Brooklyn Botanic Garden

With 52 acres covered in plant life, you're sure to find something beautiful to gaze upon at Brooklyn Botanic Garden. Visit the discovery garden with the children, or dream about Italian food as you smell the basil in the Herb Garden. Whatever you do, don't sit inside all spring and summer.

A Garden in the Concrete Jungle

In 1910 the garden was founded with the creative and extraordinary botanist Charles Stuart Gager as director. While Brooklyn was industrializing quickly and thriving towards a cityscape, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden was a fresh patch of green in a changing landscape. Today, the 52-acre botanic garden works to connect people to the environment, the cultivated plant life while informing, experimenting, and creating a better world.

A Family Outing

The one-acre garden is a space for children to explore and express themselves and the garden. One highlighted feature is the giant bird’s nest. Children can go inside of the nest and even create their own mini bird’s nest to take home with them. Another main feature for children to not miss out on is the insect hotel! Here guests can see leaf-cutter bees, praying mantises, and termites! Lastly, children need to check out the elevated boardwalk, where just beneath their feet, the kids can see canopies of Lavelle’s cork and black locust trees.

What’s New at BBG

Plants in Bloom

There are always new plants that are in bloom in the garden, based on the time of year and type of plant you can experience a vast amount of nature’s beauty. Currently, the purple beautyberry is in bloom in the Plant Family Collection, Japanese forest grass is in bloom at the Perennial Border Bed. you can also find Japanese maple and regular maple trees that are currently in bloom! There is also the virgin’s bower trees that can be found in Native Flora Garden. Be sure to check the listing of what’s in bloom before seeing that garden.

“No matter what time of year, there’s always something in bloom: lotus plants in August, beautyberries in November, flowering Oriental Cherry trees in spring”

—Diane Mehta, New York Magazine

Getting to the Brooklyn Botanic Garden

Experience the Brooklyn Botanic Garden via Amtrak to Penn Station in New York City—Don’t forget to use the New York By Rail 15% discount!

Where to Stay in NYC:

Looking for a getaway opportunity? Spend the night and experience all New York City has to offer. Take a look at these great hotel options—some offering exclusive New York By Rail discounts!