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.

Brooklyn Botanic Garden Hours:
Opening hours may differ on holidays

  • Monday: Closed
  • Tuesday: 10:00 AM – 8:30 PM
  • Wednesday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Thursday: 10:00 AM – 8:30 PM
  • Friday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Saturday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Sunday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Address: Brooklyn, NY 11238, USA

Phone: (718) 623-7200

Official Website: Brooklyn Botanic Garden

Brooklyn Botanic Garden Reviews

Rated 4.7 out of 5 Star Rating

5 Star Rating So quite, so fragrant, so calming So many places to relax and chill from the hurried world. Great shaded areas, indoor places to cool off, green space to relax. Clean and safe. Staff is amazing! Bring a picnic or stop for a snack at many different cafes.
sharona lee peterson - 2 weeks ago

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5 Star Rating Visiting the Brooklyn Botanic Garden was a delightful experience. The garden is a peaceful oasis in the heart of Brooklyn, offering a stunning display of diverse plant life and beautifully curated landscapes. Walking through the various themed gardens, from the serene Japanese garden to the vibrant rose garden, was a feast for the senses. The conservatory was a highlight, showcasing a wide array of exotic plants and flowers in a climate-controlled environment. The staff were friendly and knowledgeable, adding to the overall enjoyment of the visit. Whether you're a nature enthusiast, a photography buff, or simply looking for a tranquil escape from the city, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden is a must-visit destination that will leave you feeling rejuvenated and inspired.
Crystal - 3 weeks ago

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4 Star Rating A little expensive for such a small park, very crowded on weekends. But the park itself is pleasant, I was especially pleased with the cherry blossoms and the Japanese garden. It is possible to buy tickets online and go through a faster line, although I did have some issues with the website when purchasing tickets, but this is rare and I was eventually able to purchase them online.
Avelina Yatsenko - a month ago

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5 Star Rating Amazing botanical garden in the heart of Brooklyn. Easy to escape the city and reconnect with nature. Great variety of plants and flowers and lots to see in the various conservatory environments. Nice bonsai collection also with some unique specimens. Well manicured and clean paths to walk along. Plenty of areas to sit and picnic if you bring a blanket. The main cherry blossom area is amazing if you can time it right (pro tip: their website has a cherry blossom bloom tracker that is updated daily) Highly recommend visiting for visitors and NY residents alike, especially in the spring.
Kev Zhu - a month ago

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5 Star Rating A great place to spend with a date or family. Beautiful garden with many themes. Highly recommend. We went to for the cherry blossoms, we go yearly. They have rose gardens, herb garden, cactus garden, bonsai garden, the list goes on. Get the tickets online in advance so you do not need to wait in line. Also no outside food or drinks.
Wien Loo - 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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