Hours & Admissions
- Tuesday–Friday: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
- Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
- Closed Mondays (but open Memorial Day and
Columbus Day, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.)
- Closed Labor Day
- Tuesday–Friday: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
- Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
- Closed Mondays (but open Veterans Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, and
Presidents Day, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.)
- Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day
Last admission into the Garden is 30 minutes before closing time.
Note: BBG will close at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, May 5.
Steinhardt Conservatory and Gallery
Open Tuesday through Sunday:
- March–October: 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
- November–February: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Visitor Center and Garden Shop
Open Tuesday through Sunday:
- March–October: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
- November–February: 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Tuesday–Friday: 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
|Seniors (65 and over)||$6|
|Students 12+ with valid IDs||$6|
|Children under 12||Free|
|Seniors, Fridays year-round||Free|
|Saturdays 10–12 noon**||Free|
|Winter Weekdays (November–February)||Free|
* Admission to Sakura Matsuri is $25 for adults, $20 for students/seniors. Chile Pepper Festival is $20 for adults, $15 for students/seniors. Ghouls & Gourds is $15 for adults, $10 for students/seniors. On festival dates there are no free hours or reciprocal admissions.
** Except on Saturdays with public programs such as Sakura Matsuri, Chile Pepper Festival, and Ghouls & Gourds.
Art & Garden Ticket
Enhance your day in Brooklyn by visiting our neighbor, the Brooklyn Museum! Simply buy an Art & Garden ticket here at Brooklyn Botanic Garden and present your receipt for same-day admission to the Brooklyn Museum.
* Not valid on BBG festival days.
**Except Fridays and Festival Days
- Art & Garden combination tickets are valid only on the purchase date.
- The Brooklyn Museum's admission is suggested. Tickets are not refundable.
- There is no combination ticket for children under 12 years of age. Children under 12 enter for free.
Brooklyn Botanic Garden is committed to making its exhibitions, programs and services accessible to all who visit, and is working to make its gardens and facilities accessible. However, due to the historic nature of much of the Garden, some areas may present challenges to those with ambulatory disabilities.
The front section of the parking lot is reserved for visitors who are mobility challenged. Visitors in wheelchairs can enter the Garden using any of the public entrances when the Garden is open. After hours, persons in wheelchairs should exit through the Administration Building at 1000 Washington Avenue.
BBG's grounds are accessible by paved pathways throughout the Garden. Garden areas can be reached in a variety of ways, including stair-free options for most specialty gardens. However, due to the historic nature of the Garden, certain paths may be narrow, rough, uneven or steep.
Alice Recknagel Ireys Fragrance Garden
Created in 1955 and enjoyed by all visitors to Brooklyn Botanic Garden, this was the first garden in the country designed for the sight-impaired. Visitors are encouraged to touch and smell the plants, which have been selected for fragrant or tactile qualities and are all non-toxic. Plants are grown in elevated beds at just the right height for persons in wheelchairs. A continuous metal railing offers guidance, and Braille labels identify the specimens.
Find out more about the Alice Recknagel Ireys Fragrance Garden.
The Garden provides learning opportunities for visitors of all ages. Experienced educators work with both children and adults at all developmental and cognitive levels. BBG's education programs can be adapted for students with special needs.
Education greenhouses have hydraulic, height-adjustable potting tables that enable all students to work comfortably.
When scheduling a school visit to BBG, please notify the Registration Office about the learning or physical needs of your students. BBG offers discounted fees for special-needs programs; please ask about this when you register. For more information, call 718-623-7220.
In addition, the GreenBridge Therapeutic Horticulture Network offers practitioners of horticulture therapy a forum for gathering at the Garden and exchanging ideas on how to use horticulture to promote healing. For more information on this network, call 718-623-7209.
Garden Tours and Public Programs
Guided tours, led by extensively trained Garden Guides, are available for all exhibitions and special programs to ensure that individuals with a range of abilities can experience BBG's events. Tours tailored to visitors with physical or developmental challenges can also be arranged. Call 718-623-7220 for more information.
On special Public Program days, accommodation in performance areas can be made for visitors in wheelchairs or with limited mobility.
The Visitor Center, Terrace Café, and Garden Shop are all accessible by wheelchair. An elevator providing access to the Auditorium and the Library is located in the Administrative Building at 1000 Washington Avenue.
The Steinhardt Conservatory lower-level Gallery, Desert Pavilion, Tropical Pavilion, and Warm Temperate Pavilion can be reached by elevator.
Uniformed security guards, stationed at each entrance and traversing the grounds, can help direct visitors to appropriate facilities and resources.
Restrooms for use by our visitors in wheelchairs are located in the Conservatory.
Brooklyn Botanic Garden provides wheelchairs as a courtesy to our guests. They are provided on a first come, first served basis. A valid driver's license or government-issued picture ID card is needed in order to furnish you with a wheelchair. Your ID will be held and returned to you when you return the wheelchair.
Service Animal Policy
Brooklyn Botanic Garden is committed to making its exhibitions, programs, and services accessible to all who visit and is working to make its gardens and facilities accessible. While BBG does not allow visitors to bring pets into the Garden, consistent with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and NYC Human Rights Law, BBG does allow service animals onto the premises.
Service animals are defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) as “dogs that are individually trained to do work or perform tasks for people with disabilities.” Examples of such work include guiding people who are blind, alerting people who are deaf, pulling a wheelchair, alerting or protecting a person with seizure disorders, reminding a person with mental illness to take medication, or calming a person with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) during an anxiety attack.
In cases in which a service animal is out of control, BBG Security personnel will request that the handler correct the animal’s behavior, or in some cases, may request that the animal be removed from the Garden. For the purpose of this policy, and in accordance with Section 36.302(c)(2) of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the following criteria must be met for a service animal to be considered “under control”:
- The animal must be harnessed, leashed, or tethered unless these devices interfere with the animal’s work or the individual’s disability prevents using the devices.
- The individual with the disability must maintain control of the service animal through voice, signal, or other effective controls.
- The animal must be housebroken and able to relieve itself in the designated area behind and to the north side of the Rose Arc.
- The animal must not demonstrate agitated or aggressive behavior, including but not limited to barking, whining, biting, growling, jumping, scratching, leash pulling, and sniffing other visitors.
Questions concerning Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s Service Animal Policy should be directed to [email protected].
The Garden's website is accessible—and usable—for all Internet users and for the full range of browsing platforms and devices such as screen readers, PDAs, and mobile phones. In 2004, bbg.org was honored with the Talking Hands Award for combining Section 508 compliance with creative excellence. For more information, see BBG's accessibility statement.
The Garden's Master Site Plan considers accessibility in all aspects of its design.
If you have questions or comments about accessibility at BBG, please contact [email protected] or call 718-623-7269.
Brooklyn Botanic Garden is a museum of living plants. The following policies were designed to protect the plant collection and enhance the experience of all visitors.
When planning your visit, please note:
- Children under 14 must be supervised by an adult 18 or over.
- With the exception of bottled water and baby bottles, food and beverages cannot be brought into the Garden. Food can be purchased and consumed at the Terrace Café. Picnicking is not allowed.
- Sitting on the lawn is only allowed at the Cherry Esplanade. Blankets and folding chairs are not permitted.
- No athletic or recreational equipment is allowed.
- Pets are not allowed. Service animals should be announced at the entrance.
- Tripods and easels are not permitted in the Conservatory, the Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden, in flower beds, or blocking any Garden paths. Commercial and wedding photography is only permitted by prior arrangement.
- Strollers are allowed in the Steinhardt Conservatory Gallery (including bathrooms and Café) but not allowed in the Steinhardt Conservatory pavilions.
- Strollers are not allowed in the shops from April–June.
While in the Garden, please note:
- Brooklyn Botanic Garden is a nonsmoking facility. Please refrain from smoking anywhere on the grounds.
- Do not pick flowers, walk in the planted beds, or climb trees. Fallen leaves, flowers, or other plant materials must be left on the ground.
- Use electronic audio devices with earphones only.
- Shirts and shoes are required.
Over the coming months, BBG will be doing construction at the south end of the Garden, and the Flatbush Avenue entrance will be closed. Here are some things to know.
Q: What is the South Garden Project?
The South Garden Project is a suite of site improvements that will enhance the visitor experience and strengthen BBG’s infrastructure in the southern third of the Garden, closest to the Flatbush Avenue entrance. Phase 1 of the project, breaking ground in 2013, includes the following:
- A relocated and expanded Discovery Garden to offer children an extraordinary new space for hands-on exploration and fun;
- A new Flatbush Avenue entrance with a small entry pavilion containing restrooms and a ticketing booth, an Early Spring Garden, and a renewal of the historic McKim, Mead & White brick archway;
- A relocated and expanded indoor café and outdoor food kiosk to better serve BBG’s increasing visitorship and open up new gardening space.
Phases 2 and 3 of the South Garden Project include the creation of a new Water Garden and the completion of a larger water conservation project and are projected to begin in 2015. The South Garden Project is a key element in BBG’s Campaign for the Next Century, a multiyear effort that creates four acres of new or expanded garden space as part of BBG’s most significant renewal since its founding over 100 years ago. These projects are the result of more than a decade of careful planning by BBG’s staff and trustees. BBG is grateful to the wide range of public and private donors who have helped to raise 90 percent of the Campaign’s $100 million goal (as of August 2013) to support the long-term vitality of the Garden.
Q. Why is the South Garden Project happening?
After 103 years as a pioneering urban garden, BBG is preparing for the next century of service to the neighborhood, the borough, and the more than 750,000 visitors who come to the Garden each year from near and far. The South Garden Project is one of a series of strategically planned Garden-wide projects based on community, sustainability, and ecologically sound practices that will update facilities from earlier decades that no longer meet the needs of a major cultural institution.
A full third of the Garden’s annual visitors use BBG’s southern entry, including the majority of visiting school groups. The redesigned gardens and entryway will help BBG better welcome its growing audience, provide new exploratory experiences for kids and adults, and make visiting BBG more comfortable—modeling sustainable practices all the while.
Q: Will areas of BBG be closed during construction? What else can I expect when I visit?
BBG will be open and as lively as ever! A 3.5-acre area in the southern part of the Garden will be fenced off as construction gets under way. The Flatbush Avenue entrance will be closed for the duration of Phase 1 construction, with signage in place to direct visitors approaching the Garden from the south to the Visitor Center entrance at 990 Washington Avenue. It is a 10- to 15-minute walk from the B/Q station at Prospect Park to the Visitor Center.
Here’s a better look at the area of the Garden under construction:
BBG and its project partners will also work to ensure that noise from construction is mitigated to help preserve the tranquility of the Garden.
Q. Will the café be closed?
No! During the period of construction in the existing outdoor café area, the Terrace Café will move to its winter location in the Steinhardt Conservatory and continue to provide delicious dining and ample seating.
Q. What can I do with my kids at the Garden while the Discovery Garden is closed?
We are so glad you asked! Discovery Garden staff and volunteers have already begun welcoming families and school groups with new kid-friendly signage and drop-in activities in the historic Alice Recknagel Ireys Fragrance Garden, where visitors are invited to gently touch and smell plants. Hands-on programs for kids of all ages are offered April through November. The Garden’s Kids’ Discovery Guide is available at the Visitor Center and several other locations and helps families find fun all over the Garden’s 52 acres! See an online version of the Kids’ Discovery Guide at bbg.org/kids.
Q. How long is this going to take?
The new café and outdoor kiosk are slated to open 12 to 18 months after construction begins. The Flatbush Avenue entrance and expanded Discovery Garden should open approximately 24 months after the groundbreaking.
Q. Are these “green” projects?
Yes! A principal concern for the Garden is the environmental footprint of each of its capital projects. The South Garden Project will introduce thousands of square feet of new planting space to BBG. And like the new Visitor Center, the gardens and Flatbush Avenue entry pavilion have been designed to meet high standards of sustainability and will be built using local and/or sustainable building materials. The 950-square-foot entry building will include low-flow water fixtures, features to maximize natural light, and high-efficiency artificial light fixtures. Storm water collected from the building will be directed into a garden-wide water catchment system, which together with other key elements of the Campaign for the Next Century projects—including the new Visitor Center, a forthcoming Water Garden, and a larger future water recirculation project—will reduce 90 percent of BBG’s current runoff into the municipal wastewater system. The Discovery Garden and Early Spring Garden will be planted in part with native plants, which are adapted to thrive in our environment and require less maintenance.
Q. What will be planted at the new Flatbush Avenue entrance?
More than 56,000 plants will be added to area under renovation in the southern section of the Garden, welcoming entering visitors with a panorama of flowering plants, conifers, and northeastern hardwoods. Major plantings of evergreens, providing scale as well as visual screening and soundproofing from the street, will be set off by familiar deciduous trees like maples, oaks, and beeches and by shrubs including spicebush, witch-hazels, and dogwoods. Woody plants that are invasive, vulnerable to the emerald ash borer, or failing because of age or storm damage will be removed to make way for more than 900 new trees and shrubs.
Among the new plantings encompassing the overall South Garden Project, a highlight of the Flatbush Avenue entrance will be a special Early-Spring-Blooming Garden. Vivid masses of blossoms will first appear in February and early March, offering a harbinger of warmer months ahead and a welcome sign that the winter will soon be behind us. Highlights of this collection include hellebores, sweetbox, and camellias, as well as ephemerals like snowdrops and daffodils.
Q. Who is designing the South Garden Project?
Two highly regarded New York–based firms are designing elements of the South Garden Project. Renowned landscape architects Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates (MVVA)—lauded for their work on Brooklyn Bridge Park, Teardrop Park, and Hudson River Park, as well as other projects across the country—are leading the landscape redesign, including the Discovery Garden and Early Spring Garden. The Flatbush Avenue entry pavilion, archway renewal, and café elements are designed by NYC’s own Architecture Research Office (ARO), well known for its recent work on Long Island’s Weston Performing Arts Center, the Princeton School of Architecture addition, and a sporting pavilion at Beacon Long Dock Park. Both firms have worked closely with BBG staff on the project.
In July 2012, the Public Design Commission of the City of New York honored the plans for the Flatbush Avenue entry pavilion and Terrace Café with its Award for Excellence in Design, recognizing the innovative redesign of two important visitor landmarks at the Garden.
Q. What else is changing at BBG?
BBG is revitalizing areas all over the 52-acre garden in order to improve the visitor experience, augment horticultural collections, and model urban sustainability inside and outside the Garden gates. Completed projects include the new Herb Garden (2010), the creation of the Brooklyn Urban Gardener program (2010), the new Visitor Center (2012), and the Native Flora Garden expansion (2013). After Phase 1 of the South Garden Project is completed, BBG will begin work on the Water Garden and other aspects of the water recirculation and conservation project and on a new Woodland Garden.