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Planting Fields Arboretum State Historic Park

Planting Fields Rd., P.O. Box 58, Oyster Bay, NY 11771
(516) 922-8600
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Ranked #1 of 8 Attractions in Oyster Bay
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Parks, Gardens
Description: The Olmsted brothers created this 400-acre arboretum, known for its camellias, rhododendrons and azaleas.
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Wading River, New York
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90 reviews 90 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

Before landscaping my year, visited Planting Fields to look at my different options. Went late in an afternoon and there were many wedding parties there. Despite this, it was a wonderful way to spend the afternoon.

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Delray Beach, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

Great in the fall or spring when it isn't too hot. You bring picnic food. Beautiful gardens and grounds. It is located in the middle of nowhere. Lots of McMaisons are passed on the way there

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Sharon, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

What a wonderful arboretum! Small enough to maneuver and see a real variety of plants and other flora, yet big enough to maintain a variety. Easy to get to, nice trails, nice (and cool) tourist center.

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

So we were in the area of the Park and I of course looked it on TripAdvisor things to do in Oyster Bay. Since Arboretum had some nice reviews we decided to stop by. The place is well kept, gorgeous grounds and all around beautiful. You can bring small pick nick and sit on the grass or bring loan chairs.... More

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Long Island, New York
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27 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

We came to the Planting Fields on a summer day that was the perfect temperature for having a picnic and walking around the grounds. Parking cost $8, which is definitely worth it. The grounds contains various gardens and paths, with many grassy areas to spread out a blanket and picnic at (like we did). We also did the guided tour... More

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Clifton Park, New York, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

Such a beautiful place. Acres and acres of exotic trees and plants, both outside and in green houses. The grounds are meticulously kept. Expect to do a lot of walking. $8 for parking is the only fee you'll pay to get in. There is no picnicking allowed on the grounds.

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Fairfax, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

This is quite an enjoyable trip to visit this place. The flowers are beautiful throughout the grounds and a tour of the home adds to the enjoyment.

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Long Island, NY
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36 reviews 36 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

We'd often talked about going here but never seemed to go. On this overcast, threatening rain day we decided why not. Beautiful grounds, enjoyable tour by knowledgeable, friendly staff who obviously care about this place. Went in August but will come back next June to see the peonies, lilacs, and camellias in bloom. Lovely gardens and although no picnics are... More

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Bay Shore, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

Wonderful exploration of the beautiful and expansive gardens. Our group of garden lovers thoroughly enjoyed the wide open and mostly well identified gardens, trees and plants. Great outing for naturists and gardeners alike.

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Long Island
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

We visited here in July. My teenage son and I even toured the Mansion for an extra fee. I'm a big fan of Gold Coast Mansions, though this one is more modest. The grounds are lovely. Great cor taking pictures and leisurely walks. Places like this make you forget that you are in suburbia.

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