Sometimes the city get's a little overwhelming, especially towards the end of the school semester, but New York never fails to disappoint with its range of experiences. The Brooklyn Botanical Gardens are only 20 minutes outside of Manhattan, but feel like a different world entirely. I think my favorite was the Japanese Zen Garden, I felt like I was in an autumnal version of Monet's Gardens in Giverny, which I visited earlier this year. It's so much more peaceful than Central Park, with people leisurely strolling through the gardens and children playing in the leaves. I'll definitely be back in spring and summer to see the cherry blossoms and the water lilies.