December 31 2019
December 11th, 2019 | Dives & Insider Spots in New York City
Spending time outdoors is more important than ever. New York may be a concrete jungle, but its many parks and gardens make up for it. Next time you’re in need of some greenery, colorful flowers or peaceful strolls among seasonal plants, check out these botanical gardens in New York that you can visit year-round.
Location: 2900 Southern Blvd., Bronx, NY 10458
The New York Botanical Garden in the city’s most popular garden, located in the Bronx. It’s made up by arboretums, the conservatory, flower gardens, the forest, a herb garden and more. But that’s not all! Annual events highlight the best of the seasons while focusing on what’s blooming. Whether you want to see lush roses and orchids, gawk at massive pumpkins or check out their Holiday Train Show, there’s something for everyone. Don’t forget to look at the calendar for information on guided tours or special programs.
Location: 5861 High Line, New York, NY 10001
The High Line, New York’s elevated park in Chelsea, used to be a freight line. Now, it’s one of the most beautiful urban parks in the city. It’s divided into sections that feature a variety of local flora. You can see flowers, bushes, trees and shrubs that are now home to local wildlife. Volunteers lead seasonal tours, but you can check out their website to find out what’s currently growing. In winter, make sure to check in advance if it’s open—sections tend to close if it’s too icy.
Location: 1233 5th Avenue, New York, NY 10029
Heading to Central Park North will take you to the Conservatory Garden at 105th Street and Fifth Avenue. Its entrance is flanked by the Vanderbilt Gate, a lavish iron-wrought gate installed in 1939 that used to be at the entrance of the old Vanderbilt Mansion. If you’re curious about Cornelius Vanderbilt and his legacy, read our blog post on New York’s Titans and Innovators.
The Conservatory Garden has three smaller gardens, each with a unique character. The North or French Garden, the Central Italian Garden, and the South or English Garden. The two fountains and the Wisteria Pergola are the most Instagrammable spots.
If you get hungry after spending a day exploring these parks, retreat to Royalton New York, your sophisticated home away from home. Have a bite at Forty Four Restaurant or sip on our signature cocktails at Bar 44.