Garvies Point Museum and Preserve has a beach for a walk along the water. A desirable location for photographers is at the base of a bluff along the seashore. The preserve is a 62-acre site on the east bank of Hempstead Harbor, in an ‘EL’ shaped tract. The western portion borders Hempstead Harbor. The preserves southern portion borders Garvies Point Road.
The preserve is on glacial moraine, covered by forests, meadows, and thickets. Five miles of marked nature trails include trails for the blind. Wooded areas have sixty tree species with numerous shrubs, vines and wildflowers. There are also 140 species of birds, opossums, raccoons and woodchucks. Special bird species visit the preserve including many warbler species and scarlet tanagers.
There is free parking and a picnic area. Dogs are not permitted in the park. The museum store has crafts, publications and souvenirs.
50 Barry Drive, Glen Cove NY 11542.
Tuesday – Saturday 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Closed Sundays and Mondays and Holidays
Adults: $3.00; Children 5-12 years: $2.00
Glen Cove is a city on the North Shore of Long Island populated by 26,964. It is 23 miles east of Bronx NY, 6 miles west of Oyster Bay, and 10 miles east of Port Washington. English migrants used it for a port before 1668 naming it “Moscheto’. Port Washington hamlet on the North Shore of Long Island has a population of 15,846.
The town of Oyster Bay is on the north shore with a population of 293,214. It extends north at Long Island Sound, to south at the waters of South Oyster Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. Oyster Bay Harbor is on the south side of Long Island Sound 5 miles west of Eatons Neck Light, between Lloyd Neck and Rocky Point. The harbor has a 30 feet deep channel into areas west of Moses Point.
Hempstead Harbor is a bay in Long Island Sound, with towns of Oyster Bay to the east and North Hempstead in the west of Nassau County Long Island NY. It is sometimes called Roslyn Harbor due to an old Roslyn treatment plant. It was once the state’s most productive harbor for oyster harvesting. But low oxygen levels causing periodic fish kills resulted in closure to shell fishing. Many beach closures due to high bacteria levels were caused by sewage discharge into the harbor.
Glen Cove is a 6 hour drive of 360 miles from Rochester NY. Drive east on I-90 thruway to Syracuse then US 81 south entering Pennsylvania to Scranton then southeast on US 380 to Stroudsburg then east on US 80 into New Jersey into New York then crossing the Hudson River to US 95. Then US 295 south to US 495 east exiting on Glen Cove Road north following signs to Garvies Point Museum and Preserve.
A visitor made this comment about Garvies Point Museum and Preserve.
“So if you’re in the Nassau County area, you should definitely hit up this museum. You won’t be disappointed.”