Many of the big cities in the United States are home to beautiful botanical gardens. These urban oases offer city dwellers a place to sneak away to in order to experience a slice of nature inside the blacktop jungle. Here are a few of our favorite spots to enjoy a respite from the hustle and bustle of city life.
New York Botanical Garden: New York
Though many New Yorkers will tell you that Central Park is the best spot to relax and enjoy a summer afternoon, there is nothing quite like a day at the New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx. With more than 250 acres, 50 gardens and a wide array of plant species, this urban oasis is unlike anything else that you will find in the city. The Garden is also home to America’s largest Victorian-era glasshouse at the Haupt Conservatory. Inside the location, guests have the opportunity to explore everything from desert landscapes to tropical settings. Here they can also visit the world’s largest collection of indoor palm trees. Not only is it a beautiful spot to visit, but it also offers a variety of educational opportunities each year for students in and around New York City.
Washington Park Arboretum: Seattle
Located between Lake Washington and I-5, this 230-acre park is a visual masterpiece worth experiencing. The scenic drive that leads to the park’s entrance is lined with beautiful blooming trees each spring and fall. The City owns the land and University of Washington owns all of the trees and plant collection, making the location a beautiful representation of a perfect partnership. The Japanese Garden, considered by many to be the crown jewel of the site, is located at the south end of the Arboretum and has an entrance fee to visit the grounds. The rest of the site is open to the public at no charge.
Fort Worth Botanical Garden: Fort Worth
Fort Worth, Texas is known by many to be home to one of the best zoos in the nation, as well as one of the oldest botanical gardens. The 100-acre property is home to 22 separate gardens and 2,500 species of plants. It has a beautiful koi pool, a number of waterfalls, and a large Japanese garden that is popular with visitors. Parking throughout the garden is free and available on a first come basis.