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Grand Army Plaza

The former grounds of Revolutionary War battles have been transformed into a spacious public plaza featuring a series of monuments, fountains and sculptures.

Stroll around Grand Army Plaza, a large public space designed by architects Calvert Vaux and Frederick Law Olmsted as an impressive entrance to Prospect Park. Wander around the plaza’s concentric ovals and explore its collection of monuments, many of which are dedicated to those who lost their lives in patriotic battle.

Explore the leafy outer section of the plaza. Intended as a vital design element of Prospect Park, the plaza marks the division between the busy city streets and the peaceful sanctuary of the park. Wander among the heritage plantings and escape the sounds of the city.

Cross the inner road to Grand Army Plaza’s core, which encircles the Bailey Fountain. Admire the bronze statues, which depict the allegories of Wisdom and Felicity. Nearby, you’ll find the John F. Kennedy Memorial.

The Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Arch dominates the southern end of the inner oval. This elaborate triumphal arch bears the inscription: “To the defenders of the Union, 1861–1865.” Note an equestrian relief of Ulysses S. Grant. Spot the statue of Civil War general Gouverneur K. Warren. The plaza was renamed Grand Army Plaza in the early 1900s to honor Union veterans who served in the American Civil War. Explore the plaza’s leafy gardens to find memorials to prominent Brooklynites Dr. Alexander J.C. Skene and banker Henry W. Maxwell.

Visit Grand Army Plaza on a Saturday to check out the weekly farmers market, known as the Greenmarket. Located near the arch, the market features a range of produce from regional growers and local artisans. Watch a cooking demonstration or purchase healthy treats to enjoy during your walk around Prospect Park.

Grand Army Plaza marks the northern entrance of Prospect Park. Reach the area easily by bus or subway. A parking garage is located near the Brooklyn Museum. Explore the bicycle paths or take your time discovering the plaza on foot. The plaza is within a short walking distance of the Brooklyn Museum, the Brooklyn Public Library and the Brooklyn Botanic Garden.

Popular Activities at Grand Army Plaza

Give yourself loads of time at Grand Army Plaza. Below are the most popular things to do:

Your next big adventure is right here! You might like to try out a Central Park Walking Tour plus Top of The Rock Ticket or a Central Park Walking Tour.

For many more activities, peruse our Brooklyn things to do page.


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