One of the most lovely things about autumn is the color-changing leaves. Just something about those gold, orange, and red tones makes you feel comfortable. The leaves in Long Island typically start changing in early September, and they grow more beautiful as the month goes on. Our REALTORS® know the area well and recommend visiting one of these top spots for fall leaf peeping.
- Bayard Cutting Arboretum: 440 Montauk Highway, Great River, NY 11739
If you're looking at East Islip homes for sale, Bayard Cutting Arboretum is just minutes away. This 600+ acre property is essentially a museum of trees, so naturally, it is the perfect place to immerse yourself in the changing colors of fall.
Bayard Cutting Arboretum charges an admission fee of $8 per vehicle. Once inside, you can spend hours strolling along the arboretum's paths. Make sure you spend some time in Oak Park, a section of the property with a collection of Black Oak trees. Another beautiful area is the Great Lawn, home to a 125-year-old beech tree.
- Heckscher State Park: Heckscher Parkway Field 1, East Islip, NY 11730
Heckscher State Park is a state park on the south shore of Long Island. The park has miles of paved trails, so you can take a walk or a bike ride to admire the trees. You may also want to pack a picnic lunch to enjoy under a picnic pavilion. Several are surrounded by beautiful trees, and you'll see birds and deer in the distance.
Heckscher State Park is conveniently located near Suffolk County homes for sale. Dogs are permitted on nature trails but must be on a leash.
- Sands Point Preserve Conservancy: 127 Middle Neck Rd., Sands Point, NY 11050
Sands Point Preserve Conservancy encompasses 216 acres of land, including grasslands, shoreline, and woodlands. The place is brimming with wildlife, and it's fun to watch squirrels and chipmunks play against a backdrop of fall colors.
The Conservancy has walking and hiking paths you can wander along. They also have a few planned, self-guided tours that take you past top attractions. When you're finished admiring the trees, look at a few Nassau County homes for sale nearby.
- Muttontown Preserve: 25A Muttontown Lane, East Norwich, NY 11732
After looking at East Norwich homes for sale, Muttontown Preserve is the perfect place to admire fall leaves. The Preserve is comprised of three former estates. One of these, the Chelsea Estate, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
There is a lot of history to learn as you walk through this preserve, but the natural surroundings are also stunning. Not only will you see trees changing color, but also fall wildflowers, frogs, and birds. Maps are available inside the main office.
- Clark Botanic Garden: 193 I U Willets Rd., Albertson, NY 11507
Clark Botanic Garden is a 12-ace property dedicated to celebrating plants and horticulture. On a walk through the gardens, you can see countless species of flowers but also many ornamental trees that are changing color for fall. Many birds call the gardens home, and you're sure to see some of them flitting about, too.
Clark Botanic Garden is free to enter, but voluntary donations are encouraged. There's also an on-site gift shop where you can purchase various trinkets and gifts.
We hope you have a lovely time admiring fall leaves at these destinations. The Long Island area has so much to offer when it comes to natural beauty. Contact us if you're looking for a place to call home.