Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Brooklyn

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#2 of 8 in Parks in Brooklyn
The 21 hectare (52 acre) Brooklyn Botanic Garden is home to a number of revered plant collections and themed green spaces. Its Shakespeare Garden boasts more than 80 plants mentioned in the works of William Shakespeare. Make sure to read the plants' labels to find the relevant quotations. Stroll the winding paths of the Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden to find a temple dedicated to wolf spirits and a pond filled with koi fish. You can discover plants from different American ecosystems in the Native Flora Garden. The gift shop sells an impressive collection of bulbs and seeds. Using our international travel planner, Brooklyn attractions like Brooklyn Botanic Garden can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • August 12, 2017
    The gardens are beautiful and well maintained. We spent several relaxing hours walking through the garden. Had a delightful lunch in the Yellow Magnolia Cafe staff was attentive and the food was tasty...  more »
  • August 9, 2017
    An easy stroll through various areas, which each hi-light flowers more beautiful then the ones you just walked past. Lawn Parties and other special events make this more than you're average Glass Hous...  more »
  • August 8, 2017
    Hello to all, the yuyis were in the month of February and the truth is that there was little color. It was winter and he didn't have much life but it was still very nice. We loved your Japanese garden. We took thousands of pictures because the place was really wonderful. A super quiet park with many types of trees and flowers.
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  • June 29, 2017
    One of my favorite places in Brooklyn. No matter what time of year you visit, it is magnificent. That being said I highly recommend early spring when the cherry blossoms are blooming and the tulip garden is planted. A great place for families, a date, or just a walk by yourself. Pro-tip: entrance is free Tuesdays and Saturdays before noon. Also the gift shop is superb, if you're looking for plants to gift, definitely check it out.
  • June 29, 2017
    I went for the cherry blossom festival. If you go for this, get there VERY VERY early because it gets crowded. This is a really relaxing space amidst the hustle. If you're in Brooklyn, I imagine a visit to this garden any time of year would be well worth it. As is the case with most botanic gardens that have an entrance fee, if you're a member, you get in quicker which could be worth it if you're concerned about lines or if you might visit more than once in a year.
  • June 2, 2017
    I have been coming to Brooklyn botanical gardens for years. Once your inside the gardens the people and atmosphere is more relaxing. The staff are always friendly and helpful. The park stays clean. Would highly recommend this park. I also recommend Tom's a few blocks away for nice quick breakfast or lunch.
  • July 7, 2017
    Just absolutely Beautiful! I can only imagine how Gorgeous it gets in the springtime! Tuesdays are free admission. Food at the cafe is Amazing with great friendly service!! Perfect place to get engaged ;)
  • June 13, 2017
    This is the best Garden in the whole metropolitan New York area. Next to or rather part the Prospect Park in Brooklyn leading from Flatbush Avenue starting from Manhattan Bridge. Although they charge quite high fees for entrance, they do offer some free hours, especially free Fridays for seniors. Starting end of March through Fall is the best time to visit here. The important events including the famous Cherry Blossom in mid-April till early May, and continuous with other flowers. I already made my eight visits here within recent two months. This is the most busy time of the year for the Garden. I have been going to this place for my past forty years. That is how long I know about this Garden, although I might go once a year there when I was busy working. I used to bring my kids there when they were young. We all loved and got amazed about how beautiful flowers were. I continued going the Garden often starting about five years ago. It is the most beautiful public place New York City can offer, especially offering free entrance for seniors on every Friday. So, Friday becomes my Garden visit day. Occasionally, I will go on a different day, example when Sunday is the only sunny day in the week, and the blooming flowers cannot wait. So, paying eight dollars to go in is worth the money. I will meet you there next time.

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