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Brooklyn Botanic Garden

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Time Out says

4 out of 5 stars

Everything you need to know about visiting the Brooklyn Botanic Garden (990 Washington Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11225).

Those searching for a little peace and quiet would do well to spend a few hours at this verdant oasis. The garden—which abuts two other neighborhood gems: the Brooklyn Museum and Prospect Park—was founded in 1910 and features thousands of types of flora, laid out over 52 acres.

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What are the most popular things to see here?
Each spring, crowds descend on the space for the Sakura Matsuri Festival, during which more than 70 trees bloom along the Cherry Esplanade. But equally impressive are serene spots like the Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden, the first Japanese-inspired garden built in the U.S., and the Shakespeare Garden, brimming with plants (such as primrose and crocuses) mentioned in the Bard’s works. Start your journey at the Visitor’s Center, an eco-friendly portal (it has a green roof filled with 45,000 plants) that opened in May 2012. 

What else should I do?
Eat at the recently opened, veggie-focused Yellow Magnolia Café (or the more casual canteen). Shop for trees, shrubs, flowers and more at the Garden Shop next to the visitors center, and ask for help with your green thumb. There's also daily guided tours of seasonal flora, and the garden is a perfect place for families (but no picnics allowed, sadly).

What to do nearby:
You can walk to all of these spots in thirty minutes or less!
-Stroll through nearby Prospect Park (all 526 acres of it) over to the Prospect Park Zoo.
-Go roller skating (or ice skating) at Lakeside at Prospect Park.
-Visit the sprawling cultural and arts center at the Brooklyn Museum.
-Peep the Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Memorial Arch at Grand Army Memorial Plaza.

Our editorial team is constantly updating and reviewing the best attractions, activities and venues in New York, so that you're always in the know, with the best of NY at your fingertips. This page was most recently updated on June 30, 2017.


990 Washington Ave
Cross street:
at President St
Subway: B, Q, Franklin Ave S to Prospect Park; 2, 3 to Eastern Pkwy–Brooklyn Museum; 2, 3, 4, 5 to Franklin Ave
$15 for adults, $8 for students and seniors, and free for kids under 12. Free on Fridays 8am to noon from March 1 to November 30.
Opening hours:
Tue–Sun 10am–4:30pm
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What’s on

For the Birds

"For the Birds" is a new multi-discliplinary exhibit set to take over the Brooklyn Botanic Garden from June 11 through October 23. Visitors will get to gaze at over 30 site-specific birdhouses created by artists, architects and designers and spread throughout the premise.  Among the many striking birdhouses on display is an all-white one by Olalekan Jeyifous, a bug-looking other by Misha Kahn and yet another interesting version created by Warby Parker (the company is a presenting sponsor of the installation). In order to urge folks to reflect on the connection between birds and plants and the urgent need to protect plant ecosystems, the exhibit's creative director, Randall Poster, has also developed a 20-album set of recordings titled "For the Birds: The Birdsong Project." A total of 1174 original pieces of music, more than 70 poems and 20 original album covers will be woven throguhout the installation. You'll notice listening stations and live performances all around.  Check out the exhibition map to find each birdhouse right here. 

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