The town of Oyster Bay comprises about 1/4 of the area of Nassau County and includes a slew of villages and hamlets. This article covers the area closest to Oyster Bay hamlet, from Bayville down to the Long Island Expressway. See South Oyster Bay for the area south of the expressway. See Glen Cove for communities in the northwest part of the town that are closest to that city.
Oyster Bay is the last stop on the Oyster Bay Line of the Long Island Rail Road.
Take Exit 35N from the Northern State Parkway or Exit 40E from the Long Island Expressway (I-495) and then take State Route 106 North.
Oyster Bay is quite an old town, having been established in the 17th century, and it is absolutely chock-full of great old buildings, only a few of which are pictured in this article.
- 1 Bailey Arboretum. A 42-acre arboretum known for its collection of exotic trees, including the world's largest dawn redwood. The only accredited arboretum in the New York metro area. Also contains the 200-year-old manor house, "Munnysunk".
- 2 Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, One Bungtown Road Cold Spring Harbor. A research institute known for advancements in molecular biology. Offers walking tours of the campus by advance reservation.
- 3 Muttontown Preserve, Jericho-Oyster Bay Road, East Norwich, NY 11732. A 550-acre nature preserve that contains Chelsea Estate, Nassau Hall, and the ruins of Knollwood Estate.
- 4 Oyster Bay History Walk. A self-guided walking tour visiting several historic buildings and locations in downtown Oyster Bay.
- 5 Planting Fields Arboretum (http://www.plantingfields.org/), 1395 Planting Fields Road, Oyster Bay. The estate and home of industrialist William Robertson Coe, now a State Historic Park. The mansion, completed in 1921 and constructed in the style of an English castle, has been restored to its early twentieth century appearance and is open to the public.
- 6 Sagamore Hill, 20 Sagamore Hill Road, Oyster Bay. The Visitor Center and Bookstore are open Wednesday through Sunday from 9AM to 5PM. Tours of the Theodore Roosevelt Home are offered Wednesday through Sunday, between 10AM and 4PM. The summer home of President Theodore Roosevelt. Includes tours, a museum, and a visitor center. It is run by the National Park Service. From the website: Access to the Theodore Roosevelt Home is only by guided tour. Same-day tickets can be purchased on a first-come, first-served basis from the Visitor Center. Advanced reservations to tour Theodore Roosevelt's home can be booked through Recreation.gov or call +1-877-444-6777. $10.
There are also parks, including Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park. Theodore Roosevelt spent several summers as President in Oyster Bay (now the nearby hamlet of Cove Neck) and died and was buried there. However, if there are signs at parks saying "Residents only," you may be out of luck in that respect.
- 1 Bayville Adventure Park, 8 Bayville Avenue, Bayville, ☏ . F 6PM to 10PM, Sa noon to 10PM, Su noon to 9PM. Bayville Adventure Park features a miniature golf course, rock climbing, a bumper boat safari, a ropes course, a maze, and a funhouse. There are many restaurants nearby. Bayville Adventure Park is a good place to go for a family excursion.
|Routes through Oyster Bay|
|Mineola ← Glen Cove ←||W E||→ END|
|Merges with Main Line ← Hicksville ←||W E||→ Huntington → Port Jefferson|