North of the Bronx Zoo in Bronx Park is the New York Botanical Garden. The easiest way to get there is by car which would also let you see the Bronx Zoo and eat out at Arthur Avenue. If you don’t have access to a car (like a good chunk of NYC residents) your next best bet is the Harlem Line of Metro North which will drop you off across the street from the gardens (unlike the subway which drops you off 8 blocks away…in the Bronx, which means it’s about a 20 minute walk).
I went to the gardens back in April in what should have been the peak of the Cherry Blossom season but, due to an extremely mild winter, was actually the tail end of the season.
Following Azalea Way, you reach a bridge that will take you past the Stone Mill and into the lilac area and the Rose Garden (a section that wasn’t open while I was there as April is too early in the year for roses).
At the Howell Family Garden there is a massive creature of flowers:
At the Haupt Conservatory, among the various regional plants was the Orchid Show. There are also many odd looking plants throughout the conservatory.
As you leave the conservatory you get this nice view:
As is true with many cultural areas around the city, they are facing funding issues. If you would like to support the New York Botanical Garden, you should visit here.
Next up: A walk downtown by the South Street Seaport.