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Brooklyn Botanic Gardens—When to Go, What to See, How to Get There

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Top NYC Attraction—Japanese Garden and Pond at Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Brooklyn Botanic Gardens—When to Go, What to See, How to Get There

Japanese Garden and Pond at Brooklyn Botanic Gardens, with cherry blossoms

Photo © Ellen Freudenheim
What's remarkable about the gracious, peaceful Japanese pond and garden at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden is its enduring appeal to people of all ages. Even the youngest child will be enchanted by the fish and meandering paths.

In keeping with the traditions of Japanese gardens, visitors get a different perspective on the garden, depending on where one stands. Individual features of the garden are " revealed" as one makes the short journey around the perimeter of the pond, over a tiny footbridge, past a small waterfall, and up and around a " secret" pathway through a miniature wooded hill.

There's no best season to visit the Japanese Garden. During a hot New York City summer, it's refreshing to be near the pond's water. It is gorgeous in winter, with snow adorning the trees and structures. Autumn colors reflect in the pond.

Trip ideas for visiting the Japanese Garden with children

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