Couple walking in Home Gardening Center with small purple flowers

Member Trips, Luncheons, and Walking Tours

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

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 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 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.