As someone who has lived in the suburbs of New York my entire life, with the beach less than 15 minutes from my house and Manhattan only a 45 minute train ride, I tend to forget about the other amazing things to do on Long Island.
Old Westbury Gardens is one of those extraordinarily beautiful places that needs to be on my list of things to do more often. Old Westbury Gardens, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is the former country estate of John Phipps and his wife, Margarita. The house is an example of the region’s country estate era from 1890 – 1930. Open to the public since 1959, the house is furnished with antiques and art from when the family lived there. With over 70 acres of landscaping, there are beautiful gardens, a pool and woodlands surrounding the estate. The home and the estate are so stunning, it serves as the backdrop for many brides and grooms.
A Weekend for the Dogs
Every year in October, Old Westbury Gardens has Dog Weekend, in addition to The Rise of the Jack O’Lanterns. This year my family and I took the dog to the Gardens and enjoyed the views, the gardens, the house and we even got to see The Jack O’Lanterns, although we didn’t get the full effect since it was during the day. Dogs aren’t usually allowed on the grounds, with the exception of this one weekend a year, where they have a costume contest and parade for the dogs.
Old Westbury Gardens holds events throughout the year, including a Photography Workshop, Afternoon Tea, Holiday Concerts and Events, Wellness Programs and and a number of children’s programs, including Summer Camp.
There is an admission fee to get into Old Westbury Gardens beginning at $8 for adults. It is dependent on the time of year and some special events, such as the Afternoon Tea, have an additional fee. Please check the website for event details and fees.