Got a full day to spare and want to spend it in nature?
Clark Pontiac Garden is the place. Not only are there over 5,000 species of flowers to admire, but there is also a museum and an educational facility, meaning this is the perfect location to bring young children to learn about flowers, plants, insects and nature.
Clark is celebrating its fiftieth birthday this year, so here’s to another fifty!
Planting Fields Arboretum
Hours: 9am–5pm daily
Address: 1395 Planting Fields Rd, Oyster Bay, NY 11771, USA
If, like me, you’re a big fan of picnics, you must visit Planting fields!
Only last week did me, and few friends pack up a hamper, grab a bottle of prosecco and spend the day enjoying good food, bubbly drinks and the breath-taking surroundings Planting Fields offers (is there any better way to spend a day?).
But it’s not only a prime picnic spot; it’s perfect for walks, adventures and even weddings!
“Where people, plants and cultures meet” is the way Queens Botanical Gardens described itself – a truly marvelous triumvirate.
What I adore about Queens is the variety of gardens. When walking from one to the next, it can often feel like you’ve made your way into a new country or even world, which not stimulates the senses but also prolongs the adventure.
In addition to pure, natural beauty, Queens offers educational programs, a handful of which my children have absolutely adored.
Picturesque views and tranquil gardens just a stone’s throw away from the Yankee Stadium’ is how I’d describe the Wave Hill.
If you’re in need of serenity, then I cannot recommend this garden highly enough. Sumptuous flowers, the calming sounds (and views) of the Hudson River and magnificent scenery make this is an idyllic haven of restfulness.
However, it does have another string to its bow. As some of the aforementioned gardens, Wave Hill also offers educational classes that help young ones understand and learn about nature.