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Things to Do on New Years Day in Brooklyn

New Years Day 2014: Family-Friendly Outings & Activities for Everyone


What to do in Brooklyn on New Year's Day? Well, here's an idea: how about watching 1200 reasonably sane people take the plunge into the Atlantic Ocean off Coney Island? The Polar Bear dip is just one of the funny, cool, interesting things you can do on New Year's Day — in Brooklyn, New York.

1. Watch the Polar Bear Club Take a Dip in the Atlantic Ocean (Coney Island)

Every January 1, the Polar Bear Club takes a dip into the icy water of the Atlantic Ocean, in Coney Island. See FAQ: Why the do it, how to join, fees and more.

2. Walk the Brooklyn Bridge to DUMBO or Brooklyn Heights

What a wonderful way to start the New Year! Have a stroll across the Brooklyn Bridge. Be forewarned, it can get crowded!

3. Eat New Year's Day Brunch in Brooklyn (Everywhere)

The morning after the night before! You can stand in line at your favorite brunch place, or make a reservation in advance! Here are some good bets for last minute brunch rezzies for New Year's Day in Brooklyn.

4. Hear Music at Barbes (Park Slope)

Enjoy some music on New Years day at tiny Barbes. Following their New Year's tradition, on January 1 Barbes is featuring a Brooklyn duo, The Quavers. As described on the website, "they coax a luminous sound out of decayed samplers, walkmans, vibraphonette, footpedal loopers, tape echo violin and homespun harmonies."

5. Ride Jane's Carousel (DUMBO)

Nestled near the water in Brooklyn's DUMBO neighborhood, this beautiful carousel, opened in 2011, offers indoor entertainment for kids of all ages. The historic carousel has been renovated, and attracts thousands of visitors on holidays.

6. Visit the NY Aquarium (Coney Island)

New York Aquarium
Yes, the NY Aquarium is open on New Year's Day. The animals are on exhibit all year round. It's a fun outing for the family!

7. Take the Kids to Prospect Park Zoo (Prospect Park)

Bring the kids to the zoo to run around and see the adorable animals and wonderful exhibits. There are indoor exhibits, and a snack bar.

8. Go Bowling at Brooklyn Bowl (Williamsburg)

On New Year's Day afternoon, from 2-6 P.M., Brooklyn Bowl hosts a  family bowl with no cover. Brunch is delish!  Have fun rolling in the New Year!

9. Kid Fun at the Jewish Children's Museum (Crown Heights)

Visit this interactive children's museum, which presents an orthodox perspective on Jewish life, traditions, and beliefs. On New Year's Day they have special art programs and a Jewishly oriented quiz game for kids.

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