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Excursion: Brooklyn Botanic Garden and Brooklyn Museum – SOLD OUT

September 17 @ 7:00 am - 9:30 pm

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Leave Wister Center at 7 am; approximate return 9:30 pm

Difficulty level: 5 – this will be a leisurely but long day.

Join fellow Scott Associates on a bus trip to enjoy an art and garden adventure in the trendy Brooklyn area. This leisurely, but lengthy day will begin with a private tour of the beautiful Brooklyn Botanic Garden. Founded more than a century ago, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden (BBG) has come to represent the very best in urban gardening and horticultural display. With highlights like the Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden, Shakespeare Garden, and the Steinhardt Conservatory there is something for every garden enthusiast.

After the tour, we will have lunch together at the Yellow Magnolia Café; known for its modern, vegetable-focused cuisine and lovely views of the Lily Pool Terrace. After lunch, you are free to continue to explore the garden at your own pace or explore other attractions in the area.

Within steps of the BBG is the Brooklyn Museum. This world-class art museum has wonderful and varied collections including art from Asia and the Islamic World, Egypt, Europe, and America. Contemporary art, decorative arts, and a family sculpture garden are also on view at the Brooklyn museum. Stroll the museum at your leisure and get inspired by this local treasure. Another great attraction, which surrounds the BBG, is Prospect Park. Designed and constructed by the same masterminds behind Central Park, Prospect Park has blossomed into a premiere destination for Brooklyn visitors and residents alike. Widely known for its intricate manmade watercourse (wetlands) and its trees, the park is a highly functional green space. Contained within its 526 acres are a zoo, the first urban-area Audubon Center in the nation, an ice rink, a band shell, a carousel, and dozens of athletic and recreational facilities.

Brooklyn is also known for its architecture. Take some time to explore the borough’s oldest neighborhoods and view the most prevalent building type, the rowhouse. This iconic house can take on a seemingly infinite number of architectural styles — from fantastical Queen Anne confections to classic Italianate brownstones. During Education Programs Intern Mandie Curtis Banks’  scouting trip she found that West 8th St and 8th Ave, which begins at Grand Army Plaza and goes through the famous Park Slope area, was a wonderful example of a typical Brooklyn brownstone neighborhood.

End your day with a meal at one of the many excellent restaurants within walking distance of the BBG. A list of researched restaurants will be available and includes everything from a Michelin Star option to an establishment that specializes in desserts and drinks. Bring money for dinner and gift shop purchases; lunch and admission to both BBG and the Museum are included in the price. Limit 30.



Cancellation Policy:

  • The Scott Arboretum retains the right to cancel any program due to lack of enrollment or unforeseen problems.
  • No refunds are available for day bus trips.

 A terrific incentive to become a member! Excursions with the Scott Associates are member benefits; the non-member fee reflects the member cost of the trip plus a $40 one-year Individual Membership.

The level of difficulty listed reflects – on a scale from 1 to 10 (10 being the most challenging) – the level of walking required for the trip. All registered participants must travel with the whole group; no exceptions are made to meet part way or at the destination. All parts of excursion itineraries are for registered participants only. Day trips are non-refundable.


September 17
7:00 am - 9:30 pm
Sold Out
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