I had a milestone mama moment one Wednesday morning when I decided to take advantage of the New York Botanical Garden’s free day and trek up to the Bronx with Augusten. Exhausting? Yes. So much fun? Absolutely!
The main reason I wanted to get up there (besides getting in my 10,000 steps, obviously) was to see the Chihuly exhibit. Artist Dale Chihuly showcases his glass sculptures around the grounds of the gardens, and their vibrant colors and funky shapes enhance the garden viewing experience tenfold. It’s like a museum visit + garden exploration all in one day!
Of course, we had to stop by a few other staples while we were there, such as the rose garden and wooded hiking trails. Little man had the best time touching, smelling, and even tasting (?!?!) everything he could put his tiny fingers on. I sure was grateful to hop on the trolley midway around the garden to complete our day!
The NYBG is free every Wednesday, as well as every Saturday morning from 9 to 10am (other times it’s $23 for adults). I’d 100% suggest getting there before October to experience Chihuly–although the gardens is still technically in NYC, it really feels like you’re on a magical weekend getaway, and with MetroNorth right across the street, getting there couldn’t be more simple!
There’s a few cafes/food trucks onsite, but also feel free to pack a lunch, as they have plenty of picnic areas to use. Also see this article on the New York Conservatory Garden as well as Longwood Gardens in nearby Pennsylvania.