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NY Botanical Garden Train Show

After many years livng in New York, it's easy to fall into a pattern; going to the same bars, same restaurants and doing the same things. But then all of a sudden, you realize that you're not taking advantage of the city that you spend so much money to be in. I decided that I was going to make an effort again! To see and experinence new things. While I was still in the "gung-ho" phase, I decided that I would venture all the way to the Bronx to see the Train Show at the New York Botanical Garden.

NY Botanical Garden Train Show NY Botanical Garden Train Show

Two trains and one bus later, we arrived! Upon arrival, despite the massive amounts of people and children, you felt transported to another world, stilt walkers dressed as train workers and fabulously festive conductors (complete with train shoulder pads!) Excitement was building, and finally, we were allowed in the greenhouse. The exhibit was packed, children and adults admiring the intricate NY houses and monuments. First thing that you noticed were the replicas of the iconic New York bridges overhead.

NY Botanical Garden Train Show JFK NY Botanical Garden Train Show Guggenheim

I loved seeing how they portrayed some of New York's iconic buildings; the Guggenheim and JFK were particularly unusual and spectacular. Many of the buildings, including the old Vanderbilt mansion, had been torn demolished. It was so sad to think of all the beautiful buildings being replaced by ugly skyscrapers.

NY Botanical Garden Train Show NY Botanical Garden Train Show

Overall, the train show was very impressive. I would recommend not going on a Saturday afternoon, if you can avoid it. There is also a great holiday food court with sandwiches and soups from Chelsea Kitchen. The NY Botanical Garden complex is HUGE! There is even a tram to take you around it all. Given that it was winter, we skipped the tram, but we DID enjoy the Flora Illustrata, an exhibit featuring beautiful illustrations of flowers dating hundreds of years. The gift shop at the Botanical Garden is also great and has a vast collection of books about everything plant and garden. Because we went around Christmas, there were carolers, ice sculptures and beautifully light up Christmas trees. Definitely well worth the trip! 

Want to see more photos of the train show? See the full album on our Flickr page!


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