The New York Botanical Garden is one of NY’s hidden secrets.  It’s located in the Bronx and it’s a world’s way from Manhattan.  

Last updated on January 27, 2023 6:26 PM

What makes New York great?  There is always something to discover outside the little neighborhood pockets.  However, that could be said about any other big city in the world.  Los Angeles, San Francisco, London, Paris, Melbourne, Sydney, Hong Kong, San Diego, and Tokyo have the same hidden treasures.  It takes years to truly conquer and know a city.  New York is no different.

New York Botanical Garden
New York Botanical Garden

The New York Botanical Garden is off the grid per se.  It’s about an hour on the D train from Lower East Side; however, it’s only a 30 minute cab ride from Lower East Side.  The only difference between the two modes of transportation and time.  The D train will cost about 3 USD and the cab will cost probably near 100 USD.  Maybe more.

New York Botanical Garden
One of the pathways in the botanical garden

I visited the New York Botanical Garden in December.  It had a chilling aura to it, but it was always a gloomy day in winter.  In addition, the Victorian architecture with the leafless trees gives it a more ominous appearance during the winter.   The 250 acre plot of land is a National Historic Landmark with over a million visitors a year.  It’s a fraction compared to the 55 million visitors who come to New York every year.   The major attractions are:

  • LuEsther T. Mertz Library
  • Enid A. Haupt Conservatory
  • The Stone Mill
  • The Peggy Rockefeller Rose Garden
  • Enid A. Haupt Conservatory

It’s currently hosting a Chihuly art exhibit.  It’s open year-round from 10 AM to 6 PM typically.  The admission is 23 USD for Adults during the weekday and it’s 28 USD during the weekend.  It’s definitely a day trip since it takes an hour on the D Train.  However, it’s worth the visit since a lot of New Yorkers tend to stay in their neighborhoods and tourists don’t leave Manhattan.

New York Botanical Garden
The bridge near the Stone Mill

Need places to eat and other things to do?  Check out our New York write ups here.  You can always take a tour.  It’s convenient and no planning involved.