Planting Fields Arboretum State Historic Park
Planting Fields Arboretum State Historic Park, in Oyster Bay, New York, includes Coe Hall Historic House and Museum, an arboretum and state park. Planting Fields is the former estate of insurance magnate William Robertson Coe and his wife, Mai Rogers Coe, an heiress of the founder of the Standard Oil Company. It's one of the few Gold Coast Estates of Long Island that still retains it's original buildings and all it's acreage. Admission to the park is $8 per car and admission to tour Coe Hall Historic House is an extra $5 per person. (We elected to tour the grounds and the gardens but not tour the house this time around.) There is a cafe and visitor center in the former stables, a greenhouse to tour, walking trails, the gardens surrounding the house and the Camellia Greenhouse, famous for having the largest collection of camellias under glass in the Northeast.We strolled through the gardens, the greenhouse, the Camellia Greenhouse and around the pool and fountain in the gardens by Coe House. It's a very pleasant place to visit for a nice afternoon outside - and it looks to be a beautiful spot to take engagement or wedding photos.
Old Westbury Gardens
Old Westbury Gardens, in Nassau, New York, includes Westbury House - built in 1908 - and 200 acres of formal gardens, ponds and woodlands. The estate is the former home of John Phipps, a US Steel Corporation heir, and his family. The entrance cost is $12 for adults and you may take a guided tour of the house and gardens or do so on your own. We visited the house and gardens on our own and watched a tent being dismantled from what appeared to be a large wedding the night before. It's the perfect place to while away a sunny afternoon - either in the gardens or visiting the house to see how the other half lived a long time ago.
Our last stop of the day wasn't a historic house or garden but a beach. My mother-in-law grew up on Long Island and used to frequent Jones Beach in the summer. I had heard stories of her time there so we decided we had time for one last quick stop before the city. We took a walk on a very deserted and very large Jones Beach. I can't imagine how crowded it is in the summer as there is parking lot after parking lot, but on this day there were a few walkers and a few teens throwing a football around. That's all. I got my beach fix and we needed to get back for some dinner before our flight.
Long Island has so much to offer and I enjoyed my visit there - and I can't wait to go back.
How about you? Have you ever been a tourist on Long Island?
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