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“One word – beautiful” 4 of 5 stars
Review of New York Botanical Garden

New York Botanical Garden
2900 Southern Blvd, Bronx, NY 10458
+1 718-817-8700
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Owner description: Located in the Bronx, the 250-acre New York Botanical Garden is a showplace of nature in every season of the year. Discover 50 breathtaking gardens, indoor rain forests and deserts, 50 acres of native forest, a river, waterfalls, and rolling green hills. Major seasonal exhibitions and events complement the existing beauty of the permanent gardens, and highlights include the Holiday Train Show (November - January) and The Orchid Show (March - April). Getting to the Garden is easy! Public Transportation The Garden is just 20 minutes from Grand Central Terminal on Metro-North Railroad to Botanical Garden Station. It is also accessible by subway on B, D, or 4 trains to Bedford Park Boulevard Station. For schedules and maps, visit the MTA Web site at mta.Info Driving The Garden (2900 Southern Boulevard, Bronx, NY 10458) is located off the Bronx River Parkway at Fordham Road (Exit 7W) and is easily accessible from all points in the Tri-State area.
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“One word – beautiful”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2009

We took the tram for an overview of the park, as it was a narrated tour and to rest our feet after days of walking around the streets of NY.

The grounds are perfectly attended to, lush flower beds fully in bloom, hedges carefully groomed. The rose garden was beautiful and the conservatory spectacular. Within the conservatory were a mixture of common and exotic cacti, ferns and wonderful foliage. Outside of the building was a lovely lily pond.

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“Great way to spend a day”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2009

We went to the Gardens with some friends. Flowers & rose garden were very colorful. The exhibit on edible plants was great!

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“nice day trip”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2009

Went there to see the Orchid display which was nothing short of spectacular! Got there early to avoid the crowds. Took the tram for an overview of the park, it's a narrated tour.Then visited the childrens area, which is a must, even if you don't have kids and the rock garden. Can't wait to go back in June when the rose garden is in bloom.Staff very helpful, make sure you pay the full entrance fee as this entitles you to see everything and ride the tram as well. (20.00 as opposed to 6.00)There are 2 cafes to eat at and a huge library for research, gift shop with plants for sale & gardening supplies. There were also gardening lectures for those that were interested.A very nice day trip.

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“Over rated”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2009

Other than a couple buildings with flowers, New York Botanical Garden is just a park. Compared with Dallas Botancial Garden, NY Botanical Garden is dull. By contrast, Dallas Garden is an immerse experience with follows and trees all around the garden instead just in a few places. \

New York Botanical Garden is also crowded with not so pleasant New Yorkers.

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“Best botanical in US”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2008

The New York Botanical Garden was inspired by Kew Gardens in England and it is truly impressive. The grounds are meticulously attended to, with every flower bed in full flower and every hedge sharply groomed. The rose garden is not gigantic but very nice, but more interesting are the other unusual gardens displaying cacti, ferns, and other less common landscaping plants. We enjoyed the rock garden especially for its unusual display, and the flowering cacti located in the conservatory.

Tickets for the conservatory are expensive and are needed for admission to several of the other gardens so if it is your first visit I recommend shelling out the $ for the full experience, therafter, Wednesdays are free for grounds only trips as a refresher. You might also want to call and see if any of the gardens or parts of the conservatory are closed before you go. There are cafes in two locations, and a shop with high quality (and therefore high-priced) gifts and garden tools.

You can drive there and park, take the Metro North Harlem line directly to the main gate, or take the subway to a stop about 20 minutes away. A bus comes about every 10 minutes that connects the subway stop to the gardens (Mx26)which is a free transfer with your metro card. Once you're in the garden, familiarize yourself with the tram route so you don't get tired out or lost going from the main attractions area to the gardens further out.

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