NYC For Families: Inspiration For Your Visit To The New York Botanical Garden

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Tips for Visiting the NYBG with Kids

Let’s be real— most kids can only take so much of admiring pretty plants and listening to mom read placards detailing different flowers’ Latin names. Here’s what we recommend to have a happy visit to the New York Botanical Garden with kids!

When To Visit

To avoid crowds, avoid Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays! The New York Botanical Garden is constantly hosting special events and exhibits that draw large crowds, including New York locals and tourists alike. As you might’ve guessed, these usually take place on weekends. For a more tranquil garden experience, we recommend visiting on a Tuesday, Thursday or Friday. The garden is generally closed on Mondays. Wednesdays are free entry, which means—drumroll, please— crowds.

If you absolutely must visit during the weekend, we recommend heading there around 3 pm on Saturday afternoon, and as soon as opening (usually 10 am) on Sunday.

For the most colorful, vibrant blooms, visit mid-May through June. Our second favorite time to visit is right in the heart of autumn when the trees are saturated with the deep reds, warm oranges, and bright yellows of Fall.

Admission

As of writing this post, here are the ticket prices to get into the NYBG:

Adults: $28; Seniors (65+): $25; Students (with valid ID): $25; Children (2–12): $12; Children under 2: Free; Members: Free*

Now, that’s before any transportation costs— including parking— so for a family, these costs add up.

Save on admission

With two adults and three school-aged children, we opted for a Family Membership, and for us, it’s so worth it! The complimentary parking pass made traveling to the NYBG very convenient, and within weeks, I’d already used our reciprocal garden admission benefits, too.

See the other botanical gardens we’ve visited (and written about) here.

Visiting New York soon? Check out this article: Six Hudson Valley Gardens to Visit

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