P.O. Box 671, Locust Valley, NY 11560
516 676 4486
DescriptionPlease be advised that the Humes Stroll Garden is not a handicapped accessible site. You will find a gravel parking lot at the entrance.
Wood and gravel steps go up an incline towards the teahouse with some handrails and several places to rest. The website states, “The terrain is uneven and hilly, traversed by paths with many steps and stepping stones. “ We agree with this statement.
A single-occupancy, non-handicapped equipped, restroom is located in the education building.
- Surface of lot: gravel
Distance to venue: close
Terrain: as described on website
Places to rest: some
Paths and walkways: dirt, gravel, stone, wood
Steps and staircases: many steps
Places to sit: some
Location of restrooms: one in exhibit house
Type of restroom: single-occupancy
Ease of entry and exit: fair
Baby changing station: no
Available food services: none
Friendliness of staff: friendly and helpful
On a lovely day at the end of August we visited the John P.Humes Japanese Stroll Garden. According to their brochure it is a “seven-acre gem of landscape design that provides a retreat for passive recreation and contemplation.” We agree. The photos in the brochure seem to show relatively flat paths through a variety of plant life and man made features. What we found though is what the brochure states: “The terrain of the garden is uneven and hilly, traversed by paths with many steps and stepping stones.” This is NOT a wheelchair accessible location.
It is a beautiful, serene and inspiring habitat, but the definition of “stroll” here would be more like a mini-hike through a preserve. The trail consists of gravel and wood steps up an incline. There are handrails at some points and a few places to sit along the way to the exhibit house and restroom. There are log bridges to be crossed and some rocks that serve as steps.
A staff member told us that because of the beauty of the venue, people are so inspired to take the stroll that some visitors with walkers, canes and some visitors even requiring oxygen do it. They just take their time. A good suggestion for everyone. Take your time and enjoy it all: from the waterfall and lush pond to the tea house.
This is a seasonal venue.
As always, we at Destination Accessible advise you to check a venue’s website, www.humesjapanesestrollgarden.org, when planning a visit, to “know before you go.”