Planting Fields Arboretum State Historic Park, Oyster Bay
(4.7/5 based on 190+ reviews on the web)
Planting Fields Arboretum State Historic Park, which includes the Coe Hall Historic House Museum, is an arboretum and state park covering over located in the village of Upper Brookville in the town of Oyster Bay, New York.Near the end of America's Gilded Age, the estate named Planting Fields was the home of William Robertson Coe, an insurance and railroad executive, and his wife Mary "Mai" Huttleston (née Rogers) Coe, the youngest daughter of millionaire industrialist Henry H. Rogers, who had been a principal of Standard Oil. It includes the 67-room Coe Hall, greenhouses, gardens, woodland paths, and outstanding plant collections. Its grounds were designed by Guy Lowell, A. R. Sargent, the Olmsted Brothers, and others. Planting Fields also features an herbarium of over 10,000 pressed specimens.The name "Planting Fields" comes from the Matinecock Indians who cultivated the rich soil in the clearings high above Long Island Sound.
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  • Took the whole family (teenage kids and the Mrs) and this place is gorgeous. Flower gardens, fountains, gazebos, lawns, greenhouses. Lots of gorgeous nature to stroll through and talk to the kids abou...  more »
  • We visit the beautiful arboratum every season. During fall, the dalia garden is in full bloom and some of the roses along the rose path are still as beautiful as they were in the summer. Every path wi...  more »
  • Well visiting my sister on Long Island, we decided to go here. Although they gave us a map in the visitors center, it was confusing. When we actually tried to find her way around, we found the lack of...  more »
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  • Truly beautiful, even in late Autumn. Great for children, lots of space to run around. The grounds are well maintained. Definitely worth a visit!
  • Wonderful paths and walkways. Meadows and trails. Please check out the greenhouses and warm climate flowers and cactuses!!!!
  • Went with family and friends. Great for kids, and a great day trip. Picnic, open space for them to run and play. Beautiful trees, my favorite being the paper bark maple. Beautiful gardens too. Can only imagine what the Camellia house looks like in bloom.
  • Beautiful, but... On weekends, the parking lots and footpaths are overrun by people taking guerrilla wedding photos. The staff does little to dissuade this, it seems. It is also disappointing that some of the ancillary structures are not open to the public, including some of the historic buildings. The main house is absolutely fantastic, and worth the visit on it's own, even with the additional entrance fee on top of the main entrance fee.
  • Had a great walk there. Worth visiting. :)