Brooklyn Botanic Garden

Brooklyn Botanic Garden: Hours, Address, Brooklyn Botanic Garden Reviews: 4.5/5

Brooklyn Botanic Garden
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Brooklyn Botanic Garden is an urban botanic garden situated on 52 acres in the heart of Brooklyn, fostering delight and curiosity in the world of plants while inspiring an appreciation and sense of stewardship of the environment. The Garden also offers weddings and private event catering at the Palm House and Atrium, in a beautiful outdoor setting. Please note, Brooklyn Botanic Garden is open year-round, but hours vary seasonally. Be sure to visit before plan your visit.
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Boston, MA55 contributions
More than "a" tree grows in Brooklyn
Jun 2021
Loved our visit to the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. Easy to get to from Manhattan and the grounds are spectacular and beautifully maintained. We were there on a very hot day but there were plenty of shady spots to rest and enjoy the ambiance. A real treasure in the city.
Written June 10, 2021
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Mary O
MN25 contributions
Beauty everywhere
May 2021 • Couples
Lovely gardens with more variety than I’d hoped to see. Interesting pathways leading to different styles of gardens. Unfortunately too early for the lily ponds at conservatory and the conservatory was closed because of COVID-19.
Written May 22, 2021
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Michael S
Pittsfield, MA4 contributions
Wonderful 2 hours
May 2021 • Couples
This is a fantastic oasis in Brooklyn. The gardens are beautifully laid out with many permanent maps to keep everything organized.
Written May 16, 2021
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Roma S
Rock Hill, SC34 contributions
Mother's Day Treat
May 2021
My son took me to the Botanic Gardens for Mother's Day. We missed the peak of the cherry blossom, which he wanted to show me, but the field of Spanish bluebells was breathtaking. The whole park was gorgeous and well tended. If I lived in New York I would go there as often as possible.
Written May 10, 2021
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Justin W
Hasbrouck Heights, NJ2,253 contributions
Wonderful trip to the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens
May 2021
I had wanted to see the Garden before the Cherry Blossoms were all gone but the recent rain storm had knocked most of the blossoms off the trees. Still there were enough on the trees that had a nice effect and the walk through that section of the garden was really beautiful.

What was amazing were the hundreds of blue iron weed flowers that were right off the Cherry Blossom Arcade. All along the side path were hundreds of small blue ad purple bell shaped flowers that lined the small hills and paths and the site of them was quite spectacular. It was really amazing to see.

Most of the garden is starting to reopen. The restaurant has reopened as has the Children's Garden and the Natural Woods. The garden has been much busier as the weather has gotten warmer.

The one nice thing about the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens is the complexity of the gardens. With each part of the season, there is something else in bloom and it gives the paths a new look and feel to it. Mother Nature is full of surprizes.
Written May 7, 2021
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Beaufort, NC8 contributions
Lovely green spot in Brooklyn
Apr 2021
Interesting gardens with terrific educational content for visitors to learn more about gardening and ecology.
Written May 6, 2021
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Ed S
Brooklyn, NY121 contributions
Blossoms in April
Apr 2021
We had a wonderful time with our visit to the BBG's on April 30th Morning. It was such a delightful day with clear blue skies and very warm. Being Members of the BBG we got priority tickets with may entrance easy for us. Our tickets because of C19 were arranged at a certain to enter with a enter at a particular entrance. We parked at the Brooklyn Museum parking lot with a parking permit as a perk next to the Washington Street Entrance which is the closet. We enjoyed entering the Gardens with the excitement of the other visitors that day. Those not having tickets had to wait till staff permitted them in orgaining to their C19 guidelines of visitors permitted at one time.

We passed the Gift Shop which we made a point to visit at the end of our stay.

We headed to the Cherry Blossoms which was a short distance from that entrance. It was very crowded with people photographing the area and many were relaxing on the grass in the open area and under the trees.

We continued to see the soon Rose Garden next to the Cherry Blossoms. We hope to return in June to see them.

The gardens are a very good place to stroll or do plenty of walking. We only in 2 hours covered 1/3 of the facility. We enjoyed lunch in one of the two cafes available to visitors which were very well cared for under C19 guidelines. Our lunch was by the Yellow Magnolia Cafe. Very well made and a nice area to rest before continuing the walk.

Our next stop was by the Famous Celebrity Walk for all those that were born in the Boro of Brooklyn. It is quite lengthy and interesting to see all the names. The Brooklynite's are in the different professions from sport to theater, TV and government to name a few fields. They in ID'ed with engraved stones with there name and field.

We passed thru the Fragrance Garden which is still developing in the growing season. We will come back in the future. Being tired to walk we opted to pass up the Japanese Garden for this visit.

We head to the Gift Shop to do some shopping. We enjoyed looking at all the great items available. My DW purchases newly made African Violets she was looking for, for some time. Enjoyed some scented candles. As a member, you get a discount in the shop.

Well it was a great day to visit and we will soon plan our next visit.

Though there has been some negative reviews in the recent past, we found our visit to be delightful and rewarding.

One who wants to visit should review the guideline of the BBG's on how to conduct your visit with respect to the property and to others visiting.

Enjoy your visit next time....
Written May 5, 2021
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Bronx, NY3,557 contributions
A must in the Spring...
Apr 2021
I've wanted to visit the BBG for a few years now ever since I found out about their Cherry Blossom trees. I monitored their progress (timing is everything with Cherry Blossoms) through the BBG website for a few weeks and saw that they are now peaking. I booked a ticket online as you are required to do so now during COVID. Booking lonline was very easy. Individual adult tickets are currently $18 but there are other options such as senior and student discounts. Children under 12 are also free. There are also a limited number of "community" tickets available to those who cannot afford the regular fees, which I thought was nice. Other discounts are available through various affiliations. I chose a Wednesday earlier in the morning to avoid the weekend and/or afternoon crowds. You can choose your times entry which are separated by different gates: Washington Ave., Eastern PArkway and Flatbush Ave. Parking (lot) is available near the main Washington Avenue entrance for a fee. Since I have visited the area in the recent past, I knew that there was tons of free street parking along Flatbush Avenue which tons of Prospect Park, BBG and Zoo goers can take advantage of. The alternate side/street cleaing restrictions all end between 9 AM and 10 AM, just in time for the Zoo and Garden to open! I got convenient spot along Flatbush Avenue and walked to that entrance. You are allowed to enter I believe 15 mins prior to, and up to 30 minutes ater your designated time. I have read a few complaints with the gate staff/guards but I had no issues. I presented my electronic ticket to the window booth, they scanned it and I was all set. The garden itself is wonderful. Lots to see, epecially in the early spring then things begin blooming. BBG is a good walking size....not as big as the NYBG but big enough to get in a lot of steps and take in the lovely scenery. While there are many areas to the Garden, the current buzz is around their annual Cherry Blossoms and rightfully so... They are simply gorgeous. There are a few areas around BBG with the blossoms but the main attraction is the Cherry Esplanade close to the Washington Ave. Entrance. The scene is simply amazing with the right timing. Thre indoor areas were still closed at the time of this writing . On a Wednesday morning there was tons of space to socially distance, even in the more crowded Cherry Blossom area. Masks are required and everyone is very respectful is keeping socially distanced. I did observe guards roaming the grounds...mostly enforcing their no blanket policy which I beieve was recently introduced with COVID. You are allowed to sit and lay on the grass but not with a blanket?! The garden is very well kept and clean. There are bathrooms and some food options throughout the garden but all had lines, especially with COVID-required distancing. The bathrooms were clean in my experience. Near the food areas, there are liited outdoor table/chairs set up. The little staff I encountered during my visit were helpful and friendly. For all my photographers out there...I did NOT have a problem bringing my DSLR camera and a few lenses in my backpack. I saw others in the Garden with tripods as well. Visitors were taking photos all over the garden with professional, prosumer and consumer cameras including cell phones. Lots of people vlogging as well. I believe the issue the Garden has is that they dont want photographer coming in who is planning on doing a full shoot (professional event or protrait with complex lighting set ups). But emailing/calling ahead to confirm is always a good idea if you are planning casual (family) photos. I've read reviews of some poeple having issues with that. I highly recommend everyone to visit the BBG. Lots to see, especially around this time of year. Also, make an entire day of it and add Prospect Park, Prospect Park Zoo and/or the Brooklyn Museum to the itinerary.
Written May 1, 2021
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NJ114 contributions
Small, crowded, expensive, and ...
Apr 2021 • Family
Coming in April basically for the cherry blossoms. Thought the display would be bigger so somewhat bummed. And for the price ($18) a bit expensive.

The BBG website absolutely horrible directions about parking. The directions took us to completely opposite side of the gardens. Which had no parking.

Obviously in April not much to see except cherry blossoms, daffodils, and some misc. But if you're looking to spot massive numbers of Cov-idiots you came to the right place. Never saw so many masked neurotics in one place OUTDOORS! People, your bodies need oxygen to keep your immune systems healthy.
Written April 26, 2021
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Javier M
1 contribution
Apr 2021
We went 2 weeks ago it was 3 different family's which I bought the Tickets
which i was the one that purchased the 3 different family tickets
Anyway we came from an hour and a half away
the two other family's were able to go their but apparently they stated I didnt purchase MY tickets the correct way which they showed I only paid for 1 instead of the additional tickets. which again I came from over an hour away I had a 2 year old a 6 year old and a 6 year old. she got a manager and the manager didnt have any compassion what so ever she heard my kids crying in the back round etc she stated their was NOTHING she can do even though i offered to PAY for the tickets. i would have NOT came from an hour and a half without tickets i doesnt make sense
Written April 24, 2021
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