Information for Lightscape Visitors - Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Information for Lightscape Visitors

Information for Lightscape Visitors

We look forward to welcoming you to Lightscape! Resources on this page can help you prepare for your visit.

Arrival & Entrance

Our goal is to speed admission by staggering entry times, although there may still be a short wait at the entrance.

  • Use the Steinberg Visitor Center entrance at 990 Washington Avenue.
  • Please have your tickets ready for scanning. Your entry window is indicated on your tickets.
  • We encourage visitors to take public transportation. Limited attended parking (for a fee) and bike rack space is available on-site on a first-come-first-served basis. Scooters and bikes are not allowed in the Garden.
  • Wheelchairs for visitor use are available at the Visitor Center on a first-come-first-served basis.
  • Come prepared for the elements by dressing warmly and wearing suitable footwear.
  • Lightscape takes place in all weather, but if we’re required to cancel for safety reasons, the Garden will notify ticketholders via email and SMS before 2 p.m. with instructions for rebooking.

The Route & Installations

Lightscape takes place outdoors along a one-way, mile-long trail that exits at 150 Eastern Parkway. The route is paved, accessible, and well marked.

Click or tap below for full-size map.

Show larger map A yellow line indicates a route looping into the Garden from the Visitor Center. Along the route are stars and icons showing locations of installations, food & drink, and bathrooms.

Eighteen works of light art are on view, among them the Winter Cathedral tunnel, Sea of Light, Lantern Garden, Submergence, Kaleido Circle, and Supernova.

Lightscape also makes dramatic use of BBG’s living and built landscapes—its majestic trees, curving landscape, and historic buildings—by bathing them in dramatic sprays of color and patterns. Along the trail, visitors will hear a newly curated playlist featuring Taylor Swift, Elton John, Philip Glass, and the Viter Ukrainian Folk Choir, among others.

Preview the Installations

Food & Beverages

Concessions selling drinks and snacks are available at stops along the route, and the Canteen offers more substantial fare. Hot chocolate and hot cider are on the menu at all locations!

  • Irish coffee is available at the Visitor Center at the start of the trail.
  • Hot buttered rum is available at a kiosk near the Antares installation.
  • The Canteen, located south of Lily Pool Terrace, offers soup, sandwiches, wraps, savory pies, and beer and wine.
  • Please have your credit card ready; some concessions are cashless. You must be 21 or over to buy alcohol.
  • Outside food and drink are not permitted, apart from bottled water, baby bottles, and pocket snacks for individuals with dietary restrictions.


Lightscape Lodge

On Saturdays in December, plus Friday, December 29 and Sunday, December 31, join us for a three-course prix fixe dinner at Lightscape Lodge. Dinner reservations and separate Lightscape tickets are required to hold your spot. Walk-ins are welcome if space permits.

Bathroom Locations

Bathrooms are available in the Visitor Center, off Lily Pool Terrace on both ends, near the Light a Wish installation, and near the base of the Overlook.

Garden Shop

The Garden Shop is located at the start of the trail and open during Lightscape. The shop carries gifts, souvenirs, and apparel.

Garden Etiquette

  • Help protect our plant collections. Please stay on the trail and do not pick flowers, climb trees, or step in planted beds.
  • Photography is allowed; tripods, drones, and commercial photography are not. Please share your photos on social media and tag @brooklynbotanic #LightscapeBrooklyn.

Garden Rules

Weather Conditions

Lightscape takes place in all weather, but if we’re required to cancel for safety reasons, the Garden will notify ticketholders by email and/or SMS by 2 p.m. with instructions for rebooking.

Visitor Services

Ticket exchanges are subject to availability; there is a $10 exchange fee per order (maximum two exchanges). Contact Showclix at 866-220-4001 or by chat at Customer support is available 10 a.m.–6 p.m. (Sundays by chat only); after hours you may leave a message or submit a contact form. Exchanges must be made in advance of the ticketed entry time. There are no refunds.

For other frequently asked questions, see Lightscape FAQ.

For questions about membership, see Membership FAQ.

Ticket Support

For all questions about tickets, contact ShowClix at 866-220-4001 or make a request at


Lead Sponsor, Con Edison

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In partnership with Sony Music
Illuminated trail created by Culture Creative

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