Couple walking in Home Gardening Center with small purple flowers

Member Trips, Luncheons, and Walking Tours

Space is limited and reservations are on a first-come, first-served basis. Please review the description for specific inclusions. 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.

Bronx River Luncheon
Sold out — Wait list available
Friday, September 13; 11 a.m.–2 p.m.
Meet at NYBG
$55; includes guided walking tour and lunch

Embark on this walking tour through our 50-acre Forest and discover the history and ecology of the Bronx River, the only fresh water river in New York City. Learn how the river served as a boundary for Native Americans and its importance in industry including the period surrounding the American Revolution and the prominent Lorillard family. Conclude the tour with a private buffet lunch at the historic Lillian and Amy Goldman Stone Mill.

Grey Towers National Historic Site
Sold out — Wait list available
Wednesday, September 25; 9:30 a.m.–6:30 p.m.
Meet at NYBG
$140; includes transportation, guided tour, and lunch

Journey to historic Milford, PA to enjoy a day of exceptional architecture and history. We will begin at Hotel Fauchère, an Italianate-style building that opened in 1880. Enjoy a three-course lunch in their famed Delmonico Room, which is adorned with paintings from the Hudson River School. Then, we will venture to Grey Towers National Historic Site. Built in 1886, Grey Towers was the summer home of Gifford Pinchot, who established and served as the first Chief of the US Forest Service. Enjoy a tour of the mansion, as well as highlights of the surrounding landscape.

The Cloisters
Friday, October 4; 12:30–4 p.m.
Meet at the New Leaf Restaurant
$120; includes lunch, admission, and guided tour 

Enjoy a three-course lunch at the New Leaf Restaurant, a beautifully restored 1930s stone cottage located in Fort Tryon Park. After lunch, take a brief walk through the park to arrive at The Cloisters for a guided tour of their medieval European collection and the enclosed garden. Please note that Fort Tryon Park has unpaved walkways and steps, and the walking distance between the two locations is approximately 0.3 miles. Limited complimentary parking is available within the park—public transportation recommended. 

Arthur Avenue Food & History Tour
Sold out — Wait list available
Friday, October 18; 10 a.m.–2 p.m.
Meet at 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 established for generations. Visit butcher shops, bakeries, and authentic salumerias for a true taste of Italy. We will complete the experience with lunch at a local restaurant. 

West Point and Boscobel House & Gardens
Wednesday, October 30; 9:30 a.m.–6 p.m.
Meet at NYBG
$140; includes transportation, admission, guided tours, and lunch

Explore a part of our nation’s history with a guided tour of the prestigious West Point United States Military Academy. Learn about the origins of West Point, its role in the American Revolution, and stories of graduates who shaped American history. After a three-course lunch at the landmark Thayer Hotel, take a short ride to Boscobel House & Gardens. Built in the early 1800s, it is one of the finest examples of Federal-style architecture and holds an excellent collection of decorative arts and furniture. 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). No photocopies are accepted. 

Thain Family Forest Luncheon
Sold out — Wait list available
Friday, November 1; 11 a.m.–2 p.m.
Meet at NYBG
$55; includes guided walking tour and lunch

Tour through the Thain Family Forest during fall foliage season with the staff that maintains the beautiful 50-acre old-growth Forest. Learn about the various trees, history, geology, and ecology of this original, uncut woodland. After the tour, take a short walk to the historic Lillian and Amy Goldman Stone Mill for a private lunch. During lunch, your tour guides will be on hand to answer your questions regarding the forest and its history.

Longwood Gardens Holiday
Friday, December 6; 8:30 a.m.–8:30 p.m.
Meet at NYBG
$160; includes transportation, continental breakfast, admission, guided tour, and lunch

Poinsettias, magnificent trees, and fragrant flowers transform a heated glass conservatory into a holiday wonderland. In the gardens, colorful fountains dance to festive music, strolling carolers herald the season with song, and a late afternoon viewing of half a million twinkling lights delights the senses. Enjoy this annual holiday event, a day of beauty and leisure that includes a guided tour and lunch at the garden’s public cafe.