Slowly but surely, our beautiful city is opening back up. Yesterday, you can count the New York Botanical Garden among the local attractions now welcoming visitors.
So what will you see? A million plants (no, that's not an exaggeration) over 250 acres, including roses, hydrangeas, water lilies and roses. You can walk its trails and spend time in the garden, maybe taking a self-guided audio tour while you enjoy the view. If you get the munchies, the on-site Pine Tree Café will be serving up a limited menu...with outdoor seating, of course.
In keeping with the new normal, social distancing signs and hand sanitizer stations will be sprinkled throughout the grounds, and wearing a face mask is a must.
Be aware that you must make a reservation and purchase tickets in advance. Fewer guests will be allowed in the gardens, but timed entrances mean no wait time. A very good thing. Tickets cost $22 for adults, $19 for seniors and students and $8 for kids 2 through 12. Children under 2 are free. The NYBG is located in the Bronx, and are accessed by a quick ride on the Metro North train.
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Of course, staff and visitors must also wear face coverings, and there will be daily health screenings for staff. Staff is also going to be sanitizing points across the garden frequently. And like many other attractions across the city, there are limited, timed-entry admission so that visitors' arrivals are staggered to avoid crowding. Tickets have to be purchased in advanced, otherwise visitors won't be given access.
Make sure to check its website each day to see if tickets are available since capacity is lower.