2023 Winter Checklist

January 19, 2023

As we kick off 2023, enjoy all the fun that winter has to offer in Prospect Park! From sledding, skating, winter walks and more, we’ve put together 6 activities in a  Prospect Park Winter Checklist for you to check off your list this season for a winter well-spent. Take a look and we’ll see you in the park.

1. Explore an Underground Soundwalk in Prospect Park

Gain a new perspective of your park this season! While winter may seem like a quiet time in Brooklyn’s Backyard, there is a bustling ecosystem of sound and movement happening just below the soil’s surface all year long! Beginning at a trailhead by Dog Beach, explore the deep resonant sounds of the insides of trees, the roots of plants, shifting soil, waterways and more through Nikki Lindt’s The Underground Sound Project.

2. Sledding in Brooklyn’s Backyard

Both through nature and by design, Prospect Park’s landscape is dotted with rolling hills, which makes it prime territory for winter sledding on a snowy winter day. When conditions are right, make sure to check out the top sledding destinations in Brooklyn’s Backyard. Tip: make sure to get there early, spots on the slopes of Prospect Park fill up early on snowy days, and don’t forget to #BeAParkChampion and carry any broken sledding materials with you out of the park!

3. Mid-Winter Recess at the Audubon Center

Get to know the plants and animals that call Brooklyn’s Backyard home in the winter with family friendly programming at the Prospect Park Audubon Center! Enjoy seasonal discovery stations and investigate pond samples at 12 pm, learn from the Alliance’s Naturalists about the ​​animals in the Audubon Center’s collection, and set out on a winter wilderness walk at 3 pm and search for woodpeckers, chickadees, nuthatches and more.

4. Ice Skating at LeFrak Center at Lakeside

Prospect Park’s two open-air ice skating rinks are not to be missed this winter. Enjoy hours of winter fun gliding through Brooklyn’s Backyard, and even try your hand at hockey or brush-up on your skating technique at skate school. Plus, after your hours out on the ice, don’t forget to fuel-up with a treat from Bluestone Cafe.

5. Enjoy a Winter Walk

Prospect Park is scenic in all seasons, but wintertime provides a sense of serenity unlike all else. Enjoy the season in Brooklyn’s Backyard by exploring the many walking trails and stunning vistas in our urban oasis. Have a favorite winter walking route? Share it with us by tagging us in your winter walking photos @prospect_park!

6. Join a First Sunday Birdwatching Outing

Start your month off with some chirp and cheer and join the Brooklyn Bird Club and Prospect Park Alliance on the first Sunday of each month in search of the many bird species that visit and live in the park. Keep your eyes open for exciting winter species-sightings and learn about the different habitats in Prospect Park and why they are important for all types of birds. Please bring your own binoculars.

Completed your 2023 Prospect Park Winter Checklist? Check out more events in Prospect Park to make the most of the season.