Queens Botanical Garden

Queens Botanical Garden

Schedule:                  From April to October: Tuesdays to Sundays

                                 From 8am. to 6pm.

                                 From November to March

                                 From 8am. to 4:30 pm

Admission:                Ticket is required 

Free admission:         From April to October

                                 Wednesdays 3 - 6 pm and Sundays from 4 to 6 pm

                                 November to March free entrance

The Queens Botanical Garden near the park Flushing Meadows Corona, both were created for the Universal Exhibition of 1939, has a huge collection of gardens and plants for the study and exhibition, themed gardens, which also offers a shop in the garden with botanicals.

Continuously public activities and celebrations are going on during the day. Parking is located on Avenida Crommelin.

Our advice:

If you like Tai-chi practice, you can do it from 8 to 9:30 a.m. at the Oak Allée.

For safety and enjoyment of visitors is not allowed:

Bicycles, skates, skateboards, scooters or other devices

Playing with balls, sledding or kite flying.

Because of the sun, shirts are required at all times.

Pick flowers or plants, climbing or damaging trees

Hang clothes or other items in the trees and shrubs

Walking or playing in the garden beds

It is not allowed Picnics, blankets, coolers, barbecues or open fires.

Feeding wildlife

Pets are only allowed if they are guide dogs

Commercial photography, unless previously agreed with staff

Smoking is not permitted anywhere including the Queens Botanical Garden

Please help us keep the clean and beautiful garden.

Staten Island Botanical Garden

Staten Island Botanical Garden

Schedule:                   Tuesdays to Sundays from 10 am to 5 pm.

                                  Closed on Mondays

Admission:                 A ticket is required  

                                  Free admission with the New York Pass


It is a botanical garden that is part of Snug Harbor Cultural Center, is located on Staten Island, is a glass building, over 20 gardens that live there, stands the authentic Chinese garden of the Ming Dynasty, to reach the Secret Garden is passed a drawbridge across the moat, you have to go through a three-story castle and try not to get lost in the maze. The Rose Garden contains roses from all around the world. Among the different types of gardens you can find butterflies, herbs, sensory, French herbs, and greenhouse.

It has art galleries and art school, includes a museum of activities for children.

Our advice:

It’s an ideal place for a picnic on a nice sunny day, with comfortable shoes and camera take your time to relax, to get there take the train to South Ferry 1 4/5 to Bowling Green or R to Whitehall-place. Then take the ferry to Staten Island which is free. In Staten Island bus take the S40 bus to the door D along Richmond Terrace, you will be there in less than ten minutes, you can tell the driver to drop you off in Snug Harbor.

Bronx Botanical Garden

Bronx Botanical Garden

Hours: Tuesday to Sunday, 10am - 6pm

Winter hours: Tuesday to Sunday, 10am - 5pm


The New York Botanical Garden (New York Botanical Garden) located in the Bronx, was one of the first gardens of its kind in America. It is a museum of plants, an educational institution, and scientific research organization. Founded in 1891 it has become a national historical monument, one of the largest botanical gardens in the world and the largest in the United States. Renowned for the beauty and diversity of its landscapes, as well as for the excellence of its education, science and horticulture.

With an area of ​​one square kilometer, is home to 48 different gardens. In which you can appreciate plants, waterfalls and ponds where carried out samples of aquatic plants.

Gardens and collections: depending on the season when we visited the gardens we find different shows determined by the nature of each season, each season has its charm, you can see a sample of each by clicking here.

Among the most visited collections they are: the greenhouse wrought iron style of Crystal Palace (dating from 1890), the rose garden, Japanese garden gravel, shop and orchid collection.

The park offers daily various events and programs aimed at environmental education and botany activities, you can see exhibitions and special events on the website of the garden.

Tickets: The ticket price varies according to age and date, you can check prices by clicking here. The local operator accepts both print and electronic bond bonds. If you travel with a mobile device, simply show your photo identification and present your electronic voucher on your smartphone or digital tablet.

Our advice:

  • Stay on roads and deposit trash in designated containers.
  • Wear shirts and shoes at all times.
  • It is not allowed to pick flowers, touch the plants, climbing trees or rocks, feeding the animals, bring pets, smoking and drinking alcohol.
  • You can rent some facilities for special events like weddings or parties.
  • By accessing ask for the schedule of daily activities.
  • Photography for personal use is permitted.
  • The Botanic Park is huge, the best way to know the full extent is taking the tram (this is included in the entry price), an electric cart that runs through the park, stopping at the most important gardens.

Brooklyn Botanic Garden

Brooklyn Botanic Garden

Schedule:                 Tuesdays to Fridays, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 pm

                                Saturdays and Sundays 10 a.m. to 4:30

                                Closed on Mondays

Free Admission:        Tuesdays

                                Saturday 10am to 12:00pm

                                Winter Weekdays

                                (December to February)

                                Seniors: Fridays

                                Children under 12 years

It is located in the Park Slope neighborhood and its part of the whole plant of Prospect Park, there are three entrances to the garden, one on Eastern Parkway, next to the metro station on Washington Avenue, behind the Museum of Brooklyn on Flatbush Avenue and Empire boulevard, you can start at the Bonsai Museum, the flag with its tropical rain forest, desert flag and arid area's ecosystem.

In summer you have to visit the collection of more than 100 lotus flowers in water lilies and you can visit the Esplanade of cherry trees, has more than 40 varieties of oriental cherry, another site with Eastern philosophy is the Japanese Garden with water fountains, fish ponds. Within the garden area it is also home to the Shakespeare Garden to 80 poisonous species.

Our advice:

The Botanical Garden celebrates Spring Festival Japanese tradition, called Hanami where you can picnic and collect fallen petals in glasses of sake, this celebration that lasts two days and where more than 60 performances, it’s called Sakura Matsuri the best time to visit is in the morning, where is not that warm.

If you have a private and particular garden, in the specialty store, you can find all kinds of tools, seeds and species of a botanical garden.

The Garden has a rental service for family events such as weddings and anniversaries.

If you are using a car, parking is on Washington Avenue and its shared with the Brooklyn Museum.

When it is available don’t forget to take the celebrity route where you can see a tribute of figures born in Brooklyn.

Free tours every weekend at 1:00 pm.

The Cloisters

The Cloisters

Schedule:     Open seven days a week

                   March to October: from 10:00 am to 5:15 pm

                   November to February: from 10:00 am to 4:45 pm

                   Thanksgiving closed

                   December 25th and January 1st

Admission:    Payment Required

                   By donation is paid according to budget.


At the top of a hill in northern Manhattan Fort Tryon Park overlooking the Hudson River, is the museum and gardens The Cloisters is a branch of the Metropolitan Museum of Art devoted to medieval art and architecture. With 5,000 artworks, including magnificent sculpture, illuminated manuscripts, stained glass, and the celebrated Unicorn Tapestries. The Cloisters maintain the originality of the middle Ages, with a splendid chapel, gold and ivory handicrafts, is to admire the Castle and the courtyards. The outside gardens are spectacular. There are also performances of medieval music concerts.

Our advice:

They offer guided tours to the collection and gardens views. Relax in the Trie Café (open May to October).

When you visit the Metropolitan (MET), they give you a pass to visit also the Cloisters, and its valid for the day.

Wave Hill (Bronx)

Wave Hill (Bronx)

Schedule:      Wave Hill: Tuesday to Sunday

                      9:00am to 4:30pm

                      Closed on Mondays

                      Marco Polo Stufano, AM-Noon Conservatory.

                     10:00am. 01:00pm - 4: 00pm

                     Shop at Wave Hill

                     9:30am - 04:00pm

                    Coffee Shop at Wave Hill

                    10:00a.m - 4:00 pm

Admission: You have to get a ticket that costs


It is a farm that has public gardens and a cultural center in the city of New York, is located on the slopes that overlooking the Hudson River and New Jersey Palisades, in the area known as Hudson Hill, It counts with a house room, picnic area , bathrooms, shop and a restaurant with excellent organic food, occasionally concerts are held in the gardens, these are ideal for picnics, or simply enjoy the tranquility and peace in a shady pergola, the gardens have comfortable chairs to enjoy the scenery offered by the Hudson river, the main building is an old mansion, there is a large room that has the name of "Armor HALL" and it has been restored into attractive event space.


Our advice:

We recommend you to visit the water garden, the greenhouse and gardens in general. If you don’t want to use the small parking or do not want to pay the fee of $8, you can go to a free parking outside the hotel. On Tuesdays the parking is free.

For transport, the Subway-North offers a package for two adults and a child includes a ride back to the Great Central and admission to Wave Hill.

There is a free ride van to Wave Hill, runs from the west side of Broadway in front of Burger King, every 10 minutes, from 9:10 a.m. to 15:10. The ride returns to Broadway with the visitor's can  leave them in front of Burger King, the way back is done every hour from noon to 5:00 pm

Holiday Train Show Bronx Botanical Garden

Holiday Train Show Bronx Botanical Garden

Date:                       November 2019to January 2020

Hours:                    Tuesdays to Fridays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

                                 Closed on Thanksgiving Day - Christmas

For Christmas, the Botanical Garden in the Bronx presents a wonderful show called "HOLIDAY TRAIN SHOW" "The Show of Christmas Train", Where you can see more than 20 scale model trains covering a wide variety of terrain and 150 miniature buildings of the five counties, with thousands of lights artfully designed, which occupy a quarter mile. Look up to see a new exhibition area of trains over height with the most famous bridges in New York. The monuments are made of natural materials such as bark, branches, stems, fruits and natural seeds.

The garden is located in Bronx River Parkway and Fordham Road, it has an easy access by car, metro, bus and Metro-North. Most of the garden consists of outdoor spaces with 250 acres of garden.

Our advice: 

  • Its opened no matter how is the weather, plan your visit and wear warm clothes because of the season.
  • Please note that private tourist cars are accessible for people with disabilities, except for a few areas where the ground is uneven. Wheelchairs and strollers parking is available for free, just leave an ID at the administration.
  • Friday and Saturday, the Botanical garden at night is transformed magically, thousands of twinkling lights come up and Theres a car Bar where adults can enjoy free cocktails, watch demonstrations of ice carving sculptures and listen to jazz in the heat of a wood fire.
  • If you have left something in the garden, you can contact the Safety Office:  (718) -817- 8664, items that are not claimed after 60 days are donated to charity.

Cherry Blossom - Sakura Matsuri

Cherry Blossom - Sakura Matsuri

Location:                            Brooklyn Botanic Garden

Schedule:                           From April 25 to 26, 2020

                                         10:00 am to 6:00 pm

Admission:                         Ticket is required


One of the indicators that New York is already in the spring season, is the festival of the cherry blossoms or "cherry blossom", better known as Sakura Matsuri at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, this event is held every year at the end April for two days.

Following the Japanese tradition of Hanami people gather around the gardens, in an imaginary world where participants take the opportunity to dress up as their favorite cartoons and may even get to have a sword fight, simply puzzles or playing Chinese chess in this festival, relatives and friends gather to share a barbecue and enjoy the artistic performances

Our advice:

Admission costs are very low, to be updated visit this page:   http://www.bbg.org/visit/event/sakura_matsuri_2017

This weekend more than 60 events and performances of traditional Japanese culture, fashion show, bands with their traditional melodies, dance shows offered and of course all in rose petals and white.

Queens Botanical Garden
Staten Island Botanical Garden
Bronx Botanical Garden
Brooklyn Botanic Garden
The Cloisters
Wave Hill (Bronx)
Holiday Train Show Bronx Botanical Garden
Cherry Blossom - Sakura Matsuri