From historic brownstones and landmarks such as the Brooklyn Bridge to trendy bars and restaurants, Brooklyn has enough attractions to entertain you for a lifetime, but three days is a good start. Discover Brooklyn’s key sights, visit its worthiest eateries, and even hop over to another borough.
Brooklyn Botanic Garden
990 Washington Avenue, Brooklyn, Brooklyn, New York, 11225
Learn about New York’s native woodland species as well as tropical, desert, and aquatic plants while wandering the garden’s manicured grounds, established in 1901. Regional plants are plentiful in the Native Flora Garden, and you’ll find more unique offerings in the C.V. Starr Bonsai Museum and the Aquatic House.
To get the most out of your visit, book a tour. Self-paced tours typically include admission and may offer a meal at the garden’s restaurant. Neighborhood tours of Prospect Park are also ideal for getting to the area, learning about Brooklyn’s history, and then exploring the Botanic Garden.
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To sum it up
Plan out ahead of time so you can enjoy as many attractions as possible. Empire State building was the easiest. Have to Start at M&M. Need to start early if u want to hop on and off cause bus only comes by once per hour. Top view is the best, might need a light jacket. Wonderful experience, very informative and friendly staff.
Ashanti_N, May 2021
Things to Know Before You Go
Brooklyn Botanic Garden is ideal for nature lovers, families with kids, and those looking for a quiet escape from the bustling city.
Wear comfy shoes, as the garden is best explored on foot, and sun protection in summer.
The garden’s Yellow Magnolia Café is ideal for a full-service meal, and the Coffee Bar offers casual snacks and refreshments.
Check the weather before heading out, as most of the garden’s attractions are outside.
The garden is accessible to wheelchairs and strollers via paved pathways, though some paths may be narrow, rough, uneven, or steep.
How to Get There
Located adjacent to Prospect Park in Brooklyn, the garden is easily accessed by subway. Take the 2 or 3 train to the Eastern Parkway—Brooklyn Museum stop; the 4 or 5 train to Franklin Avenue; or the B, Q, or S to Prospect Park station. Note that weekend subway service in Brooklyn can be inconsistent on weekends. If driving, take the Eastern Parkway or Flatbush Avenue; the garden offers parking for a small fee.
When to Get There
The Brooklyn Botanic Garden is at its best in spring and summer, when the verdant space is in bloom. Beginning in late March, the Cherry Esplanade brims with pink blossoms, and the colorful Cranford Rose Garden—home to 5,000 varieties of the stunning flower—comes to life in summer. The garden is busiest on weekends (and closed on Mondays except some holidays), so visit Tuesday through Friday to beat the crowds; check the website for opening hours, which vary seasonally.
Brooklyn Botanic Garden for Kids
The Discovery Garden is the perfect place for budding scientists. Children enjoy a range of hands-on exhibits and activities designed just for them. The Hamm Children’s Learning Courtyard celebrates gardening, so kids learn about growing fruits and vegetables. Check the schedule when you arrive for free drop-in family activities.
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