6. Narrows Botanical Garden, Brooklyn

The Narrows Botanical Garden is a unique volunteer-run garden in Bay Ridge Brooklyn. The four and a half acres of gardens that run along Shore Road offer a spectacular view of the Narrows waterway. Visitors to the park can enjoy the Native Plant Sanctuary, Lily Pond, Zen Garden, the Old and Modern Rose Gardens, and the Native Meadow Flower Hillside.

The Narrows Botanical Garden usually hosts a series of annual events, including outdoor summer movies and an autumn Harvest Festival. Events for 2020 are not yet posted to their website, but you are welcome to visit the gardens for free and take in the view of the water.

Along with New York City’s big botanical gardens, there are also many smaller community gardens throughout the city that have reopened for visitors, including the Jefferson Market Garden and the Lotus Garden on the Upper West Side.

Next, check out the Secrets of the Brooklyn Botanic Garden