Planting Fields Arboretum State Historic Park, Oyster Bay
(4.7/5 based on 200+ 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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  • This place is breathtaking on each season. The colors of all the trees and flowers are picture perfect. They have events throughout the year that are terrific for nature lovers, but also for children....  more »
  • Beautiful grounds, beautiful castle like home. The 13 th century English stained glass windows blew my mind. Today they had children's Christmas activities from gingerbread man decorating face paintin...  more »
  • What a treasure, I visited here over the summer and was stunned. The greenhouses are set up beautifully and are well labeled and maintained. The plants are incredible and you can really get some great...  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. :)