They say the best things in life are free, but sometimes you have to fork over some dough.
Brooklyn Botanic Garden, which didn't charge its visitors from 8am–6pm on Tuesdays and 10am–noon on Saturdays from March–November, has discontinued its free hours, according to Patch. Now, those looking to drop by during those time slots will have to pay the required fee of $15 and $8 for students and seniors (however, garden and art tickets run for $25 and $16 respectively). Although this change was technically implemented in November, the garden permitted free weekday access during that time, so most visitors probably weren't privy to the situation.
Further reports suggest financial reasons were responsible for the garden's change to its popular promotion. Although it is a bit of a disappointment, things could certainly be worse. If you and your family are still looking to score a deal, you're in luck. Free admission is available on Fridays from 8am–noon from March–November, so look at the school calendar and see when your little ones are off—then it's time to plan a trip.
Nevertheless, you're still going to want to check out what the gardens have in store for New Yorkers this year. Beginning Mar 22, Scientist and filmmaker Sally Warring teamed up with the Brooklyn Botanic Garden to fuse art and biology into her new exhibit, "Pondlife," which takes a closer look at the Microbes inhabiting the garden's ponds.
Water, mud, weeds, some pond scum here and there. These are ordinary sights at any pond," Warring said in a statement. "But if we put them under a microscope, we can see a cast of extraordinary characters that call these places home.”
Plus, before you know it, we'll be in prime cherry blossom season, and you certainly can't miss the pink goodness (it's a NYC spring staple, after all).