Staycation 2014

April 1, 2014 | Medgar Evers College

In less than two weeks, Spring Break 2014 will kick off.  Do you need something to do during your time off, with only limited funds? Why not rediscover Brooklyn and NYC? Here are some great places you can visit and things you can do to relax and enjoy your spring recess.

Brooklyn Botanic Garden – The Brooklyn Botanic Garden is lovely any time of the year, but especially when the cherry blossoms or rose garden are in full bloom. There are programs for everyone to enjoy, a stunning Japanese garden complete with a koi pond, tree-lined paths and a conservatory with an amazing bonsai collection. The new Terrace Café offers a full menu of sustainably-farmed and locally-sourced food, and the recently opened gift shop will be a go-to place for spring shopping. One thing that you must see when visiting is the Celebrity Path where stepping-stones are inscribed with names of famous Brooklynites past and present.

Brooklyn Bridge Park – Some city parks—Central and Prospect, most obviously—were built to replicate rustic fields and preserve serene woodland. Brooklyn Bridge Park, however, was not—and that’s precisely why it has become so popular in the almost three years since it debuted. The project has transformed a chunk of the Brooklyn waterfront into a nearly 85-acre expanse; several sections house unique attractions such as Jane’s Carousel, a restored 1920s merry-go-round, and riverside esplanades with gorgeous Manhattan views. Pier 5, the first part of the park designed specifically for “active recreation,” opened in late 2012, cementing the space as the city’s premier urban playground.

Circle Line Boat Tours – From 30 minutes to 3 hours, there’s a Circle Line Tour for everyone. Whether you are exploring New York for the first time, rediscovering your hometown or seeking a mini-vacation, a Circle Line cruise is a relaxing and fun way to see the world’s most famous skyline. There are numerous cruises to choose from. Discover New York with the City’s best tour guides!

Barclay’s CenterLocated in the heart of Brooklyn, at the crossroads of Atlantic and Flatbush Avenues, Barclay’s Center is setting a new standard as the showcase venue for the world’s most thrilling entertainment and sports events. Visit their website for a host of fun events happening this spring and beyond.

Enjoy your spring recess!