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5 Places to Watch the Sunset in Brooklyn

Updated: Mar 24, 2022

After a busy day navigating the streets of Brooklyn, you’ll want a few moments to yourself to relax, be present, and soak in your surroundings.

A cityscape of New York with the Brooklyn Bridge to the right. Below New York's skyline is the water flowing in the Hudson and above the skyline are beautiful colors from the sunset which range from orange to pink to blue.

One of our favorite ways to slow down and appreciate the little moments is to end the day watching a beautiful sunset.

Here are five places to catch the perfect New York sunset in Brooklyn:

The Boathouse

The Boathouse actually faces west, so it’s a perfect opportunity to see the sunset over the water and watch Prospect Park transition in​​to its post-sunset splendor with lights lit up along your walking path. If you’d like, take a seat on the steps of the Boathouse or you can walk around and experience the sunset from different perspectives of the park.

Exterior view of the white building with a terracotta roof known as the Boathouse in Prospect Park, Brooklyn. Nearby are dozens of trees and water in which you can see the reflection of the Boathouse and lamp posts mirrored onto the water's surface.

Marsha P. Johnson State Park

If you’re in Brooklyn and near Williamsburg, Marsha P. Johnson State Park is another great option for viewing the sunset. The riverside park offers waterfront views and is a great spot for having a quick picnic with a view of the city’s skyline.

Brooklyn Bridge Park

The Brooklyn Bridge Park is a perfect area for sunset viewing and enjoying a nice evening picnic. Of course given its name, another iconic New York landmark finds itself lending to the grandeur of this view: the Brooklyn Bridge. The park consists of 85-acres of rolling hills, gardens, and waterfront views, and there are also several activities in the area year-round.

Jane’s Carousel

Not far from Brooklyn Bridge Park is the area near Jane’s Carousel. From this side of the Brooklyn Bridge, you’ll enjoy similar waterfront views and close-up shots of the iconic landmark, but you’ll also be able to see the whimsical lights of Jane’s Carousel lighting up the waterfront.

Jane's carousel at night illuminated by the bright decorative lights attached to the carousel. Reflected onto the glass walls are the bright lights of the carousel, located in DUMBO, Brooklyn.

Domino Park

Step into this space and you’ll see how a once industrial area has transformed into a 5-acre public park with bold colors and historic artifacts popping up throughout the landscape. Domino Park is another ideal picnic location, and at any given moment you’ll find locals and travelers alike enjoying the waterfront. You can watch the sunset from several locations in the park such as the elevated walkway, the fountain and seating steps, the fog bridge, and more.


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