New York Botanical Garden (NYBG) Tours
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Founded in 1891, the New York Botanical Garden (NYBG) is a 250-acre (101-hectare) green oasis amid the dense concrete of New York City. As well as a rose garden with more than 650 varieties and a 50-acre (20-hectare) forest, the garden also has an impressive Victorian-era glasshouse and a Home Gardening Center for amateur enthusiasts.
Access to the NYBG is ticketed and visitors can book all-garden passes in advance. Once inside, explore the vast grounds, including the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory, the Thain Family Forest, and the Rock Garden. A good way to get your bearings—and save yourself from achy feet—is to take the tram tour. Some New York City sightseeing passes include free admission to the garden, as well as access to hop-on hop-off buses, which stop outside the entrance.
Things to Know Before You Go
- New York Botanical Garden is a must for anyone who needs a break from the hustle and bustle of the city.
- A visit to the garden inevitably involves some walking, so wear comfortable shoes.
- Most of the exhibits are outdoors; dress accordingly.
- Most areas are wheelchair accessible, as is the tram, though some sections are inaccessible because of sloping, uneven topography.
How to Get There
NYBG is situated on Southern Boulevard in the Bronx, NYC. To get here, ride the Metro–North Harlem local line from Grand Central terminal to the Botanical Garden station. The nearest subway stops are Bedford Park Boulevard (B, D, or 4 train) and Allerton Avenue (2), which are a 15-minute and a 20-minute walk away, respectively.
When to Get There
There is in no bad time to visit the NYBG. The Peggy Rockefeller Rose Garden is in full bloom May to October, while the Thain Family Forest is most spectacular during fall. The Holiday Train Show attracts crowds November to January, while the Orchid Show takes place in March and April. Ticket prices are reduced midweek, and admission to the grounds (excluding the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory, special exhibitions, the Rock Garden, and the tram tour) is free on Wednesdays.
The Home Gardening Center
For keen gardeners, the NYBG’s Home Gardening Center is a big part of the garden’s appeal. Between March and November, the center offers a program designed to inspire and educate amateur gardeners. As well as model gardens and display areas, the center also offers tips from experts on vegetable gardening, composting, and other essential techniques.
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Recent Reviews from Experiences in New York City
, Feb 2020
The Orchid Show at the NYBG was breathtakingly beautiful. It opened with a mirrored fountain fashioned in the shape of an orchid surrounded by columns of pink and purple orchids where you discover that these lovely flowers come in every color of the rainbow and are found on every continent of the world except Antarctica. The exhibit then continues through to the cacti and succulent regions of the world and to the tropical rainforest area. Columns of beautifully colored and patterned flowers greet you at every turn. There is even a kaleidoscopic tunnel where you experience the color spectrum which has a pleasantly surreal effect. It took about two hours to leisurely stroll through the exhibit but i'm sure camera enthusiasts could spend much longer there. I would highly recommend a trip to the Bronx for this show.
, Dec 2019
The Train Show is a great addition to your Santa List of things to do. The Botanical Gardens should be on everyone's list when they visit New York City and the staff is great....Well Done
Great day out. Five stars because of...
, Nov 2017
5 Tours and Activities to Experience New York Botanical Garden (NYBG)
When you’re in need of a respite, escape to the New York Botanical Garden. Spanning some 250 acres (101 hectares) of cultivated grounds, this National Historic Landmark is replete with horticultural wonders. Use your All-Garden Pass to explore the peaceful gardens by foot or aboard the tram. You’ll find landscapes of the northeastern US as well as a seasonal Rock Garden and special exhibits on display. Enjoy access to the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory and the Everett Children's Adventure Garden.
Nature and Wildlife
Discover some of the most Instagrammable places in New York on a private tour of the New York Botanical Garden, exploring the gardens’ extensive network of paths by golf cart. Visiting the gardens with an insider is a great way to find the best views in every season, and since the tour is curated for your private group, you’ll never feel rushed while creating the perfect shot.
See more of New York City's top attractions with this multi-day, hop-on hop-off bus tour, with one or more attraction tickets and discount card included, depending on the option you choose. With your 2- or 3-day pass, you're whisked across NYC with hassle-free bus travel, commentary from your guides, and bus loops covering uptown, downtown, and even Brooklyn. Along the way, see top sights like the Statue of Liberty and Central Park, cruise through neighborhoods from Greenwich Village to Times Square, and of course, hop off any time you'd like.
Visit more than 100 NYC attractions with the money-saving Sightseeing Pass, which allows you to customize your sightseeing itinerary. Choose from a 1-, 2-, 3-, 4-, 5-, 6-, 7-, or 10-day pass to suit your schedule. Enjoy free entry to One World Observatory, Top of the Rock, Statue of Liberty, plus many more, and enjoy unlimited access to CitySightseeing hop-on hop-off buses for the duration of your pass.
See the best of New York's trendiest borough on a double-decker bus tour of Brooklyn, starting at a convenient meeting point in Lower Manhattan. Get amazing views of the Brooklyn Bridge, and learn about the area’s history and distinctive culture through pre-recorded audio as you drive to landmarks like Grand Army Plaza, the Botanical Gardens, and the New York Transit Museum. This tour offers a hassle-free way to get outside Manhattan even if you have only a few hours to spare.
Taste your way through New York's “real” Little Italy on a walking food and history tour of Arthur Avenue—an under-the-radar foodie destination in the Bronx. Ride the subway to the Belmont neighborhood and explore this authentic enclave with a Bronx resident and historian who knows where to find the best handmade pasta, fresh mozzarella, creamy cannoli, and other Italian eats.
Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Should I book New York Botanical Garden (NYBG) tickets in advance?
We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since New York Botanical Garden (NYBG) can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund. See all 5 New York Botanical Garden (NYBG) tickets and tours on Viator.
How much does it cost to visit New York Botanical Garden (NYBG) 2020?
Currently, an entrance ticket to New York Botanical Garden (NYBG) costs USD 23.00. Guided New York Botanical Garden (NYBG) tours start around USD 23.00 per person. See all 5 New York Botanical Garden (NYBG) tickets and tours on Viator.
What's the best way to experience New York Botanical Garden (NYBG)?
The best ways to experience New York Botanical Garden (NYBG) are:
- New York Botanical Garden Admission Ticket
- Exclusive: Gram the Garden Tour
- New York City FreeStyle Pass and Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour
- New York Sightseeing Day Pass: 100+ Attractions including One World Observatory
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