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.
Facts For Your Visit
Official Website: Brooklyn Botanic GardenFee: Yes except Free admission with a New York City Explorer Pass
Hours may be subject to change. Please verify on the official website, especially where Covid restrictions are in effect.
- Tuesday: 8:00 am - 8:30 pm
- Wednesday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
- Thursday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
- Friday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
- Saturday: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
- Sunday: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Category: Botanical Gardens
990 Washington Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11225
Phone: (718) 623-7200
Scott T. Jun-11-2021
What's to not like about all things flora? This garden is not only massive, but is a gorgeous space full of surprises, making it a welcome diversion from... Read More
Jessica E. Jun-18-2021
This is a great park to go if you live in the city, but to me $18 pp and a 2 hour drive home in traffic with a toddler and a baby is not worth it. It's one... Read More
Carli B. May-29-2021
Admittedly, it's hard for me to not give botanic gardens 5/5 stars, but I do truly love the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. It's the perfect size - you can easily... Read More
Accommodations near Brooklyn Botanic Garden:
|Subway Line||Nearest Station||Walking Time|
|2 or 3||Eastern Parkway / Brooklyn Museum||1 minute|
|4 or 4||Franklin Avenue||6 minutes|
|Q, S, or B||Prospect Park Station||12 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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