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There are 2 botanical gardens in NYC, the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens and the New York Botanical Gardens, in the Bronx. Both are really beautiful. The one in Brooklyn is known for its cherry blossom blooms and festival, which I highly recommend! But, we have a membership to the one in the Bronx since it’s closer to home. It’s much larger and has a more typical botanical gardens feel.
This was the twins’ fourth time here, but the first time they could actually explore and walk around. Every time I take them to the park, I tell myself, today is the day. Then, I get to the park and get scared to let them do anything except go on the swings. I want to be one of those moms who lets their kid walk around and play barefoot, not even making them put their shoes back on after the sandbox. Instead, I’m so worried one of them will eat a rock while the other one is climbing on something dangerous. The park scares the shit out of me; it’s two against one! I’m sure if both Kaan and Rose were in danger and not anywhere near each other, that another parent would come to my rescue, but…. Seriously, today might be the day that I allow them to do more than just go on the swings. But, I say that to myself every day. Anyways, visiting the NYBG this time was fun because G was with us and I could actually let the twins run around and be crazy, without fear that I couldn’t keep them both safe, simultaneously.
The NYBG has a strict policy about not walking on the grass. So we were totally breaking the rules in that last picture. But we all needed a break after walking around inside the conservatory. No matter how many times we go, I never get bored. In Central Park, you still feel like you’re in the city, but the NYBG is a real respite. I always feel like I’ve escaped New York for a bit. This botanical garden is absolutely huge. They have a tram, which takes you to the far ends, but it is still impossible to see everything in a day. They also have the cutest little children’s area, which we had planned to visit, but they were kicking us out!
Since it’s such a hike to get up to this area of the Bronx, if you don’t have a car, I suggest planning an all day trip. You can easily spend an entire day here and not get bored. There is a little cafe with decent espresso and sandwiches, etc. They also have a less casual restaurant inside the garden, but I haven’t tried it. Or, you could pack a lunch and picnic in the designated picnic area.
NYBG is open Tuesday – Sunday, 10-6, tickets are $20 for adults, $8 for kids 2-12, and free for kids under 2.
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