Couple walking in Home Gardening Center with small purple flowers

Member Trips, Luncheons, and Walking Tours

To reserve, please email membership@nybg.org or call 718.817.8703. When reserving a trip of program, you agree to our Member Trip Reservation Conditions and Cancellation Policy.

CHIHULY Brunch

July 21; 9:30 a.m.–1 p.m.
Meet at NYBG
$55; includes guided walking tour and private brunch

Artworks by world-renowned artist Dale Chihuly will be on view at NYBG in his first major garden exhibition in New York in more than ten years. CHIHULY will display several magnificent works that reveal the evolution and development of Chihuly’s artistic process during his celebrated career. Take an exclusive tour led by Joanna Groarke, Director of Public Engagement and Library Exhibitions Curator and Victoria Lewis, Exhibition’s Interpretive Specialist, as they discuss the planning and installation of this landmark event. The walking tour concludes with a private brunch in the Lillian and Amy Goldman Stone Mill.

Historic Stone Mill Luncheon

August 11; 11 a.m.–2 p.m. 
Meet at NYBG
$55; includes lecture and private lunch

Enjoy a rare, colorful look at the Lillian and Amy Goldman Stone Mill with longtime NYBG staff member Wayne Cahilly. He will discuss the past and present of this National Historic Landmark building that dates back to 1840. The famed Lorillard family purchased the site in 1792 to build a major tobacco manufacturing company. The mill used the Bronx River to power the waterwheels that produced tobacco and snuff. The mill was abandoned in 1870 and was later purchased by the City of New York. It wasn’t until 1937 that the mill was officially transferred to the Garden and then declared a National Historic Landmark in 1977. Prior to lunch in the Stone Mill’s private reception room, Wayne will share all sorts of fascinating Garden lore and also conduct tour of the surrounding historic precinct.

West Point and Boscobel House & Gardens

September 8; 8:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
Meet at NYBG
$135; includes transportation, admissions, guided tours, lunch and gratuities

Explore a part of our nation’s history with a guided tour of the prestigious United States Military Academy. Learn about the story of West Point, its role in the revolution and stories about graduates who shaped our history. The tour includes the Main Cadet Chapel and West Point Cemetery. After our catered lunch, take a short drive to Boscobel House & Gardens. Built in the early 1800s, this is one of the finest examples of federal architecture in the country and contains one of the nation’s leading collections of furniture and decorative arts from the Federal period. Your guided tour will cover the unique architectural details, furniture and decorative arts of the house and the estates fascinating history. Please note that all persons, 17 years of age and older, entering West Point are required to bring a valid government issued photo ID (Driver’s License, DL permit, Passport, High School ID) No photocopies are accepted.  

Arthur Avenue Food & History Tour

September 15; 10 a.m.–1 p.m.
Meet on Arthur Avenue
$85; includes 2-hour walking tour, tastings, and lunch

Bring your appetite as we explore New York’s second “Little Italy”! Join us on a two-hour walking tour through iconic Arthur Avenue, a neighborhood filled with family-owned businesses that have been established for generations. Visit butcher shops, bakeries, and authentic salumerias for a true taste of Italy. Listen to the rich history of the area as we greet store owners, discover what happens behind-the-scenes in a shop kitchen, and take away delicious samples. Stops include a visit to Arthur Avenue Retail Market, Mount Carmel Foods, and other neighborhood favorites. We will complete the experience with lunch at Mario’s Restaurant.

Rose Garden Brunch

September 19, 9:30 a.m.–11:30 a.m.
Meet at NYBG
$55; includes guided walking tour and brunch

Join us for early morning access before the award-winning Peggy Rockefeller Rose Garden is open to the public. Enjoy the garden, designed by landscape architect Beatrix Farrand in 1916, was renovated to showcase more than 4,000 rose plants and over 680 varieties. Your guide, Rose Garden Curator Stephen Scanniello will reveal insights on caring for the garden and the long history that lead to its current glory. The tour concludes with a private brunch in the Lillian and Amy Goldman Stone Mill.

Grand Central Terminal Tour

September 26; 10 a.m.–12 p.m.
Meet at Grand Central Terminal
$50; includes two-hour walking tour of Grand Central

To most New Yorkers, Grand Central Terminal is simply a midpoint stop before getting to work or home, but this historic national landmark has great architectural and cultural significance. Join us on this two-hour walking tour to learn about Grand Central’s remarkable history, stunning Paris-inspired Beaux-Arts design architecture, and its central role in creating midtown Manhattan.

Historic Central Park Tour 

October 24, 10 a.m.–12 p.m. 
Meet at Central Park 
$50; includes two-hour guided tour

For over a century, Central Park has offered refuge and recreation to New Yorkers seeking a haven from a city of brick, steel and, concrete. Today, the 873-acre park welcomes over 40 million visitors each year and is one of the most filmed locations in the world. Your tour will cover highlights of this National Historic Landmark, its extensive history, and foliage in popular areas including the Pond, Mall, Sheep’s Meadow, Bethesda Terrace, Lake, and Ramble.

Fairmount Park Historic Houses

November 30, 7:30 a.m.–6 p.m. 
Meet at NYBG
$135; includes transportation, continental breakfast, lunch, admission, 3 guided tours

Discover the fascinating stories of Strawberry Mansion, Woodford, and Cedar Grove, located in Fairmount Park, Philadelphia. Each house has its own personality and offers a glimpse into the intriguing public and private lives of prominent Philadelphians during the American Revolution. The houses, maintained as historic museums, served as the rural summer villas for well-to-do families during the 18th and early 19th century, and are considered among the most significant architectural examples of their time. Enjoy a guided tour of each house along with lunch at City Tavern, a reconstructed Colonial tavern that dates back to 1773.

Longwood Gardens’ Holiday 

December 8, 9:30 a.m.–8 p.m. 
Meet at NYBG
$145; includes transportation Yuletide luncheon, admission, guided tour

Get a full view of dazzling twinkling lights, beautifully lit fountain performances, and magnificently adorned trees. Delight in the holiday horticulture showcasing more than 6,000 seasonal plants that flourish inside acres of heated glass conservatories. Enjoy this annual holiday event, a day and night of beauty and leisure that includes a delicious gourmet Yuletide luncheon and guided tour.