Brooklyn Botanic Garden

Brooklyn Botanic Garden

Botanical Garden, Café, and Gift Shop
Prospect Park, Brooklyn

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Winter weekdays are FREE, Tue-Fri through the end of February.

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  • Brooklyn Botanic Garden
    Brooklyn Botanic GardenJanuary 30, 2017
    Winter weekdays are FREE, Tue-Fri through the end of February.
  • goop
    goopAugust 5, 2014
    From the Japanese Tea Garden to the Lily-Pad exhibit, the Rose Garden and places to stop for a snack and a drink throughout, this is a great place to stroll or spend a day with the kids. Read more
  • Rally by Eventbrite
    Rally by EventbriteOctober 20, 2016
    Fall is one of the best times to visit the Garden, when temperatures warrant flannels, picnic blankets, and flasks of wine. Take in the yellow and orange scenery with your other half or friends. Read more
  • Nas B.
    Nas BenaliMay 13, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Come here during the cherry blossom season (April) or the rose-blooming season (May-June) -- Beautiful! Check out their website before you olan your trip to see how much is blooming.
  • Zoe L.
    Zoe LouisApril 27, 2016
    Loved the gardens they were lovely the cherry blossom walk was beautiful and so we're all of the tulips! I would recommend checking this place out they also offer a discount if you have a student ID
  • Time Out New York
    Time Out New YorkOctober 31, 2011
    The best place to find your inner Zen boasts relaxed, peaceful grounds. Claim a spot near the serene Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden, surrounded by Japanese myrtle and cypress trees, and bliss out. Read more
  • BuzzFeed
    BuzzFeedAugust 23, 2016
    There are several different specialty gardens that have distinct designs that emulate different areas from around the world that will give your workout the variety it needs! Read more
  • ZenFoodster
    ZenFoodsterJune 4, 2015
    Best during Sakura fest (only ~April-May)..most beautiful cherry blossoms ever seen but gone in a flash! For daily blooms status, check out "Cherry Watch":
  • Camden A.
    Camden ArmsbyNovember 16, 2015
    During the fall, take a tour of the tree garden behind the rose garden. It's very tranquil and educational. This place is a quiet escape from the city
  • Blake O.
    Blake OlmsteadNovember 9, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Small enough to tackle the entirety of the grounds in a day, but diverse enough to focus as much time in any single section. Member's picnic nights can't be beat.
  • G W.
    G WongMarch 22, 2012
    Beautiful collections of plants and landscapes. Come in the spring for the annual Cherry Blossom festival! Be aware that bloom dates have been varying over the past few years because of early blooms.
  • Blake O.
    Blake OlmsteadMay 12, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    For it's size, this botanic garden packs in a punch. Week-to-week, day-to-day, there's always something new to see. Regular trips here are the perfect way to measure seasons.
  • Grace H.
    Grace HarrisOctober 14, 2014
    Love this place! I adore the rose garden. Fewer blooms in October (obviously) but they were all stunning. Looking forward to the renovation completion.
  • Landmarks Preservation Commission
    The Laboratory Admin. Building in the Brooklyn Botanic Garden was designed by McKim, Mead & White, modeled after small churches in the Lombardy region of Italy. We designated it a landmark in 2007.
  • Gabriel H.
    Gabriel HayesMay 2, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    The Sakura Matsuri festival is an annual celebration for the Cherry Blossoms. Such a fun experience that is definitely worth attending.
  • Fodor's Travel
    Fodor's TravelSeptember 9, 2015
    The Japanese cherry arbor turns into a breathtaking cloud of pink every spring, and the Sakura Matsuri two-day cherry blossom festival is the largest public-garden event in America. Read more
  • Gabriel H.
    Gabriel HayesAugust 9, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    One of the benefits of having membership is being able to come whenever without having to pay admission. There is no better place to sit and relax on a beautiful day.
  • B C.
    B ChuMay 13, 2013
    Just missed the Cherry Blossom Fest this year, but still worth going. Garden maintained well, heavy Jap influence and interesting exhibits @Bonsai Museum. Avoid going on weekends
  • Richard R.
    Richard RevillaSeptember 16, 2014
    Cherry Blossom season is a great time to come as the park lights up in beautiful colors. Crowds can be enormous at that time. Visit the Brooklyn Museum across the lot.
  • Onion Things
    Onion ThingsApril 28, 2017
    The Brooklyn Botanic Garden has an impressive collection of plants, rocks and cherry blossoms trees. A great way to spend a day in a zen and peaceful atmosphere.
  • Denise C.
    Denise CozierApril 28, 2015
    Visited for the cherry blossom festival and even though it was crowded, I fell in love with the garden. It's really beautiful and worth visiting again and again
  • raymondweil
    raymondweilSeptember 15, 2011
    This botanical garden has 13 themed gardens, including a cherry esplanade! No concrete jungle here, only beautiful blooms swaying in the breeze. Be independent, and admire these natural works of art.
  • Yoplait
    YoplaitAugust 28, 2011
    There’s always something in bloom at the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens! Our favorite spot is the Cranford Rose Garden with roses of every shape and size, in a dazzling array of beautiful colors.
  • Raluca M.
    Raluca MuresanNovember 2, 2013
    Spending a beautiful fall day here is one of the best experiences in Brooklyn! The foliage was breathing, the smell of roses, grass and rain was refreshing and the whole atmosphere is relaxing!
  • MetroFocus
    MetroFocusJanuary 18, 2012
    A landscape architect designed the walking paths in the Japanese Garden with winter in mind, according to Spevack. Escape here to beat your winter blues, check out other suggestions on MetroFocus. Read more
  • Fodor's Travel
    Fodor's TravelAugust 21, 2015
    On Tuesdays, Saturdays (from 10 am to 12 pm), and additional select dates and times throughout the year, admission is free of charge for visitors wishing to explore the various gardens and exhibits.
  • Lauren D.
    Lauren DellaquilaSeptember 1, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Free entry before 10am on Saturdays and Tuesdays! The gift shop is definitely worth a visit. There are a ton of adorable exhibits and events for kids🌲🌱🌷🌼🍄🌲
  • The Corcoran Group
    The Corcoran GroupJuly 14, 2011
    Check out the Japanese tea garden and visit the Koi fish. Wednesday nights, members can bring picnic blankets and baskets to enjoy a dinner on the lawn.
  • New York Habitat
    New York HabitatOctober 21, 2011
    In Prospect Park, this is just a magical place to relax and stroll through the many gardens. It is as beautiful in the spring when the cherry blossoms are in bloom as it is in the fall.
  • Lisa L.
    Lisa LNovember 12, 2015
    A peaceful place to spend a weekend afternoon. Bring your student ID for reduced admission!
  • Design*Sponge
    Design*SpongeMarch 27, 2011
    The cherry blossom festival is a must-see. But any time of year this is a great escape from city life and a great place to take visitors who are convinced we have NO nature in nyc.
  • Jason
    JasonMay 2, 2015
    Watch out for green peace "recruiters". Otherwise, a lovely place full of people posing in front of every flowering tree. Check out the cool names on the flowers off the sides!
  • PureWow
    PureWowJune 2, 2016
    August 13th: Learn how absinthe is made (and, of course, sample some) at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s Herbal Spirits Tour. Read more
  • amNewYork
    amNewYorkOctober 3, 2011
    It is home to 12,000 different species of plants. It’s one of the most lively and beautiful places in the borough — even in the winter. There are guided tours, as well as free admission on weekdays.
  • Freda J.
    Freda JackmanOctober 24, 2010
    Ghouls & Gourds : Grab your costume and head on over to Brooklyn Botanic Garden for an enchanting afternoon of farm-themed Halloween fun! Boogie down to the tunes of your favorite family-friendly art
  • Tinashe D.
    Tinashe DhliwayoMay 25, 2015
    Can get really busy but the roses and cherry blossoms are worth seeing when they're in season and it's a cute date spot.
  • Friederike W.
    Friederike WildNovember 22, 2014
    Free admission on Winter Weekdays (November–February). Walk around the park and once you feel cold you can warm up in the tropical greenhouses with palm trees and more.
  • Mary Elise Chavez
    Mary Elise ChavezApril 15, 2012
    Cherry blossoms hit their peak around Apr 12-15th, pack a picnic and sit under them for a magical experience. Bring your cam, lots of stunning tulips, blue bells, lavender & rhododendrons!
  • Noah M.
    Noah MAugust 26, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    No toys or bikes, obviously. Observe the Children's Garden and enter the Discovery Garden in the summer, get shelter from the winter in the conservatory with the bonsais, desert plants, etc..
  • Chris M.
    Chris MolanphyApril 30, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Esplanade's only place in BBG where lawn-sitting is allowed. The Sakura Matsuri festival every May is good fun, but if you want to avoid crowds and see the trees in bloom, come a week or two earlier.
  • Gabriel H.
    Gabriel HayesAugust 9, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    The Japanese Hill and Pond garden is super tranquil. A lovely place to sit on a spring or summer day.
  • Hannah P.
    Hannah ParvazApril 23, 2017
    100% recommended. Free entry on Tuesdays and Saturday mornings. Check out the 800+ year old bonsai as well as the smelling garden.
  • remington l.
    remington longstrethApril 12, 2014
    The cherry blossom festival is a must-see. But any time of year this is a great escape from city life and a great place to take visitors who are convinced we have NO nature in nyc.
  • Clara W.
    Clara WuJuly 6, 2015
    grab a book and a friend. sit out on the lawn and spend the day here. it really closes at 5:30 (it says 6, but they'll kick you out before then) so keep that in mind before you pay admission at 4:30.
  • Compass
    CompassMay 20, 2014
    Members and guests revel in a maze of reflecting pools and winding walking trails, public gardening classes, and scenic event spaces that are open to all.
  • Anissa
    AnissaMay 4, 2015
    Check their website for the bloom schedule! Highlight of the year is Sakura Matsui cherry blossoms!
  • P-LO L.
    P-LO LouisSeptember 15, 2013
    I haven't been here since the 90s and I live not too far from here-shame on me! This is a beautiful place where you want to escape your usual settings and the not so green grass side lol
    THIRTEENDecember 13, 2011
    THIRTEEN members receive $1 off admission, 10% off gift shop purchases at this 52-acre living museum where beauty, romance, and fun blossom among world-class plant collections and specialty gardens! Read more
  • Benjamin B.
    Benjamin BenApril 30, 2013
    The Garden has more than 200 cherry trees of forty-two Asian species and cultivated varieties, making it one of the foremost cherry-viewing sites outside of Japan.
  • Emily K.
    Emily K.May 13, 2015
    The lines for the cherry blossom festival are insanely long. Pro tip: buy the tickets online, then skip the lines.
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