Fodor's Expert Review Sands Point Preserve

Port Washington Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

Overlooking Long Island Sound, this 216-acre preserve, once part of a Gold Coast estate, occupies the tip of the Port Washington Peninsula. The grounds include natural and landscaped areas, with forests, meadows, freshwater ponds, and shore cliffs. Also here are three castlelike mansions. The 1904 Castlegould, the visitor center, houses changing exhibits on natural history. Falaise is a Normandy-style manor house built for Harry F. Guggenheim in 1923; the home is notable for its medieval and Renaissance style and artwork. The Tudor-style Hempstead House, used for various exhibits, overlooks the harbor. Tours through Falaise and nature walks are available.

Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge Castle/Palace/Chateau Garden/Arboretum Historic District/Site

Quick Facts

127 Middle Neck Rd.
Sands Point, New York  11050, USA

516-571–7900

www.sandspointpreserve.org

Sight Details:
Rate Includes: Preserve, $4 or $10 per car; Falaise, $10

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