Located in the Bronx, the 250-acre New York Botanical Garden is an extraordinary and magical garden that is breathtaking in every season.

There are more than 50 acres of native forest, a river, waterfalls, and rolling green hills, as well as indoor rain forests and deserts at the Botanical Garden. Seasonal exhibits include the Holiday Train Show and the Spring Orchid Show. The garden’s diverse permanent displays of flowers, its old growth forest, and the seasonal special exhibits like roses, azaleas, and chrysanthemums make it a wonderful education and research institution.

The garden has a few hiking trails, waterfalls and water views, making it a spectacular setting for exercise or romantic stroll. The area cannot be explored in one day but must be visited in every season to appreciate its exquisite collection. The tram ride provides a wonderful overview and is a perfect way to decide which of the many gardens you’d like to explore by foot.

The walk by the old mill gives you a feeling if stepping back in time, the rose garden is a small treasure of sight and smell, and the conservatory is exotic. Even the children’s section has a number of hands-on activities for the kids. Everything is so well maintained, that you will forget that you are in New York City.

Whether you come for the orchids, the blooming cherry trees, the wetlands and their dragonflies, or the Holiday Train exhibit created entirely of plants and flowers, you will thoroughly enjoy your time at the New York Botanical Garden. If you arrive between 9 & 10 a.m. on Saturday, admission to the grounds is free. A café offers a nice selection of salads and sandwiches, the gift shop is stocked with all beautiful garden-inspired gifts and plants, and the volunteers helpful and friendly.

You’ll never grow tired of the New York Botanical Garden, depending on your mood and the season; it will be a new exploration every time.