2 BR / 1 BA / Sleeps 8 2 8 3 night min Apartment / 2 Bedrooms / Sleeps 8
2 BR / 1 BA / Sleeps 8 2 8 2 night min Apartment / 2 Bedrooms / Sleeps 8
Across the East River from Manhattan and south of Queens sits the most populated borough of New York City: Brooklyn. This part of the city has a robust arts district, parks that rival Central Park, and countless things to do for vacationers of all ages. Although the glitz of Manhattan might be the first thing that comes to mind when planning a trip to the Big Apple, rent the right Brooklyn vacation rental and you’ll quickly turn your trip from good to incredible.
The weather in Brooklyn can vary day to day and especially season to season. Spring typically brings light winds and rain and sees temperatures with an average high of 60 degrees Fahrenheit. This time of year brings budding flowers and kicks off the start of parades, festivals, and free outdoor performances during the spring and summer months. In the summer, temperatures are often in the 80s and days are sunny. The fall brings cooler air and a need to pack layers for your trip. During the winter, expect cold temperatures and occasional snowy days.
While numerous residential neighborhoods give Brooklyn its soul, New York City’s bustling borough has lots of unique neighborhoods to explore.
- Williamsburg: Considered one of the hippest neighborhoods in Brooklyn, it offers many unique boutiques, secondhand shops and has a hot late-night bar scene. It’s right on the water and boasts spectacular views of the Manhattan skyline.
- Downtown: This tourist hot spot is chic, but it is family-friendly for shopping, historic churches, walks along the waterfront, some of the best views of Manhattan, and even better restaurants. It’s a bustling cultural district with much to see and do. Snag a brownstone as one of your first Downtown Brookline vacation rentals for a truly one-of-a-kind experience.
- Prospect Heights: A little quieter than Downtown, it has museums, gardens, and parks galore, as well as a main drag that’s perfect for strolling after a day at the museum.
- Bedford-Stuyvesant: Classic Brooklyn, this area is quintessential Americana with Victorian housing, magnificent residential architecture, and an impressive mix of old and new.
- Coney Island: This area hardly needs introducing. Home to historic attractions, beachfront, and the ever-famous Nathan’s, the neighborhood is the perfect place for families to spend a day in Brooklyn.
Brooklyn features an extensive public transit system making it easy for vacationers to get around during a stay here. Fly into LaGuardia Airport or JFK International Airport and then take a taxi to your Brooklyn vacation rental. For the rest of your stay, take advantage of New York’s subway system, extensive network of buses, and abundance of taxis, or simply walk to your destination.
Things to do
There is no shortage of things to do and see while visiting Brooklyn. Whether you’re bringing the whole family on an urban getaway or you’re looking to soak up some culture over a long weekend trip, there’s an attraction for everyone.
For families: You may not think New York City is kid-friendly, but all five boroughs can keep little ones active and amused. While visiting, take a stroll over the Brooklyn Bridge to get to FAO Schwarz, hit the Brooklyn Children’s Museum and the Ice Cream Factory, or explore the New York Aquarium and roller coasters at Coney Island and Deno’s Amusement Park. In the evening, take a ride on the exquisite Jane’s Carousel. It was the first Carousel to be put on the National Register of Historic Places, and it’s located in Brooklyn’s Dumbo neighborhood. There’s no end to the memories your kids will make here.
Outdoors: Brooklyn is pedestrian-friendly and full of things to see without having to step out of the sunshine. Prospect Park rivals Central Park, and even the park designers prefer Brooklyn’s. Brooklyn Bridge Park is an urban playground on the waterfront, and the Botanical Garden is home to 52 acres, including a Japanese garden that hosts the Sakura Matsuri Festival. Brighton Beach Boardwalk offers a more peaceful beachside experience.
Arts & Culture: Brooklyn has its share of great museums, but add in the other boroughs and museums could make up a vacation on their own. The Brooklyn Museum, the New York Transit Museum, the American Museum of Natural History and the South Street Seaport are just the start. For music and art-lovers, catch a performance at the Brooklyn Academy of Music or watch a show at the majestic Kings Theatre.
With the other boroughs of New York just a short subway ride away, and with so many amazing things to do right at your fingertips, Brooklyn is guaranteed to be a pleasing destination for everyone. Brooklyn vacation rentals can serve as great launching points for any adventure, and provide a cozy, homey setting that hotels simply cannot offer.