It’s difficult to describe the Prospect Park Boathouse in just a few words. It’s a beaux arts landmark that was almost demolished during NYC’s bankrupt years and has been revived as a movie location for period pieces and a wedding venue that gets top marks from The Knot. And it’s also the home base for the Audubon Society in Prospect Park (their only one in a major city).
Since Prospect Park is also home to blue jays, red-bellied woodpeckers, and black-crowned night-herons, this is a good place to get some guidance on your weekend birdwatching expeditions. Inside, you’ll find a small hands-on exhibition of some of the park’s resident creatures and critters as well as a small play area for little humans. Check the website for innovative kid-friendly “Pop-up Audubon” events that take place at locations throughout the park.