Model Railroads, Scale Replicas and More in the New York Botanical Garden Holiday Train Show
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- Tue, Dec 10 10:00am - 6:00pm Check Availability $5.00 - $14.00
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Reviews & Ratings
Featured review from jessak
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I really enjoyed my trip to the Botanical Garden! The train show was very cool... It was mindblowing to see all the intricate details put into each building, bridge, landmark, etc. I can't believe how all of it was made!
The ticket also includes access to other areas of the park, such as Gingerbread Adventures, which provides a lot of extra things to do and see for the kids.
I even took this trip by myself and I'm glad I got to see everything, but would've been a little more fun with a friend. All in all a very enjoyable event & I recommend it 100%! :D
Quotes & Highlights
- Called "one of New York City's best holiday gifts to itself" and a chance to "see the city anew" by The New York Times
The enchanting setting of the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory showcases more than 140 scaled iconic buildings and structures under thousands of twinkling lights. Artistically crafted by Paul Busse's team at Applied Imagination, the landmarks are made of natural materials such as bark, twigs, stems, fruits, seeds, and pine cones and include the original Penn Station and Yankee Stadium, Radio City Music Hall, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, The New York Public Library on 42nd Street, and the Brooklyn Bridge.
Large scale model trains cover a wide variety of ground—a quarter-mile of track, to be specific. Late-1800s American steam engines and streetcars travel alongside modern freight and high-speed passenger trains and trolleys. Cable cars travel over the Conservatory’s reflecting pool. Even Thomas the Tank Engine™ joins the fleets, which traverse across rustic bridges, along overhead trestles, through tunnels, and past waterfalls that cascade into flowing creeks.
New Holiday Adventures
Open all day for exploration
Guided Activities: Weekdays, 1:30pm–5:30pm
In the Everett Children's Adventure Garden
Calling all adventurers! Would you like to build a skyscraper out of plant parts? Join us in the Everett Children's Adventure Garden as we construct buildings—just like those in the Holiday Train Show—made from stems, seeds, and leaves. Help us turn our botanical bits into structures with hands-on engineering activities for kids.
In the Conservatory
Learn more about the exhibition and model trains from our knowledgeable guides who will show up-close samples of the plant parts used to make buildings, reveal behind-the-scenes images of the show's installation, and share other special insights.
Poetry for Every Season: Holiday Poetry Walk
Co-presented with the Poetry Society of America
Stroll through the Leon Levy Visitor Center and Perennial Garden Way to read train-inspired poems by former U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins. Poetry will be displayed in the landscape and will be accompanied by a free cell phone audio tour.
*Strollers cannot be taken into the conservatory.
About the Ticket Supplier: The New York Botanical Garden
The New York Botanical Garden is a museum of plants, an educational institution, and a scientific research organization. Founded in 1891 and now a National Historic Landmark, it is one of the greatest botanical gardens in the world and the largest in any city in the United States, distinguished by the beauty of its diverse landscape and extensive collections and gardens, as well as by the scope and excellence of its programs in horticulture, education, and science.
The Botanical Garden's curated living collections contain more than 1 million plants; its Continuing Education program is the largest and most diverse of any botanical garden in the world; its Children's Education program has been a pioneer in innovative, informal science discovery facilities and activities; and its scientific research on plants and fungi is unmatched in scope, depth, and authority.
The Garden offers a sweeping 250-acre landscape, 50 curated display gardens, an expansive 50-acre native Forest, and a wealth of programs, exhibitions, and activities for visitors to enjoy. The grounds display masterpieces, some dating to the 1840s, by many of the nation's most accomplished architects and designers, both past and contemporary. The Botanical Garden's innovative programs, unparalleled resources, and talented staff are rivaled by few and exceeded by none.