193 IU Willets Road, Albertson, NY 11507

Phone Number

(516) 484 - 2208

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Clark Botanic Garden


Clark Botanic Garden is located at 193 I.U. Willets Road, Albertson, NY. The paved, parking lot has three accessible spaces (van accessible) close to the entrance. There is no formal entrance or admission booth, as there is no admission fee.

About 1/10 of a mile of the gardens has paved paths.  The rest is dirt/gravel. Benches are located throughout. Some areas are somewhat hilly.

Single-occupancy (non-handicapped) restrooms are located in the same building as the gift shop.  Getting to them requires going up five gravel steps and then down five concrete steps.

The single-occupancy, -accessible restroom also serves as the men's room.  Getting here requires entering the building through a workroom on the main floor of the house. A sign lets you know where to go.

If you cannot manage the one step to get into the Garden Shop  follow the directions for the accessible restroom and continue through the building to the shop. There is a baby-changing station.

There are no food services.  Several picnic tables can be found near the restrooms, as well as some umbrella tables and chairs near the gift shop.


    Attraction Type:  park
    Number of accessible spaces:  3
    Location of accessible spaces:  near entrance
    Surface of lot:  paved
    Distance to venue:  close
    Transportation to venue offered:  na
    Terrain:  fairly level
    Places to rest:  some hilly spots
    Paths and walkways:  about 1/10 mile is paved, the rest is gravel and dirt
    Location of accessible entrance:  main entrance
    Doors:  none
    Number of floors:  na
    Elevators:  na
    Ramps:  na
    Steps and staircases:  *
    Width of aisles:  paths are wide
    Places to sit:  benches throughout, some picnic tables near the restrooms and gift shop
    Location of restrooms:  in main house
    Type of restroom:  **
    Ease of entry and exit:  OK
    Baby changing station:  yes
    Available food services:  none
    Friendliness of staff:  pleasant
    Notes:  * and ** Restrooms are located in main house. Non-accessible restrooms require walking up five steps and then down another five steps. The single-occupancy, accessible restroom (also the men's room) can be accessed by entering the building through a workroom in the house. A sign will direct where to go.If one cannot manage the one step required to enter the gift shop, you can get there the same way as going to the accessible restroom, then continuing through the building to the shop.

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 The website describes Clark Botanic Garden as a “serene, tranquil oasis for all to enjoy.”Founded in 1969 it is a 12 acre living museum and educational facility …dedicated to understanding and appreciating the world’s plant life through horticulture and education.” Operated by the Town of North Hempstead, they offer educational programs for both adults and children. Even if you cannot manage it all, it is well worth a visit.

There are three accessible spaces in the paved, parking lot adjacent to the entrance. Some of the pathways are paved (about 1/10 mile) most are gravel and/or hard packed dirt. Although we did not see any wheelchair users on our visit, there were several people with baby carriages who told us that the walk is not difficult. 

We have never seen many people here. Even when there are people,  I would describe it as always being quiet and Zen-like. As you wind around the various gardens you will encounter two ponds and benches scattered throughout the grounds. Whether everything is in bloom or not, it is a beautiful place.

The only downside to this venue are the restrooms. If you want to enter from where the sign indicates “restroom,” you are required to go down five steps and then a lip into the hallway leading to the restrooms. The women’s restroom is not accessible. The sign on the men’s room indicates that it is accessible. I was told that anyone needing an accessible restroom can use this one. You just have to be able to get to it. In order to do that, you must enter through the service door, next to the entrance to the gift shop (this is on the same level as the restrooms). You can then walk around to the restrooms. If you can manage the step into the gift shop, you can get to the restrooms from there. 

There are some picnic tables and benches near the restrooms as well as some umbrella tables and chairs near the gift shop.

If you can manage the restroom situation, Clark Botanic Gardens is worth a trip. Another plus is that it is free!

As always, we at Destination Accessible, advise you to visit a venue’s website,, when planning a visit, for further information.




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