From Gatsby-style gardens to fields of lavender, Long Island offers an abundance of lush destinations perfect for nature lovers. Stroll through one of our many arboretums or picnics on elegant grounds for a moment of serenity this year. Most locations require a reservation before arriving to control capacity limits. A mask is required at all fields when social distancing is not feasible. Check the locations website prior to attending for the latest information.
Old Westbury Gardens
The park-like grounds, allées of mature trees, sweeping lawns, formal gardens, ponds and lakes that the Phipps family called home for many years are open to visitors seasonally to enjoy.
Health & Safety Update: All admissions must be reserved online, you are asked to arrive within the time block on the ticket and can stay until closing. Contactless check-in is available, arrive with the tickets either printed or on your mobile device to scan in. Visitor hours are Monday, Wednesday – Friday from 11am – 6pm and Saturday & Sunday from 10am – 5pm. To reserve tickets, click here.
Lavender by the Bay
Family run for over 15 years, the farm features 20 varieties of English and French lavender yielding over 80,000 plants for cultivation. Seasonal offerings include freshly cut bunches, lavender plants and lavender honey made on-property at the farm’s apiary.
Health & Safety Update: Make a reservation prior to attending for 1.5-hour time slots, walk-in admission is not available. The location is open to the public for curbside shopping, but field entry is only available for ticket holders. To reserve tickets, click here.
Planting Fields Arboretum
This former Gold Coast Tudor-style estate of the W.R. Coe family boasts over 400 acres of rolling lawns, gardens, woodlands, and nature walks. Open to the public year-round, guided group and individual tours are available by request.
Health & Safety Update: Coe Hall at Planting Fields will open to the public on August 1, the exhibition The Electrifying Art and Spaces of Robert Winthrop Chanler has been extended for two months and will remain on display until September 30. The exhibition tour offers a rare opportunity to see 12 works by the artist that will be on public view for the first time since the 1920s. Tour groups are limited to 5 participants at a time, face masks are required at all times when inside the building. Hand sanitizer will be readily available.
Sands Point Preserve
Featuring swaths of mature trees and landscaped gardens, the estate is also home to a majestic rose garden with over 1,500 red rose bushes. Six marked hiking trails weave through more than 200 acres with vistas that include freshwater ponds and the estate’s seaside bluff.
Health & Safety Update: The Great Lawn, Rose Garden, Woodland Playground, forest trails, and pond area are accessible, however, the mansions, Welcome Center, and dog run will remain closed for the health and safety of all visitors. A new pay station at the Gatehouse enables contactless payment for admission and accepts credit cards, Apple Pay, Google Pay and cash with exact change. Visitor hours are Wednesday – Saturday from 11am-5pm and Sunday 9am – 5pm with the latest entry at 4:30pm. For more information, click here.
Founded by Jack Lenor Larson in 1975, the estate encompasses nearly 16 acres of East Hampton Township’s great Northwest Woods. Art-focused landscapes demonstrate the planting potential in this climate featuring a wide variety of natural and cultivated species.
Health & Safety Update: Visits are by timed ticket reservation only. Print the ticket and display it on your dashboard to have it ready on your mobile device. The gardens close promptly at 5:30pm and LongHouse Reserve is closed on Sunday. To reserve tickets, click here.
Additional garden’s open to the public include: Bailey Arboretum, Clark Botanic Garden, Hofstra Grounds and Arboretum, Bayard Cutting Arboretum, Bridge Gardens, Madoo Conservancy.