Where: Planting Fields Arboretum State Park (Oyster Bay, NY)
What: Hike / Walk (trail, gravel, unpaved)
Snacks: Southdown (Oyster Bay, NY)
Planting Fields has gorgeous gardens, welcoming greenhouses, an estate to explore and a small trail network.
Formerly the Coe Estate, Planting Fields sits on 400+ acres, one of the only Gold Coast estates to remain on its full acreage with all of its buildings. Buildings include laundry carriage and tea houses. Mansion tours available during warmer months. As of this writing an $8.00 parking fee applied. The tour is a separate fee from the parking fee.
Among the gardens, are roses, rhododendrons, conifers, hydrangeas and dahlias. Greenhouses include tropical plants and seasonal displays. A newer addition to the arboretum is the 2015 sensory garden.
Trails range from a tenth of a mile to a quarter of a mile and intersect to make for a nice stroll through the trees.
Head to Southdown Coffee for a no frills cup.
See you on the trails (or among the dahlias)