Address

1395 Planting Fields Road, Oyster Bay, NY 11771

Phone Number

(516) 922 8682

Date Visited

10/13/2015

Website

Link to Website

Planting Fields Arboretum State Park & Coe Hall Mansion

Description

The Planting Fields Arboretum & Coe Hall Mansion is a “Gold Coast Era estate on the North Shore of Long Island. Its 409 acres consist of greenhouses, formal gardens, woodland paths, outstanding plant collections and a 65-room mansion.” (website)

The main parking lot lacks handicapped parking spaces.  The lot itself is paved but one must navigate a slightly inclined, gravel walkway to the main areas of this venue.

There are paved roadways/walkways throughout, but there are also many gravel paths one must navigate to get close to some of the displays.

One can enter the main greenhouse via a ramp. There is a grated walkway around the perimeter that can handle a wheelchair. There are several benches. Certain areas of the arboretum have gravel that may be too dense for wheelchair navigation. The Camellia House can be accessed by a gravel path leading to a ramp.

Accessible restrooms are located in a building on the grounds and in the Hay Barn (visitor center). The easily accessible Hay Barn houses an interpretive center, gift shop, café, herbarium, horticultural library, and Long Island State Parks archives.

A paved parking lot with two handicapped parking spaces is located next to Coe Hall. It appears that one can drive to this lot and park without the necessity of going up the gravel walkway to the gardens.

Coe Hall is not handicapped accessible. There are stone steps, but no ramp leading to the double door entrance. There is a staircase up to the second floor. There are no restrooms in this building.

Checklist

    Number of handicapped spaces:  0
    Location of handicapped spaces:  * 2 next to Coe Hall Mansion
    Surface of lot:  both lots are paved
    Distance to venue:  long walk to mansion and greenhouses
    Transportation to venue offered:  na
    Terrain:  flat
    Places to rest:  some benches
    Paths and walkways:  some paved, some gravel
    Location of handicapped entrance:  na
    Doors:  some single, some double
    Number of floors:  0
    Elevators:  na
    Ramps:  in some greenhouses
    Steps and staircases:  in the mansion
    Width of aisles:  wide in mansion
    Places to sit:  none in mansion
    Location of restrooms:  one freestanding building, one in visitors' center
    Type of restroom:  multi-stall, handicapped accessible
    Ease of entry and exit:  good
    Baby changing station:  yes
    Available food services:  in visitors center
    Friendliness of staff:  friendly
    Notes:  *There are two handicapped parking spaces in the lot next to Coe Hall. From this lot one can access paved walkways, rather than having to go up the gravel path from the main parking lot.The mansion is not wheelchair accessible. The only entrance is via stone steps.

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Columbus Day was a beautiful autumn day, so we decided to visit the Planting Fields Arboretum in Oyster Bay. This is a “Gold Coast Era estate on the North Shore of Long Island. Its 409 acres consist of greenhouses, formal gardens, woodland paths, outstanding plant collections and a 65 room mansion.” (website)


The first thing we noticed in the parking lot was the lack of handicapped spaces. Although the lot itself is paved one must navigate a slightly inclined, gravel walkway to the main areas of this venue. There are paved roadways/walkways throughout, but there are also many gravel paths one must navigate to get close to some of the displays.


One can enter the main greenhouse via a ramp. There is a grated walkway around the perimeter that can handle a wheelchair. There are several benches for sitting and enjoying the gorgeous plantings.


As we walked to the dahlia garden we realized that we had gone from what we would call “easy” gravel to very deep gravel in the garden itself. We were thinking how difficult it would be to push a wheelchair through this if one wanted to get an “up close and personal” look at the flowers. The garden was exquisite and some of the roses were still in bloom.


The Camellia House can be accessed by a gravel path leading to a ramp.


On our way to find the Hay Barn (visitor center) we passed a building housing restrooms, which are multi-stall and handicapped accessible. The Hay Barn itself is a lovely, six year old building, housing an interpretive center, gift shop, café, herbarium, horticultural library, and Long Island State Parks archives. The gift shop was open (with some lovely choices), the café was not. The café appears to be open only on weekends so we cannot tell you how the food is. What we can tell you is that this building is easily accessible, has large, easily accessible restrooms, and a lovely outdoor deck for enjoying a snack during nice weather.


As we walked on to find Coe Hall we found a paved parking lot right next to it with two handicapped parking spaces. It appears that one can drive to this lot and park without the necessity of going up the gravel walkway to the gardens.


Visitors can take a self-guided tour of Coe Hall, a mansion built in the Gothic Style. This building is not handicapped accessible. There are stone steps, but no ramp leading to the double door entrance. If you are able, there is a staircase up to the second floor. You will find knowledgeable docents in the rooms to answer any questions one might have. There are no restrooms in this building.


As always, we at Destination Accessible advise you to check a venue’s website,www.plantingfields.org, when planning a visit,  to “know before you go.”



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