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Bayard Cutting Arboretum, Great River

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Bayard Cutting Arboretum State Park is a 691acre state park located in the hamlet of Great River, New York, on Long Island. The park includes an arboretum designed by Frederick Law Olmsted for William Bayard Cutting in 1887, as well as a mansion designed by Charles C. Haight.The house at the heart of the park, Westbrook, is modeled on an English country house. Both the house and property were given to the people of Long Island by Bayard Cutting's widow and daughter "to provide an oasis of beauty and quiet for the pleasure, rest, and refreshment of those who delight in outdoor beauty; and to bring about a greater appreciation and understanding of the value and importance of informal planting".The park has a nature trail and recreational programs, and there is a food and a gift shop at Westbrook.HistoryCharles Sprague Sargent, director of the Arnold Arboretum advised in developing the extensive conifer collection north of the carriage house. Some of the most mature planting was damaged in Hurricane Gloria in 1985.William Bayard Cutting's grandfather, Robert Cutting, had been Robert Fulton's partner in the ferry from Brooklyn to New York; they married sisters who were daughters of Walter Livingston. Cutting developed railroad interests in West India; his son was a pioneer in refining sugar from sugar beets.
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  • go for a walk around the park , see the wild life . check out the river . its a nice place to stroll around but be on the look out for deer ticks .  more »
  • The space is amazing. such history. the staff is fantastic always helpful and friendly. have lunch at the cafe, never a bad choice for a little lunch on the porch overlooking the river. take a spring ...  more »
  • Beautiful gardens, gorgeous mansion, great views of the Great South Bay. Great way to spend an afternoon. Victorian Tea room is amazing. Cafe quaint and delish!  more »
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  • Great, under-appreciated place. Truly a gem hidden in plain sight. The rare trees, nature walks and house/grounds tours are all very well done.
  • I visited this arboretum for the first time about two weeks ago. I gave it a rating of five stars for the vast amount of parking (if you have the Empire State pass which costs only $65 parking is free!), fields to enjoy, and trees and plants to enjoy, and the sheer beauty of the location. There is also a cafe that is located in the home that the former occupants lived in. The home and landscape was developed by William Bayard Cutting who started the sugar beet industry along with his brother. More of this information can be found inside the home, called "Westbrook.". If you travel enough on the property you will encounter a pond with snapping turtles and other aquatic critters as well. There is also a small island that looks out into the bay and canal area. Plenty of wildlife can be seen here including birds, fish, and turtles. The experience is definitely worth a lot more than the $10 admission it costs without the Empire pass. I definitely recommend it!
  • Beautiful grounds for walking. You can also take tours of the mansion. There is a little restaurant where you can grab a snack.
  • Went here for the day with my mom during the middle of summer. Beautiful flowers and a great place to just spend time reflecting. Great food at the restaurant as well. Best salad ever.
  • I go here to exhale. Beautiful natural surroundings, peaceful. Lovely cafe