Feel like you're worlds away when you enter the Planting Fields Arboretum in Oyster Bay
As you get through the gates and get a glimpse of the grounds and gardens, you'll feel like you're worlds away.
In this week's Road Trip: Close to Home, News 12's Elisa DiStefano visited the Planting Fields Arboretum in Oyster Bay.
The 409-acre site is home to Coe Hall, a former turn-of-the-century Gold Coast Estate. There are over 20 historic structures on site.
While the buildings currently remain closed, the grounds are open to the public to enjoy the beauty of spring - at a safe social distance. Now is the time to visit, because Planting Fields is in peak bloom with rhododendrons and azaleas, of which there are over 1,000 different types.
There are 22 different themed gardens, and plenty of spots where you can sit back, relax and take in the beauty of it all.
The 3,500 square foot sensory garden is designed for visitors to use all five senses while interacting with the plants and flowers.
The Synoptic garden is a living library. The 5-acre garden displays plants in alphabetical order by botanical name. It features over 1,000 different types of trees, shrubs and perennials that grow exceptionally well on Long Island.
There are over 6 miles of hiking trails. Walkers can select from different paths at all different lengths to accommodate abilities. As you walk, this time of year you will see wildflowers, ferns and stunning pink lady slipper orchids growing in the woods.