The Brooklyn Botanic Garden is offering pay-as-you-wish admission on weekdays to all visitors beginning this December and lasting through February, 2024.
Full price ticket purchases will still be necessary on weekends (at $18/each), but you can enjoy the wintry grounds for whatever cost you’d like from Tuesday through Friday (they’re closed Mondays), 10a.m. until 3:30p.m.!
Here’s the exact breakdown for the winter:
- Tuesday–Sunday: 10a.m. – 3:30p.m. (last entry 3p.m.)
- Closed Mondays
- Lightscape runs on select evenings through January 1, 2024 (more info here)
Some outdoor areas may be inaccessible while Lightscape is installed (Last year’s closures were as follows: Specialty gardens, including the Conservatory, Discovery Garden, Rose Garden, and portions of the Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden and Native Flora Garden began to close 30 minutes before closing time. Also, Cherry Esplanade and various other areas were inaccessible during the run of Lightscape.)
The Brooklyn Botanic Garden also offers free community tickets available every day, up to 20 percent of their total capacity for the day, for individuals facing financial hardship. You can reserve them on their website here.
While you may not think there would be much to see during the winter, you’re mistaken! After snowfall the garden’s pruned evergreen trees and the lantern on Turtle Island look gorgeous blanketed in snow, and a pair of hawks, cardinals, and sometimes koi can be seen hunting and foraging for seeds.
Or, simply take yourself on a tour to discover what plant life is thriving at this time of year, including witch-hazel and hellebore flowers, crabapples, hollies, and more!
Pay-as-you-wish winter admission at Brooklyn Botanic Garden will run through the end of February.
Also published on Medium.