Day out in Brooklyn

When I travel, getting to know where other adventurers are from is a must for me. No matter how big or small their city home is, I find it fascinating to at least picture the environment the traveler grew up in.

Me? Funny enough, whenever asked, I never take the generic route and say the United States; it's either "Brooklyn" or "New York City". This city is an adventure in itself. But, after traveling for sometime and graduating from university out of state, I feel (don't laugh) as though I have become a visitor to my very own borough- yet still, I am well acquainted. Odd, but true. In spite of that, I decided to visit a couple of settings for fun.

So the other day, while catching up on life, my friend and I took a mini-field trip to the New York Aquarium in Coney Island; it reminded the both of us how much of a kid we can be at heart (the Cyclone is close by, but we decided to save that for another day). We first saw a free Seal and Sea Lion show, then later had a guide inform us on some interesting information about clown fishes and their way of parenting.

Tank of fish! The clown fish is here... somewhere. During the summer the aquarium is free from 4:00-5:00pm on Fridays

Tank of fish! The clown fish is here... somewhere. During the summer the aquarium is free from 4:00-5:00pm on Fridays

Fishes being camera shy...

Fishes being camera shy...

the show!

the show!

Hanging with the Enhydra lutris (sea otters)

Hanging with the Enhydra lutris (sea otters)

The next day, I ventured on a walking trip around the prospect heights area (this is one of my favorite parts of Brooklyn). I spent some time in the Central Library (and yes, it was the kids section...what can I say) and took a walk around prospect park and the Grand Army Plaza area.

Grand Army Plaza local stop

Grand Army Plaza local stop

Neighborhood in Prospect Heights

Neighborhood in Prospect Heights

Swan in Prospect Park

Swan in Prospect Park

Just a tiny piece of Prospect Park- the swamp, watery part. The park is huge

Just a tiny piece of Prospect Park- the swamp, watery part. The park is huge

Central Library

Central Library

Kid at heart...what can I say

Kid at heart...what can I say

Bailey Fountain

Bailey Fountain

Grand Army Plaza- JFK Memorial

Grand Army Plaza- JFK Memorial

Later that week, a couple of friends and I checked out Brooklyn Bridge Park. The vibe is energetic, the piers are good fun and the view is pretty neat.

Walk down Brooklyn Bridge Park

Walk down Brooklyn Bridge Park

It's nice having Manhattan across the street

It's nice having Manhattan across the street

the docks...

the docks...

The Brooklyn Bridge herself!

The Brooklyn Bridge herself!

Down the Piers

Down the Piers

Taking a walk around prospect park, spending time in the Central Library, playing a sport on a pier in Brooklyn Bridge Park, or simply admiring the Prospect Heights area are all simple ways of making the most out of a borough, whether you are new or old to the environment. I tend to take these ventures at least once a week, if I have the time. Being that I am a Brooklynite, I figured it best for me to begin with my borough.

Nonetheless, there is plenty more outside of Brooklyn and I'll be delving into that very soon!

Stay well!

-Raè