Brooklyn Botanic Garden

Attractions, Parks and gardens Prospect Park
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Brooklyn Botanic Garden
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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. 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.


Venue name: Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Address: 990 Washington Ave
Cross street: at President St
Opening hours: Tue–Fri 8am–6pm; Sat, Sun 10am–6pm
Transport: Subway: B, Q, Franklin Ave S to Prospect Park; 2, 3 to Eastern Pkwy–Brooklyn Museum; 2, 3, 4, 5 to Franklin Ave
Price: $10, seniors and students $5, children under 12 free. Tue 10am–6pm, Sat 10am–noon free.
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Mary B

My most recent trip here was for Sakura Matsuri Cherry Blossom festival, THAT I would not especially recommend. It was just SO packed, and while cherry blossoms ARE lovely, it was very hard to enjoy them in the crowds. But I do recommend the Botanic Gardens literally any other time of year! It is serene, beautiful, and like a park but just a LITTLE BIT BETTER! Spring of course is the most lovely, but they have fun activities and exhibits throughout most of the year! Definitely a good place to stop in Brooklyn! 

Ansel A

Brooklyn Botanic Garden is a great kind of place. This is a famous place for nature lovers. They always like to go there and have fun on this fascinating attraction. Have a plan to go there in cherry season through this So sure this will be a great experience for me.