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With the weather finally warming up, there’s no better time to plan your spring and summer weekend excursions. In partnership with the Prospect Park Alliance, Turnstile Tours is offering a range of walking tours this season, exploring the history, architecture, and nature of the iconic park (h/t Brownstoner). New and seasoned visitors of the park alike will be able to discover hidden treasures, little-known tales, and learn about the Alliance’s new facilities and ongoing conservation efforts.
In addition to a two-hour tour of the park’s art and architecture from the era of Vaux and Olmsted to the present day, there’s the Wells and Waterways tour that will guide you through the park’s scenic man-made water streams and explain how they are maintained. The tour includes a behind-the-scenes look at one of the most unique features of the park, the 1869 Wellhouse—the park’s last remaining building by Calvert Vaux—which once housed the machinery that fueled the park’s waterways.
If you’re already well-versed in the park’s history, you might consider the Hidden Treasures tour, which will take you to some of the lesser-known areas of the sprawling 585-acre park, including the Rose Garden and Vale of Cashmere and the 150-acre Ravine, Brooklyn’s last remaining forest.
And if you’re looking for a kid-friendly option, consider the Family Fun in Brooklyn’s Backyard tour, complete with an interactive scavenger hunt, as well as carousel and zoo access.
All tours begin at the Brooklyn Public Library at Grand Army Plaza at 10:30 a.m. every Sunday from April 28 through November 24, 2019. Check out the full schedule of available tours and information on scheduling a private tour here >>
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