6. Brooklyn Botanic Garden

Waterfall at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden

This addition to the Brooklyn Botanic Garden‘s Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden was designed by its landscaper to evoke the feel and sights of Japan. The two-tiered waterfall is and surrounding shrubbery, meticulously replicated from indigenous species normally found in Japan, seem to transport us right out of New York and far into the east. It is also one of the garden’s prime locations to observe the annual cherry blossom season.