I do love the New York Botanical Garden. After our first visit, last year, we were so impressed that we decided to become members, and now we go every few months. Yesterday's visit saw a riot of colour in the Azalea Garden, while the Littleboys delighted in picking up nature field notebooks in the Children's Garden and marking off different colours of bird.
For anyone visiting New York with kids, I would definitely recommend it; they always have fabulous activities for children, themed around the time of year. You can also take a picnic, to avoid spending a fortune in the cafe, although you usually can make up for that by buying some of the gorgeous things they sell in the gift shop. One of the most fun things about it is that you're right in the middle of the Bronx, yet you're in this oasis of calm, green, beauty, with majestic old trees, birdsong and ponds. Only the distant roar of cars reminds you of the location in the heart of urban New York. Their next big event will be a recreation of 'Monet's Garden'. Can't wait.