As a former school teacher, I tend to look at the month of September as the official kick-off to the year. (January = cold and so overrated!;-) That being said, the start to fall is a time when I sit down and think about goals for the year. One thing I plan to incorporate more in the blog this year is exploring all 5 boroughs, which I’ll curate into the Off The Beaten Path collection, making it easy to gather ideas and inspiration for when you want to venture off the island. While Manhattan may be the main hub many non-New Yorkers think of when they hear NYC, there’s a lot of greatness residing in the Bronx, Queens, Brooklyn, and yes, even Staten Island, too.
To kick off this new series, I jumped on the D train and headed up to the Boogie Down Bronx to check out the New York Botanical Garden. From the subway, it’s an 8 block walk (or you can jump on the bus if the weather is shoddy.)
The garden is a living museum, chock full of so many exotic plants and blooms it’s difficult to believe you’re still in NYC…let alone in the middle of the Bronx! An oasis of green standing at 250 acres, it provides the perfect getaway to wander aimlessly and soak in a ton of Mother Nature. Do note though, that if just the idea of walking that many acres exhausts you, the garden does have a free tram to tote you about from collection to collection.
And of course, if you’re not the wandering type, the garden offers plenty of structured classes, events, and volunteer opportunities. A few that piqued my interest are Jazz Age Evenings (filled with cocktails, concerts, and dance!), iPhone Nature Photography classes, and their annual Antique Garden Furniture Fair. A full list of activities can be found on their calendar.
Here’s a few snaps from my most recent visit…ever the girly girl, I was quite partial to the rose garden. No surprise there, right?
Insider Tip: Grounds admission is free all day on Wednesdays and from 9-10am on Saturdays. However, Wednesdays is also when the school field trips are held (because, free!), so be prepared for lots of elated children running about! Fresh air does wonders for city kids;-)
What’s your favorite Botanical Garden? Share below!
By: Jessica Tiare Bowen
This post is part of Travel Photo Thursday at Budget Travelers Sandbox.