A Japanese garden, one dedicated to the flowers and plants named by Shakespeare in his sonnets, a space where children can plant vegetables or flowers, an area where people are encouraged to touch and smell the many fragrant plants present, large spaces where stroll in the green.
With over 900.000 visitors a year, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden is undoubtedly a destination to add to your list of places to see in Brooklyn.
- What is the Brooklyn Botanic Garden
- Where is it and how to get there
- Tickets and Opening Hours
- Why visit and what to see
- Where to sleep in the area
What is the Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Founded in 1910, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden spans about 21 hectares and is located a short distance from the Brooklyn museum and from Prospect Park. This area of Brooklyn is full of places to see and things to do and I suggest you read our article on how to visit Brooklyn so you don't miss a thing.
Inside the Brooklyn Botanic Garden you will find 10 different gardens, including the Rose Garden and the Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden, a tropical pavilion, a temperate and a desert pavilion, a Bonsai Museum, the vast collections of orchids, aquatic plants, peonies, magnolias, bluebells and begonias, two ponds with water lilies and lotus trees. Cherry Esplanade, or the walk among the cherry trees in bloom.
Where is it and how to get there
Given the extent of the garden, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden has three different entrances:
- 150 Eastern Parkway,
- 990 Washington Avenue,
- 455 Flatbush Avenue.
La metro it is certainly the best way to reach Brooklyn and its botanical garden from other areas of New York. For tips and advice on how to use the metro, check out our article on the subject.
If you've booked tickets with admission to 150 Eastern Parkway or 990 Washington Avenue, you can take lines 2 and 3 and get off at Eastern Parkway / Brooklyn Museum or lines 4 and 5 and get off at Franklin Avenue.
If, on the other hand, you have chosen to enter from 455 Flatbush Avenue, you can take the B, Q and S lines and get off at Prospect Park. Remember that line B is not operational on weekends.
Tickets and Opening Hours
The Brooklyn Botanic Garden is open in winter from Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00 to 15:30 with the last admission scheduled for 14pm.
In summer the park closes at 18pm with the last admission at 17pm. I advise you not to arrive too late as some of the more interesting areas of the park, such as the Conservatory, Discovery Garden, Rose Garden and parts of the Japanese Garden begin to close 00 minutes before official closing.
You can purchase the entrance ticket on the garden site up to two weeks before the day of your visit. The cost is:
- $ 18 for adults
- $ 12 for students and over 65s
Brooklyn Botanic Garden is free for children under 12 years of age. All children under 14 must be accompanied. Also, every day there are a number of tickets given for free to those in need and paid for by the Amy P. Goldman Foundation. I also suggest you check on their official website as there may be events or installations in the period in which you want to visit the park that allow you to enter the garden by giving an offer to your liking with the 'Pay-what-you-wish' formula, that is 'Pay what you want'.
Brooklyn Botanic Garden is one of the attractions included in the New York Sightseeing Pass. To discover all New York passes take a look at our article by clicking on the link below.
New York Pass: Our Guide
Why visit and what to see
What is the best time to visit the Brooklyn Botanic Garden? In fact, the garden is structured in such a way that it is pleasant to visit at any time of the year. Its width allows you to spend the whole day there, if you want. In general, consider that you will need at least three hours if you want to stroll peacefully in the various areas of the garden and enjoy this experience calmly. It must be said that spring and autumn are probably our favorite times for the alternation of colors and views it offers.
Before going there check on their website which plants are in bloom in order to devote more time to the most luxuriant areas. On the site you will also find some real ones itineraries that I suggest you follow to fully enjoy your experience: summer, winter, spring, autumn itinerary, itinerary with children, romantic itinerary and itinerary to discover the birds and other animals of the park. At the entrance you can get a map of the garden.
Regardless of the season, I suggest you do not miss:
- il Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden, one of the oldest Japanese gardens in the world outside Japan;
- il Fragrance Garden, the first garden designed for the blind where smell and touch are the privileged senses, a different way to explore a green space;
- il Bonsai Museum, with some centuries-old bonsai;
- il Conservatory Garden and Children’s Garden, ideal for making children but also adults discover the flora and fauna of the park.
Where to sleep in the area
From Manhattan it is not difficult to reach the Brooklyn Botanic Garden by public transport, so unless you have special needs to choose to sleep in Brooklyn, I recommend that you find accommodation in Manhattan. Brooklyn, in fact, is generally no less expensive.
Our tips on where to sleep in New York
However, we have selected some structures for you to sleep in the various areas of Brooklyn, in addition to that of Prospect Park and the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, if this is your choice. You can read our tips on where to sleep in Brooklyn.