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Bayard Cutting Arboretum State Park

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440 Montauk Highway
Great River, NY 11739
Latitude 40.739454
Longitude -73.163039

Spring Nature Programs

In late 1936 as she was contemplating the transfer of what was then called "Westbrook" to the Long Island State Park Commission, Olivia James wrote of the two purposes she and her mother envisioned for what is today, Bayard Cutting Arboretum, named for her father William Bayard Cutting.

"These purposes are:

(1) That Westbrook shall be an oasis of beauty and of quiet, and that it shall be a source of pleasure, rest and refreshment to those who delight in outdoor beauty.

(2) That it shall serve to bring about a greater appreciation and understanding, on the part of both the general public and of those professionally concerned with landscape design of the value and importance of informal planting, and shall thus be an influence in preserving the amenities of our native landscape."

With 691 acres situated on the picturesque Connetquot River, Bayard Cutting Arboretum fulfills Ms. James' wishes in fine style. Visitors can learn about the value and appearance of planned, but informal plantings on a country estate. Or they can merely enjoy the serenity of a walk among the trees of the pinetum or among the rhododendrons. Most trees are labeled so that visitors can learn how they might appear in their landscape at home. The Bayard Cutting Horticultural Club offers programs that add to the educational value of the place. 

The estate mansion is maintained in its original style with furnishings typical of the estate era. Guided tours of the mansion are available seasonally. A café on the first floor offers light luncheon with a stunning view over the great lawn of the Connetquot River. Formal teas are offered and can be arranged by reservation. Historical retrospective photo exhibits in the mansion show that Westbrook was once a well known dairy farm producing glass-bottled milk for sale in local markets. One of the original barns remains in the farm area of the arboretum.

It's a wonderful place to relax, read a book, and experience the peace and serenity of estate living in the 1920s and ‘30s. 

Please note: A permit is required to take all but personal photos at Bayard Cutting Arboretum State Park. It must be obtained prior to the event and a fee may be required. Please contact the park for further information regarding photography permits at (631) 581-1002.

For information on educational opportunities & programs in Long Island State Parks, please visit Long Island Environmental Interpretive Center.

No Pets Allowed

Hours of Operation

  • Park Open:
    Tuesdays - Sundays from 10am-5pm (4/1 - 10/31)
    Tuesdays - Sundays from 10am-4pm (11/1 - 3/31)
    Closed all Mondays (except summer holidays) & winter holidays (Nov. - April).
  • Hidden Oak Cafe: Open year round.
    April - Oct: Tuesdays - Sundays, 11 am - 5 pm;
    Nov - March: Tuesdays - Sundays, 11 am - 4 pm.
  • Manor House & Office:
    Open year round, Tues. - Sun.
    April - Oct.: 11 am - 5 pm;
    Nov. - March: 11 am - 4 pm.

    *Beginning Thursday, September 11, 2014, tours of the Manor House will  be available on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays through December. Tours, which begin at 1pm, are led by trained docents and last approximately an hour and a half. The cost for the tour is $10 per adult, and $5 for children under 12 years of age. Private group tours of ten or more can also be arranged. Advanced registration is recommended by calling the park directly at 631-581-1002. Registration is accepted the day of the tour, on a first-come basis, and is limited to 15 people.

Fees & Rates

Most New York State Parks charge a vehicle use fee to enter the facility. Fees vary by location and season. A list of entry fees and other park use fees is available below. For fees not listed or to verify information, please contact the park directly.

Your key to all season enjoyment of state parks is our season's pass. For $65, the Empire Passport provides you unlimited day use vehicle entry into most of our parks. Apply on-line or call your favorite park for more information.

  • Vehicle Entrance Fee
  • Cars $8
    Collected via automated pay station.
    4/1 - 10/31 daily, 10AM - 5PM Tues-Sun (Closed all Mondays)
  • Manor House & Garden Tours
  • $10 per adult
    $5 for children under 12 years of age

    Advanced registration is recommended by calling the park at 631-581-1002. Registration is accepted the day of the tour, on a first come basis, and is limited to 15 people.


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Sat 11 Jun
Butterflies Flutterby
Saturday, June 11, 2016 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Bayard Cutting Arboretum State Park
(631) 265-1054

Discover the amazing life of a butterfly. Enjoy an entertaining presentation with some surprises, followed by a walk to search for these beautiful creatures. We will loan nets, books, and temporary cages.

$4.00 per adult (18+) $3.00 for children (ages 3 - 17) Children under 3 are free.

Registration: Required

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Amenities, Activities & Information

  • Amenities
  • Educational Services
  • Food (Accessible)
  • Gardens
  • Gift Shop
  • Interpretive Signs
  • Nature Trails (Accessible)
  • Activities
  • Guided Tours
  • Historic House
  • Recreation Programs (Accessible)