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Brooklyn Botanic Garden

Botanic Garden Botanic Garden Photo by Steve Soblick via Flickr

One of the most breathtaking natural beauties to be found in the city limits of a city known for its skyscrapers and electric lights, stepping out to the borough Brooklyn for the express purpose of visiting the Brooklyn Botanic Garden is something you must do at least once on a trip to New York City. Covering clear over 52 acres of land, this botanical garden offers a number of specialty gardens, educational research facilities, incredible installations, one of the most magnificent conservatories, as well as the C.V. Starr Bonsai Museum. If your finding that you’ve had more than enough of your fill of the man-made attractions all over New York City, slowing things down and embracing Mother Nature in the Brooklyn Botanic Garden is a perfect way to bring some balance into your visit.

Welcoming well over 900,000 visitors every single year, you would still have a hard time feeling crowded or cramped inside this massive garden in Brooklyn. Passing from attraction to attraction, you’ll want to spend a significant amount of time investigating many of the specialty gardens for the natural beauty. One of the gardens that is a can’t miss has to be the incredible Cherry Tree Grove. With well over 200 cherry trees in the collection, the very first ones were a gift at the end of World War I from the Japanese. In early spring when the trees are in bloom there is a Cherry Festival that cannot be skipped.

Another one of the incredible specialty gardens would have to be the Cranford Rose Garden. Donated by the family of Walter Cranford, one of the men responsible for Brooklyn subway system, this specialty garden first opened in 1928. With well over 5,000 bushes and close to 1500 different species of roses, this is a breathtaking sight to behold when the flowers are in full bloom.

You could literally spend days and days in the Brooklyn Botanic Garden and still not take it all in, and if you’re a resident of New York City that’s exactly what I’d suggest. If on the other hand, you’re just passing through the city, this is still a can’t miss chance to take in one of the true natural wonders of this amazing city.

Information

Hours:
Tuesday - Friday: 8 am - 6 pm (to 4:30 pm early Nov - early March)
Saturday - Sunday: 10 am - 6 pm (to 4:30 pm early Nov - early March)
Closed Monday (Full schedule available online)
Address/Map:  990 Washington Ave New York, NY 11238
Phone: (718) 623-7200
Website: Brooklyn Botanic Garden
  Adults   Students & Seniors Children 12 & under
Admission: 
$10.00 $5.00 Free
  Free on Tuesdays, Winter Weekdays (early Nov-early March); and 10 am - noon on Saturdays (except during special events).