1. Older than the official City of New York (consolidated in 1898), The New York Botanical Garden is a National Historical Landmark and several of its buildings are New York City Landmarks. Aside from the magnificent 250 acres of flora, it also houses the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory, a greenhouse and the LuEstherT. Mertz Library.
The Haupt Conservatory
2. The garden tried to be free for a long time but suffered from serious neglect due to lack of finances. It literally took from the 1950's to 1994 for the garden to recover financially and then, physically. So, admission is charged.
3. The site of thousands of school trips, as well a a major tourist attraction, the garden is large enough to have trams to chauffeur you around, but that is subject to safety and security concerns. However, you can get a map to help you navigate and there will be signs to guide you. The website has an interactive map so that you can get acquainted with the layout.
4. For as long as you are there, you will actually forget that you are in the largest metropolitan area in the world. Lose yourself in places like the Thain Family Forest on several trails. Your inner self will thank you.
Hiking through the Garden
5. Locals might want to consider a membership, especially during times when reservations are limited. And, since the garden is open year round, it is a perfect place the see the four seasons in all their glory.
6. Another reason to consider a membership is the exhibits that are on display for limited times.
2012's replica of Monet's Gardens
2018: Georgia O'Keefe exhibit
7. If you can tear yourself away, the Bronx Zoo is literally next door, down Southern Boulevard. Both attractions are certainly full day events, but you can try to see them on one day. Good luck!
8. Although the Bronx is notoriously difficult to navigate to those not from that borough, the garden is one of the easiest places to get to: Metro-North from Manhattan's Grand Central Terminal will get you directly across the street from the Moshulu Entrance. Just make sure you exit the same way for the return trip.
9. There are plenty of amenities (subject to safety and security concerns): cafes, restrooms and a gift shop with gardening souvenirs since you will come back inspired after your tour.
10. Check the website often for special events. A fun one is the annual Holiday Train Show featuring landscapes of NY landmarks built from natural materials.