Sometimes it’s good to get away from it all, and breathe in the salty-sea air. In most cities, this simply isn’t an option, but right here in NYC, we’ve got a taste of the ocean right on our doorstep at Pier 1 Brooklyn Bridge Park.

For relaxing and chilled out things to do in Brooklyn; visit Brooklyn Bridge Park. Pier 1 and Pier 6 are now fully open, and offer a huge range of activities for the whole family, including serene nature walks through the Marsh Garden, free seasonal boating out on the open waters and artfully landscaped lawns that are perfect to settle down with a picnic upon, or to snuggle up on in a winter’s coat, armed with a thermos filled with some warm coffee! Both Piers also offer a number of scenic paths to stroll down, which makes for the perfect activity to dust off the cobwebs at the weekend and enjoy the natural surroundings.

For those who think this all sounds a little too sedate, don’t panic. Brooklyn Bridge Park also offers livelier activities; so those looking for more active things to do in Brooklyn, whilst still getting away from the bustle of the inner city, will not be disappointed. Pier 6 boasts sand volleyball courts, and Pier 1 offers bicycle rentals, for those looking to enjoy the views of the waters at speed. The kids are catered for too, with a huge range of play areas, including the wet and wild Water Lab on Pier 6 and the exciting Slide Mountain. Even the dogs are catered for, with a well sized dog run on Pier 6. For things to do in Brooklyn, few locations spoil the entire family quite as much as this one!

Work still continues on Brooklyn Bridge Park, and some of the plans for the remaining 4 piers include basketball and handball courts, skating rinks and playing fields, for those wanting to play a bit of soccer or other team sports. And what is truly great is that there is a real focus on sustainability, from energy conservation to using salvaged materials for construction.

With such a vast array of activities, you may plan to spend just an hour and end up staying the whole day. As far as things to do in Brooklyn go, taking time to enjoy some fresh air, whilst using the excellent facilities at Brooklyn Bridge Park.