2900 Southern Boulevard, Bronx, NY 10458
(718) 817 - 5700
New York Botanical Garden, Holiday Train Show
DescriptionThis year's Holiday Train Show is located in a pavillion adjacent to the Haupt Conservatory, which is being restored.
Street-level, double doors lead to the large lobby, where visitors line up to enter the exhibit. Tickets are timed.
Floors are smooth. There is ample space throughout the exhibit.
There are no restrooms in this venue. Restrooms can be found in the Conservatory, or near the Garden Shop.
Find details about parking, etc. at "New York Botanical Garaden" listing
- Doors: street-level, double doors
Number of floors: one
Steps and staircases: none
Width of aisles: aisles are wide
Places to sit: no seats
Location of restrooms: in Conservatory and building next to Garden Shop
Type of restroom: multi-stall, with large, handicapped-stall and baby-changing station
Ease of entry and exit: ok
Baby changing station: yes
Available food services: no food services in the pavilion
Friendliness of staff: everyone was exceedingly pleasant, well-informed, and helpful
Notes: check listing for NYBG for parking information
This is the 28th year of the NYBG Holiday Train Show. Usually held in the beautiful Haupt Conservatory, this year it is being held in a pavillion adjacent to the Conservatory. Why, you may ask, as we did? Because the Conservatory is being retored.
The pavillion is easily accessible. Street-level, double doors took us into the large lobby. We were here on a weekday morning and it was quite empty. Based on the size of the waiting area, we thought it must be much busier on weekends, holidays, etc. Talking to one of the “engineers” our thinking was confirmed! Very, very busy at other times. So…. if you can, come during the week.
Small groups were let in at a time. Before getting to the exhbit itself, we were treated to a short video about what goes into this production.
When the doors opened, we were inside this Winter Wonderland of New York. More than 150 New York landmarks are re-created with natural materials, such as birchbark, acorns, and cinnamon sticks, to name a few. This year Central Park is showcased. Besides Central Park, we found the Empire State Building, NY Public Library, Chrysler Building, Penn Station, Macy’s, Yankee Stadium, several bridges and The Statue of LIberty. Each one is crafted with incredible detail! With all of this I almost forgot about the trains. Almost 1/2 mile of tracks wind through the neighborhoods with model trains passing by. Some are up, some are down. I can only describe the model trains as a lovely, unifying effect that had the kids we saw, mesmerized.
Navigating was easy. The aisles are wide and, as we said, it was not very crowded. We were able to walk about easily, take photos without disturbing others, and take as long as we liked at each area. It was wondertful!
Take note that there are no restrooms in this venue. You might want to visit a restroom before going in.. The closest restrooms are in the Conservatory (it is still open). There are also restrooms in the building next to the Garden Shop (near the main entrance).
As always, we at Destination Accessible, advise you to check a venue’s website, www.nybg.org, when planning a visit, to “know before you go.”