Top 5 Tips for Visiting the New York Botanical Garden
1. Take public transit
Parking lots at the garden often fill up, so save yourself stress by taking the train. The garden is most easily reached by the Metro-North Railroad from Grand Central Terminal, but the B, D, 2, and 4 subway trains also get you close.
2. Grow a future gardener
If you’re bringing kids along, cultivate their interest in science and gardening with drop-in nature programs at the Everett Children’s Adventure Garden, and hands-on harvesting at the Edible Academy.
3. Solve your growing pains
Get help for your home gardening projects with the garden’s “Ask a Plant Expert” program. Pro gardeners are available to answer questions in person at the Plant Information Office, located in the garden’s library.
4. Savor a farm-to-table meal
Head to the Hudson Garden Grill to enjoy fresh, locally-sourced produce from the Hudson Valley without traveling all the way upstate. Reserve your table in advance via the garden website.
5. Get in the holiday spirit
From Thanksgiving through late January, the garden’s popular Holiday Train Show® features model trains chugging through small-scale replicas of New York City landmarks. It’s not just for kids—special Bar Car Nights add adults-only touches like spiked hot chocolate and DJs.