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Brooklyn Botanic Garden Visitor Guide

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Cherry Blossoms at BBG

Cherry Blossoms at BBG

Photo by Heather Cross, licensed to About.com

The Brooklyn Botanic Garden in Brief:

Founded in 1910, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden is situated on 52-acres in the heart of Brooklyn. Thirteen gardens, six flower collections, and a conservatory with multiple environments to explore welcome over 725,000 visitors annually.

Brooklyn Botanic Garden Basics:

  • Address: 900 Washington Avenue, Brooklyn, NY
  • Phone: 718-623-7200
  • Website: www.bbg.org
  • Admission:
    • $10 for adults, $5 for seniors and students; free for children 12 and under
    • Admission is free on Tuesdays, Winter Weekdays (early Nov-early March); and 10 a.m.-noon on Saturdays (except during special events).
    • Admission prices are higher during special events

How Do You Get to the Bbg:

The easiest access to the Brooklyn Botanic Garden is via subway.
  • Subway: 2/3 to Eastern Parkway—Brooklyn Museum; B/Q to Prospect Park; 4/5 to Franklin Avenue; S shuttle to Prospect Park.
  • Driving: Parking is available at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden entrance at 900 Washington Avenue for $3-12/car.
Directions and Parking Details

Brooklyn Botanic Garden with Kids:

  • Children's Garden: Since 1914, BBG has been home to the Children's Garden, where kids 2-17 years old, learn about and participate in the gardening process.
  • Discovery Garden: Children and their adult caregivers can explore the Discovery Garden where kids are encouraged to explore and interact with the natural world.
  • Classes & Events for Families: Check the schedule for classes (pre-registration required) and drop-in events for children and families.
  • Strollers are allowed inside the Conservatory, but not inside the pavillions. Strollers are not allowed in the shops from April-June.

Brooklyn Botanic Garden Hours:

  • Tuesday - Friday: 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. (4:30 p.m. early Nov - early March)
  • Saturday - Sunday: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. (4:30 p.m. early Nov - early March)
  • Closed Mondays (open at 10 a.m. MLK Jr. Day, Washington's Birthday, Memorial Day & Columbus Day)
  • Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas & New Year's Day

Brooklyn Botanic Garden Annual Events:

Tips for Visiting the Brooklyn Botanic Garden:

  • Grab a map -- it will help you plan your route and make the most of your visit. They're available free at the entrance.
  • Eating - Aside from water bottles and baby bottles, no outside food may be brought into the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. Visitors can purchase and enjoy refreshments at the Terrace Cafe. No picnicking is allowed at BBG.
  • The Cherry Esplanade is the only place in the BBG where visitors are allowed to sit on the lawn.
  • Don't miss the Garden Gift Shop - they have wonderful gifts for people who love to garden.
  • No smoking is allowed in the Garden.

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