New York City is essentially a list of "must dos" and the winter/holiday activities and events are no exception. Take, for instance, the New York Botanical Garden. It is one of the most beautiful places in New York, if not in the U.S. During the winter it becomes even more ethereal in its beauty and more ambitious in its creativity. If you haven't visited the NYBG during the holidays and taken part in the awesomeness that is the holiday train show then you've been missing out on something truly spectacular.
First off, to clarify, the event features G scale model trains chugging around over 140 iconic New York City landmarks, all of which have been created from natural materials including leaves, pine cones, tree bark, fruit and nuts. All of it is indoors, you'll be happy to note, in the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory. included with your ticket is a trip to the Everett Children's Adventure Garden where kids can learn about the ingredients in gingerbread cookies and participate in a related craft or activity. And, if that doesn't exhaust you and the kiddo, don't forget there are 250 acres of beautiful and at this time holiday-decorated grounds to explore.
We're sure there are some of you out there who have yet to grace the NYBG--it's too far, the train ride is too long, you have your own botanical garden, etc. Yes, we've heard it all. But, the truth is, if you have not been to NYBG and you haven't yet seen the holiday train show, you've been giving yourself a lump of coal each holiday season instead of the present you deserve!
New York Botanical Garden