Hours, Admission, COVID-19 Rules

The gardens at the Sands Point Preserve

Welcome to the Sands Point Preserve!

The Sands Point Preserve’s grounds are open for visitors on a new summer schedule. The Great Lawn, Rose Garden, Woodland Playground, dog run, forest trails, and pond area are accessible, however, the mansions and Welcome Center will remain closed for the health and safety of all visitors. Restrooms are available in Castle Gould’s Black Box, and are closed periodically for sterlizing and cleaning throughout the day. The number of cars will be limited to avoid crowding in the parking areas and on the grounds.


Thanksgiving Day Hours: 9 am – 5 pm for all visitors.

For Emergency Health Care Workers: free admission on this day of thanks with our deepest gratitude for your dedication, perseverance, and generosity!

Wednesdays through Saturdays:
All Visitors: 11 am – 5 pm
Members Only: 9 – 11 am
Please note: latest entry is 4:30 pm

All Visitors: 9 am – 5 pm
Please note: latest entry is 4:30 pm

Mondays –Tuesdays:
Closed for grounds maintenance.


Admission to the Preserve is $15 per car or free for members of the Sands Point Preserve Conservancy.

A “Pay Station” at the Gatehouse enables contactless payment of the admission fee, with credit cards, Apple Pay, Google Pay, and cash. If paying by cash, please bring exact change.

Walk-in admission is $4 per person.

Join the Conservancy for free admission!


All visitors are required to follow these rules, which support the guidelines set forth by New York State and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention to help reduce the spread of COVID-19:

– Social distancing is required: keep 6 feet apart.
– Wear face masks, if less than 6 feet apart.
– Passive use of park only.
– No congregating or parties.
– No sports or group games.
– No swimming on beach.
– No camping.
– No fishing.
– No drones.
– No bycicles, mopeds, motorcycles.
– Dogs must be kept on leashes at all times.*
– Be respectful of other visitors’ space.
– Cooperation from every visitor is required.
– Violators will be required to leave the Preserve.

*Dog walking is permitted on the grounds, but dogs must be kept on leashes – visitors are subject to the Village of Sands Point’s leash laws, which are strictly enforced.

Please note: the Guggenheim Estate has two sections – the public park, which we all enjoy, and a private section on the South end of the property, which has a number of private residences as well as a stable, barn, and paddocks. The private area is not open to the public. Visitors to the Sands Point Preserve may not enter this private section, and security guards will enforce the “No Trespassing” rule now.

Download the Sands Point Preserve Map.

In case of inclement weather, please call in advance (516.570.7901) to confirm that the Preserve is open, or check our website for updates.

PUBLIC TRANSIT FROM NYC: LIRR – Port Washington Line to the very last stop – taxis are available at the train station for a five-minute ride to the Preserve.

BY CAR FROM NYC: Long Island Expressway to exit 36 (Searingtown Road/Port Washington). At the light, make a left and go under the Long Island Expressway heading north. Take Searingtown Road north, it will change into Port Washington Boulevard and then into Middle Neck Road. The Preserve will be on the right.

BY CAR FROM POINTS EAST: Long Island Expressway to exit 36 (Searingtown Road/Port Washington). Make a right at the light onto Searingtown Road. Take Searingtown Road north, it will change into Port Washington Boulevard and then into Middle Neck Road. The Preserve will be on the right.

PARKING is available on the Preserve. After entering at the gatehouse, the parking area is centrally located.