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Brooklyn Botanic Garden

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Photograph: Caroline Voagen Nelson
Crown Heights

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Those searching for a little peace and quiet would do well to spend a few hours at this verdant oasis. The garden—which abuts two other neighborhood gems: the Brooklyn Museum and Prospect Park—was founded in 1910 and features thousands of types of flora, laid out over 52 acres. Each spring, crowds descend on the space for the Sakura Matsuri Festival, during which more than 70 trees bloom along the Cherry Esplanade. But equally impressive are serene spots like the Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden, the first Japanese-inspired garden built in the U.S., and the Shakespeare Garden, brimming with plants (such as primrose and crocuses) mentioned in the Bard’s works. Start your journey at the Visitor’s Center, an eco-friendly portal (it has a green roof filled with 45,000 plants) that opened in May 2012.

Venue name: Brooklyn Botanic Garden
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Address: 990 Washington Ave
Brooklyn

Cross street: at President St
Opening hours: Tue–Fri 8am–6pm; Sat, Sun 10am–6pm
Transport: Subway: B, Q, Franklin Ave S to Prospect Park; 2, 3 to Eastern Pkwy–Brooklyn Museum; 2, 3, 4, 5 to Franklin Ave
Price: $10, seniors and students $5, children under 12 free. Tue 10am–6pm, Sat 10am–noon free.

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