Founded in 1891, the New York Botanical Garden boasts one of the world's greatest collections of plants. Fifty gardens, 50-acres of native forest, and a stunning Victorian-style glasshouse can all be explored when you visit the gardens in the Bronx.
Tips for Visiting
No matter how many times you visit this sprawling green space, make sure to grab a map. It will help you plan your route and avoid getting lost, but it will also help you make the most of your visit.
Maps are available for free at the entrance.
The New York Botanical Garden is open Tuesday through Sunday. With the exception of federal holidays such as Memorial Day and Labor Day, it is closed on Mondays and is also closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.
Eating in the gardens is half the fun, as most guests are unaware that you are allowed to bring a lunch to enjoy in the picnic area (near the Children's Adventure Garden). If you'd prefer, you can also buy sandwiches, salads and more from the Pine Tree Cafe, or enjoy a more polished lunch at the Hudson Garden Grill.
Make sure not to miss the Shop in the Garden. They have a great array of products perfect for your loved ones with a green thumb, as well as other garden-themed gifts and keepsakes.
Getting to the New York Botanical Garden
The New York Botanical Garden is located at 2900 Southern Boulevard in the Bronx, NY. Getting to the garden is easier than it may seem, via the following modes of transportation:
- The New York Botanical Garden is located directly across the street from the Metro-North Botanical Garden Station (local stop) on the Harlem Line. You can catch the train from Grand Central Terminal or Harlem-125th Street station, and it is just a brief, 20-minute ride.
- If you are not located near the Metro-North stations, the subway is also a great option, though it will be a long ride. Take the B, D or 4 trains to Bedford Park Boulevard. and either walk or take a bus to the Botanical Gardens. More detailed train transfer and walking directions can be found on the NYBG website.
- If you would rather drive, or unable to take public transportation, parking is available just outside the entrance of the New York Botanical Garden. Given New York City parking rates, a daily parking pass at the Garden is surprisingly affordable, though it is more expensive on weekends and holidays.
New York Botanical Garden with Kids
The gardens are a perfect outing for the whole family. From the interactive Everett Children's Adventure Garde, which offers activities geared towards children 2-12 years old, including mazes, hands-on activities and more to the Ruth Rea Howell Family Garden that allows kids to get their hands dirty by digging in the dirt, there is no shortage of daily activities for kids.
New York Botanical Garden Annual Events
The gardens are a popular destination year round but from late February to early April, while it's still frigid in New York City, the gardens become a tropical paradise. The annual Orchid Show, held inside the conservatory, is the cheapest and easiest way to escape the winter cold and enjoy thousands of stunning orchids.
The Holiday Train Show, held in late November through early January is hit among train enthusiasts and families alike. It's a great way to celebrate the season, and again, enjoy some "outdoor" time while the weather outside may be frightful.