Review: Chihuly at the New York Botanical Garden

Review: Chihuly at the New York Botanical Garden

Whether you know the name Chihuly or not, you’ve probably seen his glass sculptures on display somewhere, whether a chandelier hanging in a lobby or his glass blown flowers coating the ceiling at the Bellagio in Las Vegas. He’s actually been on my radar for a few years. Just last month I checked out the Chihuly Collection in St. Petersburg, Florida.

So when I saw Chihuly’s works were coming to the New York Botanical Garden through October, I had to go. And it’s an absolute must if you’re in NYC.


New York Botanical Garden

The NYBG is actually located in the Bronx, accessible via Metro North from Grand Central or a subway ride + a walk. The garden itself is gorgeous and HUGE. I barely even scratched the surface as I was on a time crunch so I focused only on the Chihuly pieces. It can be done in an hour but at least a half day is preferable. There are restaurants and food trucks (or you are permitted to bring your own food on the grounds) so you really can spend the whole day there.


Haupt Conservatory

I started with the Haupt Conservatory. Chihuly’s Citron Sun greets you before you even enter the conservatory. The bright neon green glass swiggles stand out against the white-and-glass building. Even with other tourists around, you can get some great shots and views of the work.

Once inside, you go from work to work with great directional signage leading you from one work to another. You can expect glass flowers in water, water droplets splashing from the gardens, and even glass leaves that blend in with their natural surroundings.

In addition to Chihuly’s well known styles, the exhibit includes the new Koda studies using colored panels which create gorgeous reflections in the water, and a neon work I can’t wait to go back and see at night.

Koda panels

Reflecting Pool

Next up is Red Reeds. My photos don’t do the work justice as the red pops so much, plus it was tough to get a photo without a tourist in it. The press photo from NYBG is below so you can really see the beauty of it.

Photo from NYBG website

Native Plant Garden

You’ll first find a boat filled with colorful glass orbs. Further along the water you’ll find two different colored panels which gave me one of my favorite shots of the day. The whole area is incredibly calming with small waterfalls and green everywhere.



The blue Sapphire Star is next, on its own in a grassy area. It’s an incredible work that reminisces of a bright blue eye.


Mertz Library Art Gallery

Outside, you’ve got a great old vs. new with Blue Polyvitro Crystals in the fountain next to weather faded sculptures. Inside you’ll find Chihuly’s early work, drawings and a film.

I went in expecting to a see a couple of Chihuly’s works and was blown away with how they seemed to pop up everywhere. It’s an incredible exhibit by day and special nighttime events throughout this summer show the works lit up at night. It’s definitely a must see and I can’t wait to go back to check out the rest of the New York Botanical Gardens.


CHIHULY is running now through October 29th at the New York Botanical Gardens. Admission is $23 on weekdays and $28 on weekdays. The grounds are free on Wednesdays but you can pay $13 for access to the Conservatory.

Pinterest graphic Chihuly pinterest


Sarasota City Guide

Sarasota City Guide

Most people think of Orlando or Miami when they think of Florida, but the Suncoast is majorly underrated. I headed down to Sarasota recently to visit my parents and discovered it’s actually a great tourist spot.

Things to Do

There’s actually a lot to do in Sarasota and the surrounding areas, besides the obvious beaches. Here are some of the things I did this week:

The Ringling Museum  – Sarasota is actually the winter home for the circus and has an amazing museum dedicated to the circus on the grounds of John Ringling’s home.

John Ringling’s property – Ca d’Zan or House of John

The circus model is my favorite part – a miniature replica of a circus set up, including a “backstage look” and inside the big top. You could spend hours looking at every little detail.

Overhead view of the Big Top

The Dali Museum – Located in St. Petersburg, this is the 2nd largest collection of Salvador Dali artwork. The museum itself is a piece of art, with gorgeous glass windows and bayside views.

Outside the museum
Inside the museum

Be sure to get the free Audio Guide as his paintings have so much depth.

The Chihuly Collection – Also located in St. Petersburg, this is a beautiful exhibit with Chihuly’s gorgeous glass sculptures. With excellent lighting, they photograph (and Instagram!) very well. Glass blowing demonstrations are available as well as entry to the Morean Arts Center across the street.

-Beaches – Siesta Key Beach is voted best beach in the US and it’s easy to see why with its dreamy white sand that feels like walking through flour. The Sunday night drum circles are fun – bring a chair and drinks and you’ll be entertained through the sunset.

Drum circle


-Seafood, seafood, seafood! There are so many places to get fresh seafood, plus gorgeous views. Sharky’s is fun for its drinks and the adjoining pier has dolphin sightings.

Columbia Restaurant – located on St. Armand’s circle, this restaurant serves Colombian food. Sit outside and people watch with a glass (or pitcher!) of sangria.


Getting Here

Sarasota has its own airport but it’s small so you might need to fly into Tampa which is about an hour away. If you find a really good deal, Orlando and Ft. Lauderdale aren’t too far away. You’ll want a car while you’re here so you can check out the beaches and take day trips.



Travel Roundup 4.28.17

  1. United is trying reeeeeeal hard to get back your business

ICYMI (which you probably didn’t), earlier this month, a video went viral of a passenger literally being dragged off a plane and images of his bloody face. Not great. Then the United CEO released a statement passing all blame on the passenger. Not surprisingly, #BoycottUnited went viral.

So now United has released a 10-point plan to get back your business, including offering up to $10,000 compensation for giving up your seat. Better?


  1. Recharge by the minute

Recharge, an app that allows you to book hotels by the minute (for you know what) is expanding to NYC. According to its website, it’s great for things like taking a shower or a power nap.


  1. Nike and Converse have teamed up to create the perfect shoe
Courtesy of Nike & Travel and Leisure

Classic Converse Chuck Taylor’s have been my go-to shoe for a long time BUT might not offer the best support for a lot of walking. Now Nike and Converse have teamed up to create a shoe that looks like a Converse but with the comfort of a Nike Flyknit. These shoes are perfect for your casual travel shoe that’ll look great with any outfit. I can’t wait to get my hands on one (and they come in 6 different colors!).

  1. You’ll never have to see those awful TMZ videos of celebrities at LAX again

Forbes just released a first look into the new Celebrity Terminal at LAX. It’s got its own TSA screening and located in a converted cargo facility to avoid the paparazzi. It’s got a hefty price tag too – $7,500 for an annual membership fee.


  1. See Chihuly work up close at the New York Botanical Garden
Courtesy of The New York Botanical Garden

A new exhibit of Dale Chihuly’s glass installations just opened at the NYBG last weekend and is on display until October 29, 2017. Special events associated with the work are available on the weekends, as well as nighttime events with illuminated artwork. Check out my review here.


Deal of the Week: Delta SFO>HKG for $619 roundtrip

Courtesy of Fodor’s