Best Place To Stop And Smell The Flowers - 2002
BROOKLYN BOTANIC GARDEN
Although it's not the largest park in the boroughs, the 52-acre BROOKLYN BOTANIC GARDEN offers more than 12,000 species of plants to cure those inner-city blues. For a $3 charge you can stroll the gardens on your afternoon off to reconnect with nature and enjoy the wildlife. The Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden offers a serene overlook of the man-made and natural settings of Japan's rocky coastlinewith supple waterfalls, winding paths, a Shinto shrine, an island, and plenty of harmonious asymmetry. Families may want to start out with the Discovery Garden, where children are encouraged to explore nature with hands-on exhibits and fun paths to walk through. Just north of Prospect Park.