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Dress in layers,it can be warm inside.
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No need to bring any food or drink
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jessak
Mta-north drops you off right across the street
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It can be hot inside! My 3-year old shed four layers!
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Ronnie
Go before the sun goes down because the displays get a bit dim when it is dark outside.
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Try to go on off hours that school groups would not be in attendance.
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4.6 average rating
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3 events
2 reviews
9 stars
attended Dec 18 2008

It was a very beautiful show except we thought there would be more trains. We where disappointed that it was not a larger display.

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59 events
17 reviews
16 stars
attended Jan 07 2011

It was an amazing display of trains and landmarks! Rather worth traveling through a snowstorm for!

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Jean Cain Red Velvet
10 events
9 reviews
5 stars
attended Nov 22 2013

As usual I had a great time at the New York Botanical Garden Holiday Train Show! The trains were really fantastic as well as the artistry that went into the building of... continued

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Website

http://www.nybg.org/hts

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

Description

The Landmarks 

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. 

The Trains 

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. 

Holiday Guides 

Daily, 10:00am–4:00pm 

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.