I'm a big fan of gardens, and the New York Botanical Garden is one of the most beautiful in the city. I've been a member for about 2 years so make it a point to visit a lot for their special exhibitions, plus it's a pretty amazing place to spend a Summer afternoon.
The theme of this year's Orchid Show was Thailand and the show was giving me major tropical vibes, which were much needed on a rainy, grey NYC day. Thailand is home to over 1,200 species of orchid and is the leading exporter of orchids worldwide. The show was a beautiful celebration of the diversity of the orchid population and incorporated elements and symbols of Thai culture, like elephants made from brush and flowers, seamlessly incorporated into the intricate floral displays.
If you can visit the exhibit and catch one of the Thai dance performances, film screenings, and orchid care sessions that happen while the exhibit is on display. And make sure to stop in the gift shop! They have an amazing assortment of luxe hand creams and skin care products, unique sauces, spice blends, teas, and chocolates, and during the Orchid Show, a massive collection of exotic orchids all up for sale.
Check out the membership packages as well! Since the regular entrance is $25, but individual membership is only $85 for the year, it's well worth!