The Garden City area is known as the "Nassau Hub" due to its central location and concentration of shopping, athletic, and cultural activities. Much of the development is in East Garden City, formerly the site of the historic airfields Mitchel Field and Roosevelt Field. Garden City holds the main government buildings for Nassau County, although due to a historical anomaly, neighboring Mineola is the county seat.
There are five Long Island Railroad stations in Garden City.
- Country Life Press. Part of the Hempstead Branch. Located in a residential area in southeastern Garden City near Hempstead.
- Garden City. Part of the Hempstead Branch. Located in central Garden City. Within walking distance of the Garden City Hotel, the Garden City Public Library, and the shops and restaurants on 7th Street and Franklin Avenue.
- Merillon Avenue. Part of the "Main Line" (Port Jefferson, Oyster Bay, and Ronkonkoma Branches), in a mostly residential area in the northwest corner of Garden City on the border of Garden City Park.
- Nassau Boulevard. Part of the Hempstead Branch, in a residential area in the southwest corner of Garden City. Adelphi University is within walking distance.
- Stewart Manor. Part of the Hempstead Branch, in a residential area in west Garden City on the border of the Village of Stewart Manor.
Garden City is easily accessible by car.
Parking on the Garden City streets between 2AM and 6AM is prohibited. Offending cars are ticketed by the Garden City Police Department. Exceptions to this rule are sometimes granted by request made in person at the Garden City Police Department at 349 Stewart Avenue.
The Hempstead Branch of the Long Island Railroad is the easiest way to get around Garden City by train. Four of Garden City's five Long Island Railroad stations are on the Hempstead Branch. The stations are, from west to east: Stewart Manor, Nassau Boulevard, Garden City, and Country Life Press.
Garden City is easily navigable by car. The Village speed limit is 30 miles per hour.
- 1 Cradle of Aviation Museum, Charles Lindbergh Blvd, Garden City, ☏ . Tu-Su 9:30AM-5PM, and Mondays that fall on holidays and school breaks. Museum devoted to the history of aviation on Long Island. Adult $14, child/senior $12; planetarium shows & dome theater shows: adult $8, child/senior $7; museum and show combo: adult $19, child/senior $17.
- 2 Eisenhower Park, 1899 Hempstead Turnpike, East Meadow. Long Island's central park; at 930 acres it's larger than Manhattan's Central Park. Besides the normal park amenities, it includes an ice rink, an aquatic center built for the 1998 International Goodwill Games, and three 18-hole golf courses.
- 3 Hofstra University, Charles Lindbergh Blvd, Garden City. A private university known for holding several presidential general election debates. The campus, formerly the estate of entrepreneur William S. Hofstra, is maintained as an arboretum
- 4 Mitchel Athletic Complex, 1 Charles Lindbergh Boulevard, Uniondale, ☏ . 49-acre athletic complex used for local sports.
- 5 Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, 1255 Hempstead Turnpike, Uniondale. Former home of the New York Islanders, which was reopened in 2017 after renovations.
- 6 Old Nassau County Courthouse, 1550 Franklin Avenue, Garden City. Completed in 1901, now the Theodore Roosevelt Executive and Legislative Building.
- 7 Roosevelt Field Mall, 630 Old Country Road, Garden City, ☏ . Ask any Long Islander and they will tell you that one of the best shopping areas in Nassau County is Roosevelt Field Mall and the numerous outlets surrounding it. The areas of Garden City, East Meadow, and Carle Place have numerous shopping centers and a smaller mall, 'The Source Mall'.
- Asian Moon. 825 Franklin Avenue. Asian cuisine.
- B.K. Sweeney's Uptown Grille. 636 Franklin Avenue. Pub food and bar.
- Grimaldi's Garden City. 980 Franklin Avenue. Coal-brick oven pizzeria.
- Leo's Restaurant and Bar. 190 7th Street. Pub food and bar.
- Novitá. 860 Franklin Avenue. Italian trattoria and wine bar.
- Orchid. 730 Franklin Avenue. Upscale Chinese cuisine.
- Plancha. 931 Franklin Avenue. Tapas and wine bar.
- Polo Steakhouse. 126 7th Street. Upscale steakhouse located inside the Garden City Hotel.
- Prost Grill & Garten. 652 Franklin Avenue. German cuisine and beer.
- Revel Restaurant & Bar. 835 Franklin Avenue. American bistro.
- Rustica Brick Oven Cafe. 1 Nassau Boulevard. Italian restaurant.
- Seventh Street Cafe. 126 7th Street. Italian-American cafe.
- Sushi Ya. 949 Franklin Avenue. Japanese cuisine.
- The Burger Spot. 150 7th Street. Casual burger restaurant with outdoor seating.
- Walk Street Restaurant. 176 7th Street. American bistro.
- Waterzooi Belgian Bistro & Oyster Bar [formerly dead link]. 850 Franklin Avenue. Belgian bistro featuring oysters, mussel pots, and beers.
- Wild Fig. 829 Franklin Avenue. Mediterranean and Turkish restaurant.
|Routes through Garden City|
|Merges with Main Line ← Floral Park ←||W E||→ Hempstead → END|
|Manhattan ← Floral Park ←||W E||→ Mineola → Hicksville|