Buffalo Erie County Botanical Gardens Winter Escape

The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens has filled their latest exhibit with specialty nights and themed weeks that that will create unforgettable memories for all ages. Whether it’s a family activity or a date night, the exotic plants, lights, and enchanting environment will make for a perfect tropical escape from the brisk Buffalo weather. 

Gardens After Dark: Enchanted Winter Escape opened January 20 and will continue on January 27-30, February 2-6, 9, and 10 from 5:30-9pm and be open again on February 14-27, March 2-6 and 9-12 from 6pm-9:30pm. The Botanical Gardens and the plant collection will be highlighted with soft, colorful lighting to enhance the shapes, sizes, textures and colors of all the plants and the larger-than-life glass conservatory. Visitors will enjoy this Enchanted Winter Escape as light bounces off the glass and onto the plants, rocks glow through the desert and twinkling light installations create a new, magical world. Specialty theme weeks and specialty nights will be happening throughout this run of Gardens After Dark, so be sure to see what’s happening before purchasing ticket.

Love Week will return for another romantic and beautiful time to share with your valentine, a family member or a friend! Kicking off Love Week on Saturday, February 19 will be a brand-new progressive dinner experience called Courses in the Conservatory. Courses in the Conservatory is the all-in-one Valentine’s Day experience that locals won’t get anywhere else in Buffalo. Eat and drink your way through the Botanical Gardens filled with the beautiful lights of the Gardens After Dark exhibit and enjoy a progressive four-course meal provided by Salvatore’s with a cocktail in hand and live music from Jazz Buffalo. As guests make their way through the 12 greenhouses filled with exotic plants, water features and twinkling lights under the grand glass conservatory, they will fill their bellies with delicious food and drinks for a romantic, intimate, unforgettable evening. Course progressions begin at 5pm, 6:30pm, or 8pm. Tickets are $125 per person and include the four-course meal, open bar, champagne toast, the Gardens After Dark exhibit and coat check. Guests must be 21 years old or older to participate.

Kids’ Week will be happening during Gardens After Dark the following week, February 21-25, from 6-9:30pm. Bring the whole family while the kids are off from school and enjoy a relaxing evening under the lights filled with fun for all ages. Joining the Botanical Gardens on these nights will be some other Buffalo friends with some cool activities to keep little ones’ minds and hands busy. On Monday February 21 will be the Buffalo Museum of Science, Tuesday will be the Botanical Gardens Education Team, Wednesday will be New York Project Hope, Thursday will be Explore & More and Engineering for Kids, and Friday will be the Superhero Alliance of WNY. All activities are included with regular Gardens After Dark admission.  

Go to the Botanical Gardens Website for Further Details and more Events.

Tickets for all these fun events must be pre-purchased online at buffalogardens.com. Gardens After Dark tickets are $15.00 for adults, $13.50 for seniors (62+), $13.50 for students (13+), $7.50 for kids 3-12. Tickets for Garden Members are $13.00 for adults, $11.50 for seniors (62+), $11.00 for students (13+), $7.50 for kids 3-12. Guest passes, coupons and Arts Access passes are not valid at Gardens After Dark. Specialty nights such as Courses in the Conservatory, Singles Night, and Thurs-Date Nights are not included with regular Gardens After Dark admission and are a separate ticketed price listed above.  

Masks are required for all visitors, staff, and volunteers at all times inside any building on the Botanical Gardens campus, regardless of vaccination status. Masks may only be removed when seated with meal and drink.