Summer is here and, particularly after the year we’ve all had, it’s time to take advantage of some well-deserved recreation. With the warm weather all around, what better way than to head outdoors? If you’re looking for someplace to go to stretch your legs, breathe in some fresh air, and maybe even learn a thing or two, look no further than the Brooklyn Botanic Garden.
Just a short walk due east (less than 2 miles), it would be a shame not to take advantage of living so close to this stunning garden. Horticulturists will absolutely adore wending throughout the 52 pristine acres of gardens adorned with some 14,000 different types of plants. With so much to see, it’s impossible to take everything in on a single visit, so this place will keep you coming back for more.
Particularly now that visitor numbers are limited, you’d be remiss to find a bad time to visit. However, if you’re looking to sneak in a quick stroll at the end of a long day (the perfect way to unwind), know that all of the specialty gardens close 30 minutes before the rest of the garden.
In addition to passively strolling around, there are still a number of special events taking place for those who want a little more hands-on action. You can learn Chinese brush painting techniques as you create stunning calligraphy pieces. Or you can learn to put together the most perfectly stunning floral arrangement. And if you have kids, bring them along for classes that teach them how to plant and nurture their own gardens!
There’s so much to do here, but before you go, make sure to look at the latest precautions[https://www.bbg.org/visit?plan] being enforced. Currently, the garden requires all visitors to reserve advance tickets, regardless of membership status; ticket availability only opens up two weeks out but, depending on availability, it’s still possible to snag same-day tickets. Groups are limited to 10 and there are mask mandates in effect for certain (mostly indoor) areas.
Whatever it is you’re looking for — a quiet stroll, gardening tips, or real hands-on action — Brooklyn Botanic Garden has it all. Don’t let this place go on unvisited while you’re living so close. You won’t regret it.