The New York Botanical Garden follows CDC and New York State guidelines for the safety of visitors and staff. We have implemented more frequent cleaning and disinfecting of all areas, social distancing, staff health checks, and anyone who is feeling sick or symptomatic is asked to stay home. Visitors are required to wear face coverings, regardless of vaccination status:
- In parking lots, and when entering or exiting the Garden
- Indoors and on the tram
- While waiting in line or interacting with staff
- In high density areas where it may be difficult to maintain six feet of distance
- When participating in NYBG programs
We reserve the right to request that visitors who do not follow our guidelines leave the premises.
An inherent risk of exposure to the coronavirus (COVID-19) exists in any public space where people are present. People visiting The New York Botanical Garden do so at their own risk as to such exposure as well as other risks inherent to outdoor public spaces. We will continue to monitor state and city guidelines to inform the Garden’s operations.
The Garden’s 250-acre grounds are open to explore. All visitors can enjoy access to KUSAMA: Cosmic Nature outdoor installations across the grounds, plus seasonal highlights including the Rockefeller Rose Garden, Chilton Azalea Garden, Native Plant Garden, Perennial Garden, Everett Children’s Adventure Garden, Rock Garden, and most other outdoor collections and trails.
NYBG Shop, the Pine Tree Café, Hudson Garden Grill, and restrooms are also open.
Visitors with KUSAMA Garden & Gallery Pass tickets have access to all KUSAMA: Cosmic Nature outdoor installations across the grounds and access to the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory, installations inside LuEsther T. Mertz Library Building and Ross Gallery, as well as interior access to Flower Obsession (2017/2021) obliteration greenhouse and Pumpkins Screaming About Love Beyond Infinity (2017) in the Visitor Center Gallery, plus the Tram Tour, and Garden features including the Everett Children’s Adventure Garden and outdoor collections.
The Garden is open Tuesday through Sunday, and closed Mondays (except Monday federal holidays like Memorial Day and Labor Day), Thanksgiving, and Christmas. View the Garden’s hours.
The Garden is located at Bronx River Parkway and Fordham Road in the Bronx, and is easy to reach by car, subway, bus, and Metro-North. Get directions.
Admission price varies by age and date. View the ticket prices for your day of visit.
Most of the Garden consists of outdoor spaces. The Garden’s 250 acres are open in all weather conditions. Dress for the weather and wear comfortable attire for exploration. Water fountains and bottle refill stations are available to visitors. Water and other refreshments are also available at the Pine Tree Café.
The Garden does not have coat-check facilities and certain items are prohibited in various indoor spaces. The Garden reserves the right to inspect all bags. Tripods, monopods, easels, selfie sticks, and lighting equipment, as well as food and beverages are not permitted in the Conservatory, Art Gallery, and Ross Hall. Additional restrictions will apply from time to time in order to ensure the safety of our visitors and collections. Please plan accordingly.
The Garden, its buildings, and its tour vehicles are accessible to people with disabilities, with the exception of a few areas where the terrain is naturally uneven. Manual wheelchairs are available to borrow free of charge on a first-come, first-served basis at the Leon Levy Visitor Center and Mosholu Entrance. Reservations are not accepted and an ID must be left with Visitor Services for the loan. Visitors are encouraged to bring their own mobility devices and review the Garden map to plan their visit. Learn more about accessibility and read our Service Animal Policy here.
The Accessibility Map is available at the Garden or can be downloaded here.
If you have left something behind at the Garden, contact the Security Office at 718.817.8664. Items that are not claimed after 60 days are donated to charity.
Garden facilities can be rented for weddings and parties. Get more information on event planning.
Birthday parties can be scheduled through our Group Tours office. Call 718.817.8687 for more information.
- Tripods, monopods, easels, selfie sticks, and lighting equipment, as well as food and beverages are not permitted in the Conservatory, Art Gallery, and Ross Hall. Additional restrictions will apply from time to time in order to ensure the safety of our visitors and collections.
- Drone use is prohibited on the Garden grounds and may not fly over NYBG property.
- During your visit you may be videotaped, photographed, or recorded by NYBG or its agents. Your admission serves as your permission for use of your image by these parties.
- Outdoor photography for personal use (not including wedding, engagement, anniversary, quinceañera, sweet sixteen, maternity, blog, or staged/group photography) is allowed, but you must stay on the paths and not disturb the plants and collections.
- In the Conservatory, photography is permitted with hand-held cameras only. During some exhibitions, photography may be restricted or limited to alleviate crowding and protect the plants.
- Photography is not permitted in the Art Gallery.
- Multiple changes of clothes for personal use photo or film shoots are not permitted unless you have received permission through a Special Occassion Photography Permit.
- Commercial photography or filming is prohibited without the express written permission of NYBG’s Marketing & Communications department. For information, visit Photo/Film Shoots and fill out a permit request form pertaining to your specific project. Alternatively, you may contact us at 718.817.8942 or via e-mail.
- Media representatives wishing to take pictures should contact the Public Relations department at 718.817.8616 or via e-mail and provide appropriate details to help the PR staff facilitate the assignment.