133 Hands Creek Rd. East Hampton NY 11937
631 604 5330
Longhouse Reserve is located on Hands Creek Road in East Hampton. It is a seasonal venue. There is one designated handicapped spot in the gravel lot. The open entrance is a short walk from the parking lot.
The multi stall, handicapped-accessible restroom, with baby changing station is right beyond the entrance. The gift shop is located here. Due to Covid, they are not open now.
Dirt, gravel, grass, sand and wood-chip walkways weave throughout the 16 acre sculpture garden.
- Attraction Type: park
Surface of lot: gravel
Distance to venue: not too far
Transportation to venue offered: na
Places to rest: in gardens
Paths and walkways: gravel, dirt, sand, wood chips
Doors: outdoor venue - no doors
Number of floors: 0
Steps and staircases: na
Width of aisles: spacious gardens
Places to sit: in garden
Location of restrooms: near entrance
Type of restroom: *multi-stall, handicapped accessible stall, handicapped accessible
Ease of entry and exit: easy
Baby changing station: yes
Available food services: none
Friendliness of staff: heplful
Notes: * restrooms and gift shop are not open
“Longhouse Reserve exemplifies living with art in all forms… It’s collections, gardens, sculptures and programs reflect world culture and teach the fostering of a creative life.” (web) This 16 acre reserve and sculpture garden is located in East Hampton. We had not been here for several years. I had remembered it as having interesting, contemporary sculptures (more than 60), set in diverse gardens. Some are easily visible, some a bit more difficult to find. With the weather still nice enough be be outdoors, and wanting something a bit different to do, we decided to visit again. It was a good thing I looked online for their hours. If I hadn’t, I would not have known that, due to Covid, timed tickets must be purchased in advance. Luckily for us, there were two tickets available for the time we wanted. Although a long drive from our home (75 miles), it was a lovely day to drive through the towns of the South Fork of Long Island. We arrived ten minutes before our scheduled time, parked in the gravel lot and got checked in. There is one handicapped parking space as close as one can get to the entrance.
Something to know before you go, is that navigating the grounds can be a bit challenging. Although not hilly, the terrain changes throughout. Immediately after the entrance one encounters sand for a bit. The majority of the grounds are grass, dirt, gravel, or wood chips, depending on where you walk.
Permanent works are on display along with temporary exhibits. Each is in its own landscape, somewhat like “Grounds for Sculpture,” but on a smaller scale. The last time we were here, we were able to sit and meditate in the lush setting. Right now, sitting is not permitted, but enjoying the settings is. Your cell phone can be used for an audio tour at your own pace.
Just beyond the entrance are the gift shop and multi-stall, handicapped-accessible restrooms. They are not open at this time. The website gives information as to where the closest public restrooms are located.
This venue was/is the vision of Jack Larsen, a textile designer, who has been developing this beautiful place since 1975, and who still lives here. It is worth the trip!
As always, we at Destination:Accessible, advise you to always check a venue’s website, www.longhouse.org, when planning a visit, to “know before you go.”