Pier 3 at Brooklyn Bridge Park, the final pier to be refurbished in our favorite 1.3-mile, 85-acre waterfront park, is now open for summer fun. The added five acres of open space includes a great open lawn, an exploratory labyrinth for kiddos of all ages, and a dedicated outdoor space for performances and events. This latest addition brings the park of epic playgrounds to 90% completion.
The exploratory labyrinth is a major draw for families. A shrub-lined path leads curious explorers to a walk-in kaleidoscope, mirrored games, picnic tables, excavated railroad tracks, parabolic reflectors, echo games, structures to climb, and dance chimes, among other kid-friendly discoveries.
The heart of Pier 3 is the large central lawn, where park-goers can relax, picnic, and enjoy the waterfront views. In the outer section of the pier, you’ll find a grove with picnic tables and Adirondack chairs. This will also be the spot for future performances and events: Just imagine catching an outdoor concert or movie under the stars here with the beautiful Manhattan skyline in the background.
Thanks to the 554 (count 'em!) trees that were planted in the space, there are plenty of shaded areas. You’ll find bathrooms nearby on Pier 2. For snacks, check out Lizzmonade at the pop-up pool or the concessions near Piers 1 and 6. Ready to explore the rest of the waterfront Miracle Mile? Don't miss our guide to the 25 best things to do in Brooklyn Bridge Park with kids.