garden, and complimentary skating admission on Wednesdays
  • Family Supporter ($150): All of the Supporter benefits, plus unlimited rides on the Carousel (for family of four), invitation to Members Morning at Children’s Corner, and $25 off children’s birthday party rentals at the Carousel, Lefferts Historic House, LeFrak Center at Lakeside, and the Tennis Center

Prospect Park Alliance logo with text and a graphic of a leaf

These tours are offered in partnership with Prospect Park Alliance, a nonprofit organization founded in 1987 to restore and maintain Prospect Park, and are part of the ongoing celebrations for Frederick Law Olmsted’s 200th birthday year, Olmsted 200.

Learn more about Prospect Park