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New York Botanical Garden, Bronx

Bronx River Parkway and Fordham Road
New York City , New York
Tel: 718 817 8700's insider take:

Established in 1891, the 250-acre New York Botanical Garden is an oasis for pavement-pounding city dwellers, just a 20-minute Metro North ride from Grand Central. Cedar, fir, and spruce trees shade winding paths that connect 50-plus gardens, plantings, and greenhouses populated by countless species of native and exotic flora. Among the highlights are the Magnolia Grove (blooms in April), Rockefeller Rose Garden (peaks in June and September), and the Irwin Perennial Garden (where there's something to see year-round). Inside the Victorian Enid A. Haupt Conservatory, the "World of Plants" immerses visitors in ferns, palms, African euphorbias (a cousin of the cactus), and other tropical tendrils. In the Children's Adventure Garden, kids can explore a maze, jump on plastic lily pads to make water jets shoot up, or do a fun weekend workshop. Nearby are the Garden's research facility and a rare orchid collection with 6,000 different species hunted down by botanists and studied extensively on-site. The Garden's gates are open year-round but visiting is, of course, best (and busiest) in the spring.

Closed Mondays (except holidays).

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