Arboretums and Botanical Gardens to Visit in Penn Station

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When considering a vacation, or even just a day out with the family, why not consider visiting a local arboretum or botanical garden?  You can enjoy a delightful getaway with a visit to one of these beautiful gateways to all that nature has to offer.

Arboretums and botanical gardens work to promote common respect and educate with a drive towards an appreciation of the world of gardening and the insects that work to pollinate our plants and flowers. 

These nature monuments are just waiting to be discovered and welcome all visitors for a day of tranquility, enjoying their peaceful beauty.  Make sure to check out one of the arboretums or botanical gardens listed below.

New York Botanical Garden

2900 Southern Blvd, Bronx, NY 10458

Home of a National Historic Landmark site on the northern half of Bronx Park, the New York Botanical Garden was established in 1891 and is one of the most extensive gardens in the U.S., containing more than 1 million plants. One of its most incredible jewels is the Enid. A. Haupt Conservatory, a Victorian-style glasshouse, or the Peggy Rockefeller Rose Garden, or the Native Plant Garden. The NYBG was inspired by a visit from husband, wife, and botanists Nathanial and Elizabeth Britton to the Royal Botanic Gardens near London. The trip made the Brittons feel New York should have its own botanical garden to conduct original research in botanical science.

Brooklyn Botanic Garden

990 Washington Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11225

Established in 1910.  When Brooklyn Botanic Garden was founded more than a century ago, New York City area was quickly being developed into a cityscape of buildings and paved roads. Creating a public garden was one way to ensure that some green space remained. Today, the garden has come to represent the very best in urban gardening and horticultural display.

Creative Little Garden

530 E 6th St, New York, NY 10009

The garden is usually open to the public April-October, nearly every day from 11 am until dusk. During the off-season, you may find us open on weekends. We specialize in peace and quiet. Although we have many visitors due to our many open hours, the garden is always calming. We are gradually becoming a woodland garden of NYC native plants. We can almost guarantee birds singing and have earned National Wildlife Federation status.

Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden

1000 Richmond Ter, Staten Island, NY 10301

Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden is the result of more than four decades of restoration and development to convert a 19th-century charitable rest home for sailors to a regional arts center, botanical gardens, and public park. It is a place where history, architecture, gardens, agriculture, visual and performing arts, and education come together to provide a dynamic experience for all ages. Snug Harbor consists of 28 buildings, fourteen distinctive botanical gardens, a two-acre urban farm, wetlands, and parkland on a unique, free, open campus.

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