5 Free Gardens to Enjoy in New York City


Despite being known for traffic, crowds, and a never-ending sense of urgency, it is indeed possible to find your zen amidst New York City chaos. No, it doesn't require spending the day enclosed in an overpriced wellness pod. Here are five public gardens throughout New York City that are both beautiful and free.

Ford Foundation Atrium
E 43rd Street, Manhattan

Completed in 1967 and enclosed in glass to create an ideal environment for the atrium's subtropical climate, this hidden garden is unknown to tourists and local New Yorkers. Enjoy the lush foliage and tranquil pond for free during the week from 10 am - 4 pm.

Queen Elizabeth II September 11th Garden
Hanover Square, Manhattan

Created in memory of British and Commonwealth individuals who tragically lost their lives on September 11, 2001, the free-entry garden was founded by the British Consulate and St. George's Society and offers English-style topiaries with benches, a fountain, and paving stones imported from England.

Bartow-Pell Historic Mansion and Gardens
Pelham Bay Park, The Bronx

For a serene getaway, indulge in flowering landscapes and gardens at the Bartow-Pell Historic Mansion. Just a 10 minute bus ride from the 6 train subway station, this historic 19-century estate opens their gardens and grounds to the public for free from 8:30 am to dusk.

The Gardens at St. Luke in the Fields
487 Hudson Street, Manhattan

If you are looking for a garden retreat amidst this concrete jungle, The Gardens at St. Luke is the perfect location. Prohibiting cell phone conversations, alcohol, smoking, and pets, The Gardens offer an ideal sanctuary for meditation and lunch. Closed on holidays, you can access The Gardens for free from 8 am - dusk, and 5 pm on Sundays.

Curtis "50 Cent" Community Garden
Jamaica, Queens

As part of the New York Restoration Project, rapper 50 Cent teamed up with performer and NYRP founder, Bette Midler to create a well-designed community green space.The free family-friendly garden getaway offers a learning space, relaxing patio, and vegetable plots.

Olivia Christine is a Travel Writer and native New Yorker from the South Bronx. No, she doesn't know J.Lo personally. Yes, she has her driver license.