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One of the oldest and largest botanical gardens in the world, The New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx has 250 acres of gorgeous grounds, 28 specialty gardens and plant collections (such as daylilies, herbs, native plants, perennials, alpine plants, roses, annuals, magnolias, and tulips, as well as thousands of shrubs and trees), 40-acres of the Forest that once covered all of New York, and the spectacular Enid A. Haupt Conservatory.
The Conservatory, an NYC landmark and the nation's most beautiful glasshouse, has been restored as A World of Plants, offering an ecotour through misty tropical rain forests of Latin America, arid deserts of Africa and the Americas, subtropical shrublands of Australia, dazzling flower shows, and more. The Garden's new Everett Children's Adventure Garden brings the wonders of science and the plant kingdom to life for kids and their families; it's a 12-acre indoor/outdoor living museum of nature discovery with 40 hands-on activities - including three outdoor mazes and the Mitsubishi Wild Wetland Trail.
Visitors from all over the world enjoy the gardens, grounds, tours, tram rides, and year-round special events from outdoor concerts and festivals to the Holiday Train Show. With hands-on weekend discovery, craft, and gardening activities for all, The New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx has become New York City's premier center for exploring and enjoying nature. A century of scientific research and the world-renowned Library and Herbarium place the Garden in the forefront of efforts to identify, collect, and study the world's plant life and understand the importance of plants to people and the environment
. From the tranquil oasis of the Rock Garden and the 2700 dazzling plants in the Peggy Rockefeller Rose Garden, to the sparkling waterfall in the dappled shade of the Forest and the international gardens in the Ruth Rea Howell Family Garden, NYBG is alive with beauty and excitement. Whether you bring a picnic or enjoy a snack at the beautiful new Garden Cafe, The New York Botanical Garden is the perfect place to spend a day in nature without leaving the City.
Address: 200th St. and Kazimiroff Blvd. in the Bronx
Tel: (718) 817-8700 (Information)
Opening hours: Open year-round. Garden hours are Tuesday - Sunday and Monday holidays, 10am-6pm, April - October; 10am-4pm, November - March.
Admission charges: The best way to enjoy the Garden is with the Garden Passport, a combination ticket which includes grounds admission, the Conservatory, Rock and Native Plant Gardens, tram tour, and Everett Children's Adventure Garden for $10 for adults, $7.50 for students and seniors, and $4 for children 2-12.
Separately, grounds admission is $3 for adults, $2 for seniors and students, and $1 for children 2-12; under two, free. Grounds admission is free to everyone all day Wednesday and on Saturday from 10am to 12pm.
Separately, Conservatory admission is $3.50 for adults, $2.50 for students and seniors, and $2 for children 2-12.
Admission to the Everett Children's Adventure Garden is $1 for children 2-12, $2 for students and seniors, and $3 for adults.
Travel Routes: The Garden is easy to reach: 20 minutes from midtown, 20 minutes from central Westchester, 20 minutes from the George Washington Bridge, 15 minutes from the Throgs Neck Bridge, and 20 minutes from Grand Central Terminal via Metro-North Railroad.
For travel directions, call (718) 817-8779. The Garden operates a shuttle to and from Manhattan on weekends, April - October. Call (718) 817-8700 for reservations. ($7).