Brooklyn Botanic Garden

Brooklyn Botanical Garden contains a treasure of over 12000 varieties of plants from around the world

Brooklyn Botanical Garden
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The Brooklyn Botanical Garden is one of New York's cultural treasures located on Brooklyn's "Culture Row", adjacent to the Brooklyn Museum. Easily accessible by subway, the Brooklyn Botanical Garden's 52 acres of beautifully manicured formal gardens and informal gardens display 12,000 varieties of plants.

Founded in 1910, the Garden welcomes almost one million visitors a year to enjoy the many specialty gardens, plant collections and the Steinhardt Conservatory, which houses the Bonsai Museum, three climate themed plant displays and a glass aquatic plant house. Near the conservatory, you can find a café and the Brooklyn Botanical Garden gift shop selling bulbs, plants, and gardening books.

The Brooklyn Botanical Garden is famous for its collection of blossoming cherry trees and Hanami, its annual spring cherry blossom festival. With more than 42 species, the collection is one of the foremost cherry blossom sites outside of Japan that began with a few trees gifted by the Japanese government after World War I.

Completed in 1915, the Japanese Hill and Pond Garden was the first of its kind in America. Blending ancient and modern styles, the landscape incorporates traditional Japanese architectural elements: arching wooden footbridges, stone lanterns, a torii gateway and a Shinto shrine. In keeping with the tradition of Japanese gardens, depending on where a visitors stands, they will experience a different perspective on the landscape, so be sure to allocate plenty of time to make the most of this award-winning garden. A favourite among children, the garden's 3 acres contain hills, waterfalls and a "secret" passageways to explore. The viewing pavilion offers little ones the perfect vantage point to see the fish and turtles living in the ponds.

Nearby attractions: Prospect Park, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Brooklyn Museum of Art and the Brooklyn Bridge

Facts For Your Visit

Fee: Yes.

Regular Hours:
May differ on holidays

  • Monday: Closed
  • Tuesday: 10:00 AM – 4:30 PM
  • Wednesday: 10:00 AM – 4:30 PM
  • Thursday: 10:00 AM – 4:30 PM
  • Friday: 10:00 AM – 4:30 PM
  • Saturday: 10:00 AM – 4:30 PM
  • Sunday: 10:00 AM – 4:30 PM

Address: Brooklyn, NY 11238, USA

Phone: (718) 623-7200

Official Website: Brooklyn Botanic Garden


Rated 4.7 out of 5 Star Rating

5 Star Rating The winter light show was amazing! The music, lights, and decorations all around the park were so special. We came here with a big group and had a blast! I also appreciated that there was vegan hot chocolate at the snack stand 🤗 ✨. I love this garden in the spring and summertime and it was super fun to have a great experience here in the wintertime as well. Great for all ages!
Caileigh Feldman - a month ago

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5 Star Rating A wonderful place to spent time in a cold winter day. Walk through the warm greenhouses and get a taste of the tropics by walking under mango, papaya and tamarind trees while it snows outside. Pay-what-you-wish on weekdays.
IG AlePendiente - a week ago

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2 Star Rating We visited in early December and most of outdoors areas were closed, inaccessible or under maintenance. On the other hand, greenhouses were nice — but that’s supposed to be only a small part of the tour. I would have appreciated knowing it in advance, so we wouldn’t have wasted half a day to visit rugged terrain and dried flowers. The Lightscape event is ridiculously expensive.
Fabio Biocchetti - a month ago

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5 Star Rating Not to be missed! One of the most beautiful light and sound shows in a botanical garden. The other equivalent I had seen was in Edinburgh. But this is close. Very well designed light installations and great music. Was an absolutely amazing experience.
Deepti Mehrotra - a month ago

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4 Star Rating It was a nice experience. The light show was amazing. The only thing is that this time of the year is super cold outside. So, it will be much appreciated if the organizers can arrange for heaters at all the places.
Krunal Joshi - a month ago

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Subway Line Nearest Station Walking Time
2 or 3Eastern Parkway / Brooklyn Museum1 minute
4 or 4Franklin Avenue6 minutes
Q, S, or BProspect Park Station12 minutes

How to get to Brooklyn Botanic Garden by Subway

Take a 2 or 3 train to Eastern Parkway / Brooklyn Museum and look for the entrance to the garden just west of the station on Eastern Parkway or take a 4 or 5 train to Franklin Avenue and look for the entrance to the garden about a 5 minute walk west of the station (just past the museum) on Eastern Parkway or take a Q, S, or B train to Prospect Park station, go left on Lincoln Avenue and then left on Washington Avenue following it north to the entrance at 990 Washington Avenue. Note that the B train only operates on weekdays.

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