New 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 Memorial Day, Monday, May 25 at 9 am – 5 pm. The mansions, Welcome Center, Woodland Playground, and dog run 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, so visitors are asked to be patient if they must wait for entry.

New Summer 2020 Visitor Hours

Wednesdays through Saturdays:
All Visitors: 11 am – 5 pm
Members Only: 9 – 11 am (through June 28)
Please note: latest entry is 4:30 pm

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

Mondays –Tuesdays:
Closed for grounds maintenance.

Admission

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

A new “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.

The admission fee has been reinstated to cover the expense of securing, maintaining, and operating this great historic estate for our visitors. The Conservancy is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and must raise 98% of our annual budget. Because all programming, fundraising galas, private events, and film/TV production are suspended due to NYS mandates, we now depend entirely on Gatehouse revenue, memberships, and donations – they make all of the difference now.

Walk-in admission is $4 per person.

Join the Conservancy for free admission!

Visitor Safety Rules 

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.
– 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 strict leash laws.

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.