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.


Staatsburgh State Historic Site & Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt
April 5, 8 a.m.–6 p.m.
Meet at NYBG
$135; includes continental breakfast, transportation, admissions, guided tour, lunch, and gratuities

Start the day with a tour of the newly renovated Staatsburgh State Historic Site, an elegant country home of Ogden Mills and his wife Ruth Livingston Mills. The lavish Beaux-Arts mansion is a fine example of a great estate built by America’s financial and industrial leaders during the Gilded Age (1876 – 1917). Then take a pay a visit to The Culinary Institute of America, the world’s oldest culinary school, to enjoy a gourmet lunch at American Bounty restaurant. Conclude the day by experiencing an era of wealth and privilege at “Springwood,” the historic estate and lifelong home of Franklin D. Roosevelt. Enjoy a guided walking tour of his home, a self-guided tour of the Museum on the 300-acre site.

Newport, RI – Three-Day Escape
April 13–April 15, 2018
Early Bird Rates
Double: $860 per person
Single: $1,085 per person

Join us this spring on a breathtaking getaway to Newport, Rhode Island. This three day adventure will explore historical and extravagant mansions and landscapes of the Gilded Age—with transportation, hotel accommodations, and most meals provided. Discover highlights of this wonderful weekend below.

Your Trip Includes:

  • Charter bus transportation
  • Admission to The Elms, Marble House, The Breakers, Trolley Tour, and Rough Point
  • 3 Breakfasts
  • 2 Lunches
  • 1 Dinner
  • Two-nights at Newport Marriot
  • All taxes, gratuities, porter, and service fees

Book Now and Save! Early Bird Savings are guaranteed until Wednesday, January 31, 2018. Prices increases $100 on February 1, 2018. A deposit is due immediately at booking and payment plans are available. For more information or to make a reservation please e-mail or call 718.817.8703. When reserving for this trip you agree to our Overnight Tours Member Trip Reservation Conditions and Cancellation Policy.

Native Plant Garden Luncheon
Friday, April 27; 11 a.m.–2 p.m.
Meet at NYBG
$55, includes guided walking tour and lunch

This 3.5-acre garden celebrates nearly 100,000 native trees, shrubs, wildflowers, ferns, and grasses planted in a contemporary design that harmonizes with the natural landscape. Michael Hagen, Curator of the Native Plant Garden will give you a guided tour through the lush meadows to learn more about the plant life. After the tour, Members will enjoy a tasty private buffet lunch in the Lillian and Amy Goldman Stone Mill.

Arthur Avenue Walking Food Tour (two dates)   
April 27 or June 1, 10 a.m.–2 p.m.
Meet at Arthur Avenue
$85, includes 2-hour 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. We will complete the experience with a delicious private lunch at a local restaurant.

Historic Central Park Tour
May 3 or June 29, 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.

Azalea Garden Luncheon
May 11, 11 a.m.–2 p.m.
Meet at the Azalea Garden
$55, includes gourmet private lunch and behind-the-scenes guided tour

Todd Forest, Arthur Ross VP for Horticulture and Living Collections and Deanna Curtis, Curator of Woody Plants and Landscape Project Manager will guide Members through the Azalea Garden, providing extensive details on the landscape design and planting of this 11-acre spectacle. Alongside the azaleas and rhododendrons, you’ll find a diverse assortment of flowering trees and shrubs, woodland perennials, bulbs, ferns, and grasses. This tour will take place during the spring azaleas’ bloom, so be sure to bring your cameras! After your guided tour, enjoy a delightful private buffet lunch in the Lillian and Amy Goldman Stone Mill.

Caramoor & John Jay Homestead
May 30, 9:30 a.m.–6 p.m.
Meet at NYBG
$135; includes transportation, admissions, guided tours, lunch, and gratuities

Enjoy a day amid Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts architecture and sprawling grounds with the dance and song of Spain, bursting with passion, color, and rhythm. Enjoy a 45-minute concert, followed by a tour of the Mediterranean-style Rosen House and its collection of fine and decorative art, before you sit down to a buffet lunch inspired by Spanish cuisine. Then, take a quick trip to the nearby John Jay Homestead, the gracious home and farm of John Jay (1745-1829), one of America’s principal Founding Fathers. The recently restored historic house reflects its appearance during John Jay’s lifetime. Well over 50% of the furnishings are original to John Jay and his family.

Grand Central Terminal Tour   
June 8; 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.

Rose Garden Brunch
June 15 or June 29; 9:30–11:30 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. The garden, designed by landscape architect Beatrix Farrand in 1916, showcase more than 650 varieties of roses. Your guide, Rose Garden Curator Stephen Scanniello will reveal insights on caring for the garden and its long history. The tour concludes with a private brunch buffet in the Lillian and Amy Goldman Stone Mill.