Enjoy an outdoor oasis at Bayard Cutting Arboretum in Great River
After indulging on a Thanksgiving meal today, you may want to walk it off tomorrow in an outdoor oasis.
Go for a long walk and get immersed in some of Long Island’s rarest scenery at the Bayard Cutting Arboretum in Great River on this Road Trip: Close to Home.
The 691-acre arboretum is a state historic park nestled against the shores of the Connetquot River.
There’s a mile of waterfront to walk.
Learn about every season - the arboretum considers itself a museum of trees.
Pick a path, and stop to admire beautiful bark.
This time of year, be sure to visit the Holly Walk when the berries are brightest. Stroll the walkway through 200 types of holly trees - the shimmering trees are, of course, a symbol of Christmas.
The arboretum has the most extensive collection of well-known, and lesser-known conifers on Long Island - some date back to the 1800s.
You’ll find unique trees like the Dawn Redwood.
They even have a farm on site with a barn from the 1890s. Visit the chicken coop and feed them a little snack.
If all that walking works up an appetite, stop at the beautiful Manor House and go inside for lunch at the Hidden Oak Café.
Get out on the great lawn, get some great exercise while enjoying the lush landscapes and fresh air, and experience a sense of serenity.