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New York Botanical Garden
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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.
New York City
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“Frequent Visitor - Fantastic Garden”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 9, 2013

The NY Botanical Garden is both a great place to visit and a great research institution and publisher. You can visit for free two days a week, but it costs extra to visit a few specialized gardens and the conservatories

Visited January 2013
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“Wonderful display”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 8, 2013

On my recent trip to New York city Botanical Garden, I was fascinated by the Train Show. Upon entering the exhibit a replica of Macy's store in New York City was just fantastic. Being from Kentucky and knowing that the artist Paul Busse is also based in Kentucky made the adventure that much more special. If you haven't been, you must go. We timed our visit to NYC between Christmas and New Year's, so there really was no overwhelming crowd.

Visited January 2013
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New York City, New York
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“Train Show is FANTASTIC!!!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 7, 2013

The entire family enjoyed the trains and all the replicas of the bridges, landmarks and important addresses in new york. these were definitely works of art and should be displayed at other times of year. These replicas were simply amazing.

Visited January 2013
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White Plains, New York
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“NYBG Holiday Train Show Hits Critical Mass”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 7, 2013

Of course, there are trains at the New York Botanical Garden (NYBG) Holiday Train Show. You’ll find a merry medley of amusing G-scale (very large) model trains on a quarter mile of track in the Enid Haupt Conservatory. However, it’s not the trains that draw thousands of visitors to the show each day from mid November through mid January. It’s the scale model bridges, tunnels, and buildings, and the exquisite landscaping along the tracks.

TRULY MAGNIFICENT. This year’s 21st Holiday Train Show, as always, is well worth the price of admission, which for non-members starts at $20 for adults and $10 for kids. The show, which features scale model replicas of well-known and some lesser-known New York City area landmarks, gets bigger every year, and now includes over 140 landmarks. Most years, the show grows by 5-6 buildings. For 2012, there is one new landmark, a very large, 4-ft tall scale model of Macy*s Herald Square store displayed separately in the admissions area tent.

BOTANICAL ARCHITECTURE. Getting excited? Here’s the beauty part. All the architecture is botanical, made of acorns, twigs, bark, berries, leaves, etc. by the elves in Paul Busse's Applied Imagination studios. You can get the inside scoop on how these unique, imaginative replicas are created by visiting the Artist’s Studio now on location as a part of the Train Show.

PACKED TO CONFUSION. Unfortunately, 2012 is the year, the show reached critical mass. Although we visited after the Holidays, on a weekday when most children are in school; although paid admissions are timed and occupancy limited; and although signage is clear and railroad-costumed staff on hand to conduct visitors, the show was packed to confusion. Too many models, too many visitors, too little flora, and not enough time or space.

OVERWHELMING TO EXHAUSTION. Each richly detailed, cleverly created model landmark is a masterpiece worthy of inspection, attention and remark, had we but mind enough and time. We love the NYBG Holiday Train Show and visit it almost every year. But it’s become overwhelming to exhaustion. Time for a reset!

Visited January 2013
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“Holiday train show is very special”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 5, 2013 via mobile

Our two year old son was fascinated by the trains. Unfortunately, the light is not very good, so try to come while it is still a daylight. Parking is across the road, so it adds to 10 minutes to your drive.

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