NYC Guide

Free days guide for botanical gardens, zoo and aquarium in NYC

As I always say – and most of you should know – New York City is not a cheap place to live – and to visit. Saving money – if you live here or if you are a tourist – is always good, right? And if you want to save money here, you need planning! The city has a lot of cool and free things to do – including tourist attractions such as museums. Today, I share information about free admission to botanical gardens, zoo, and aquarium.
New York Botanical Garden – Botanical Garden is not an obvious place to visit in the city. Of course, it is better to go during the Spring in order to see all the beauty of the gardens with roses, tulips, and azaleas. The area is extensive and has thousands of species, in addition to periodic exhibitions. There is a train shuttle for a general tour around the garden – which helps to give you a view of the place size. Botanical Garden is located in the Bronx and you get there using the 4 train.
Free admission all day on Wednesdays and from 9am to 10am on Saturdays.
You save $20 to $25.
Address: 2900 Southern Blvd.
Brooklyn Botanical Garden – the place is famous for its Cherry blossom collection, blooming in early April and attracting thousands of people every year. There are so many flowers that you feel like you are walking through a tunnel. But Brooklyn Botanical Garden is not just about Cherry Blossom. There are more than 12,000 species,  with lots of green space and beautiful flowers. One of the highlights is the Bonsai museum. Tulip gardens are also amazing, beyond the rose garden. There is also the Japanese Garden. It is lovely walking around the lake, passing beneath the flowering trees, and feeling the cool breeze. Honestly, you can spend an entire day at Brooklyn Botanical Gardens without realizing it.
Free admission on Fridays until noon (except when there are special events).
You save $15.
Address: 990 Washington Ave.
Queens Botanical Garden – yes, New York City has another Botanical Garden, which is located in Queens! The place has more than 60 years and has themed gardens, historic plantations, native species, and sustainable landscapes. More than 20 gardens! It is nice to check the Fragrance Walk, which features a collection of plants that are especially fragrant during the growing season. The essential oils found in flowers, leaves, seeds, bark, and roots of these plants provide a remarkable fragrance.
Free admission on Wednesdays, from 3 pm to 6 pm, and on Sundays from 4 pm to 6 pm. From November to March, free admission every day (Tuesday to Sunday).
You save $4.
Address: 43-50 Main Street, Flushing.
Bronx Zoo – Forget Central Park Zoo – everyone I know that has been there was disappointed because the place is small. The best zoo in New York is in the one in the Bronx. It is among the largest metropolitan zoos in the world and is one of the largest in North America, with about 6,000 animals representing nearly 650 species from around the world. 4D theater, butterfly garden, and a special area for children are just some of the special attractions of the place.
Pay what you wish on Wednesdays, throughout the day.
You save $30.
Address: 2300 Southern Blvd.
New York Aquarium – when in Coney Island, what do you think about taking the opportunity to check it out this place? New York Aquarium has sharks, fishes, turtles, and more. It also features a special room for presentations. During the summer, it runs from 10 am to 6 pm.
Pay what you wish on Wednesdays from 3 pm.
You save at least $12.
Address: 602 Surf Ave, Brooklyn.
Wave Hill – this is a garden and cultural center, located in the Bronx, with amazing views of the Hudson River. There are a variety of gardens – more than ten, including a conservatory and old houses, one dating from 1843. One of these houses is an art gallery, with regular exhibitions. No doubt, a place that mixes art and nature – a must-see and different program in the concrete jungle that is New York City.
Free admission on Tuesdays and Saturdays from 9 am to 12 pm.
You save $ 8.
Address: W 249th St.

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