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Botanical gardens, zoo and aquarium in New York City: free days guide

As I always say – and most of you should know – New York is not a cheap city. Saving money during your time here is always good, right? I always say that for spend a lot or spend less depends on planning! The city has a lot of cool and free programs – including tourist attractions such as the museums. I’ve done a post on the blog with  days and times that many museums have free entry – just click here to check. Today, this guide provides information about free admission to botanical gardens, zoo and aquarium.
New York Botanical Garden – Botanical Garden is a different tour option in town. Obviously, I believe it is better to visit the place during the the spring in order to see all the beauty of the gardens with roses, tulips and azaleas. The area is extensive and has thousands of species, in addition to periodic exhibitions. A little train gives you a general tour around the garden – which helps to give you a view of the place size. Botanical Garden is located in the Bronx and you get there using 4 train. For those who want to see more details, has post and video here.
Free admission all day on Wednesdays and from 9am to 10am on Saturdays.
You save:  $20 to $25.
Address: 2900 Southern Blvd.
Brooklyn Botanical Garden – the place is famous for its Cherry blosson collection, blooming in early April and making the place crowded . There are so many that makes a kind of tunnel. But, okay. Brooklyn Botanical Garden is not just about Cherry Blosson. There are more than 12,000 species, an annex space to Prospect Park (such as the Central Park of Brooklyn), with lots of green space and beautiful flowers. One highlight is a Bonsai museum. Tulip gardens is also amazing, beyond the rose garden. There is also the Japanese Garden. It is lovely walk around the lake, passing beneath the flowering trees and feeling the cool breeze. Honestly, you can spend a entire day at Brooklyn Botanical Gardens without realizing. I wrote a post about it here on the blog and also recorded a video, you check it here.
Free admission on Fridays until noon (except when there are special events).
You save: $ 15.
Address: 990 Washington Ave.
Queens Botanical Garden – yes, New York City has another Botanical Garden, which is located in Queens! The place has more than 60 years and has themed gardens, historic plantations, native species and sustainable landscapes. More than 20 gardens! It is nice to check Fragrance Walk, which features a collection of plants that are especially fragrant during the growing season. The essential oils found in flowers, leaves, seeds, bark and roots of these plants provide a remarkable fragrance.
Free admission on Wednesdays, from 15 to 18 pm and on Sundays from 16 to 18h. From November to March, free admission every day (Tuesday to Sunday).
You save: $ 4.
Address: 43-50 Main Street, Flushing.
Bronx Zoo – Forget Central Park Zoo – everyone I’ve heard that there was there was disappointed because the place is small. The best zoo in New York is in the Bronx. It is among the largest metropolitan zoos in the world, and is one of the largest in North America, with about 6,000 animals representing nearly 650 species from around the world. 4 D theater, butterfly garden and special area for children are just some of the special attractions of the place.
Pay what you wish on Wednesdays, throughout the day.
You save: $ 30.
Address: 2300 Southern Blvd.
New York Aquarium – what you think about enjoy your trip to Coney Island, the Brooklyn beach, and check this place? New York Aquarium has sharks, fishes, turtles and more. It also has a special room for presentations. During the summer, runs from 10 to 18.
Pay what you wish on Wednesdays from 3pm.
You save at least $12.
Address: 602 Surf Ave, Brooklyn.
Wave Hill – this is a garden and cultural center, located in the Bronx, with amazing views of the Hudson River. There are a variety of gardens – more than ten, including a conservatory and old houses, one dated from 1843. One of these houses is an art gallery, which has regular exhibitions. No doubt, a place that mixes art and nature – a must-see and different program in the jungle of stones that is New York.
Free admission on Tuesdays and Saturdays from 9 to noon.
You save: $ 8.
Address: W 249th St.

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