With so many cultural and natural attractions in one place, it might be tempting to just hang around along Eastern Pkwy to see the big sights: Grand Army Plaza and the Brooklyn Museum, Public Library and Botanic Garden. But it's a busy thoroughfare and there's a lot more borough to see out there, with vibrant, untouristed neighborhoods to the south (not to mention the artfully 'wild' Prospect Park itself). If you're in an intrepid mood, hop the Q train a few stops south (to Beverley or Cortelyou Rd) to the beautiful, urban oasis Ditmas Park and wander down unexpectedly quiet bourgeois streets filled with stately tree-shrouded homes in Queen Anne, southern neo-Classical, Victorian and plenty of other styles. While you're down there, you can grab a bite at one of the lovely local cafes…but if you want to see a part of Brooklyn that even most other New Yorkers never get to, continue down to the Ave J stop in Midwood, where you'll find one of the best pizza slices in town at Di Fara, made by the same owner-chef since 1964.

Serious history buffs will want to make the trek out east to Weeksville Heritage Center for a guided tour of this incredibly important site in local African American history – and maybe even all the way down to East Flatbush to see the Wyckoff House Museum, where you're likely to have the tour guide all to yourself as they explain the fascinating history behind this mid-17th-century building and the early Dutch colonial family who built it.