With the onset of spring comes the opportunity to bask in scenic landscapes and plenty of sunshine. Here are six spots to pay a visit to once the flora begins to bloom and the weather heats up:
Planting Fields Arboretum State Park
Oyster Bay’s Planting Fields Arboretum State Park will host a number of events this spring, including two focused on Decisive Moments at Planting Fields: The Photography of Mattie Edwards Hewitt and Frances Benjamin Johnston, an exhibit dedicated to the work of two American female landscape photographers that is on display at Coe Hall, the mansion at Planting Fields. Visitors can attend Decisive Moments: Lunch & Lecture, with Borough of Manhattan Community College professor Bettina Berch, on March 25, which will focus on the life and work of photographer Frances Benjamin Johnston, and Decisive Moments: Tintype Portraits, with photographer Jolene Lupo, on April 15, where guests can have their own tintype portrait taken following a tour of the exhibit. There will also be a spring 5K on April 22, Arbor Day Festival on April 29-30 and an AAPI Festival on May 13 in honor of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. Upon visiting Planting Fields this spring, expect to see magnolias, azaleas, cherry and dogwood trees in bloom.
HOURS 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., daily
ADMISSION $8 per vehicle; $40 per person for the Bettina Berch lecture; $50 per person for the Jolene Lupo lecture.