New York Botanical Garden
Things to Do in New York City
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In the madness and pollution of a big city like New York, an urban oasis is more than a dream, it’s a necessity. Enter the New York Botanical Garden, a bastion of serenity and beauty. Created in 1891 on the northern half of Bronx Park (enviable location with gorges and a river, plus venerable trees) these National Historic Landmark gardens comprise 101 hectares (250 acres) of exterior and interior spaces, including ponds, waterfalls, walking paths, and even a lush, gorgeous event venue.
The million or so visitors that arrive here every year, whether to learn about plants and botany, or simply meditate in an ideal climate, revel in the beauty and peace, the idyllic settings. With permanent and special exhibits, and seasonal adjustments, the gardens are constantly changing, always interesting to explore.
Since its inception, the New York Botanical Garden has evolved, just as its natural inhabitants have, and it is now more focussed on biodiversity and sustainability. It is committed to the study of horticulture and works actively to educate others on the subject. Take a break from the concrete jungle and step inside one, albeit orderly. Visit 50 specialty gardens featuring upward of a million plants. And relax...