Bayard Cutting Arboretum State Park
Bayard Cutting Arboretum State Park landscape and tree planting was designed by the famous design firm Fredrick Law Olmstead, who later became famous for designing both New York’s Central Park and Brooklyn’s Prospect Park. Located on the Connetquot River it has 690 acres of lawns and open meadows, a wildflower garden, a marshy refuge, and many paths that make this park a good bird watching location. With 5 nature trails (Pinetum, wildflower, Rhododendron, bird-watching, swamp cypress) Look for Cardinal,Catbird, Chickadees, fall and spring migrants. Waterfowl can be seen on the river along with an active Osprey nest. The English Tudor-style manor house features fireplaces, antique woodwork, Tiffany stained windows. A cafe is located in the library. Directions: From Sunrise Highway take The Southern State Parkway to Heckscher Parkway. Leave the parkway at exit 45E Montauk Highway and follow the signs to the Arboretum. Fees: Vehicle use fee charged in season/hours: Open Tuesday through Sunday plus holidays. 10:00 AM to Sunset.