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Welcome to the Sands Point Preserve!

It’s an exciting time to be here on the magnificent grounds of the Guggenheim Estate, a 216-acre public park on the National Register of Historic Places. Our year-round programs include weekly wellness and fitness classes, seasonal celebrations, cultural events, and educational programs for children, families, and adults! Take a look through our website for all that the preserve has to offer – and join our email list and follow us on Facebook and Instagram, so you don’t miss any of our exciting events!

Castle Gould’s Welcome Center & Gift Shop is open! Visitors can learn about the Preserve’s founding families and Gold Coast history as well as the current programs that we offer. Event tickets, tour tickets, and memberships, can be purchased here. We invite you to stop in, meet our knowledgeable staff, and plan your visit or just relax while your children are in art, science and yoga classes.

As you start your holiday shopping lists, the Gift Shop offers a range of items that reflect the Preserve’s natural environment as well as its history. Items include plush animals and puppets of animals that reside on the preserve; medieval toy castles and figures; binoculars and wildlife guides; Essential Rose Life meditation teas and oils; hand-carved walking sticks; nature books for children and Gatsby-era novels and nonfiction for adults, and much more.

Celebrate each season with us:  next, Halloween! Three major events to add to your calendars: The Halloween Ball, the Conservancy’s most important fundraising event of the year, on Saturday, October 27 in Hempstead House; the infamous Halloween Haunt- Vampyres’ Lair runs October 25, 26, 28, 29, 30 and 31; and the Family Halloween Party on Sunday, October 28 – including games, crafts, a pet costume parade, the magical autumn display of plush woodland animals, fairy houses, sparkle lights and more! We round out the year with the wonderful annual family tradition: Holiday Tales at the Hearth on December 2 – our celebration of international holiday traditions, with stories read aloud by the fireside, a reading room, and multiple crafts and activities for the whole family.

Agatha Christie’s marvelous mystery “Toward Zero” runs for three performances on November 15, 16 and 17 – be a part of the murder scene in Hempstead House’s Winter Living Room…

Weekly meditation, yoga, and Qi Gong are free for members and only $10 per person for non-members. Regular visits to the preserve are a great addition to your wellness plan!

Mansion Tours: Take a step back  in time to the Gold Coast era on a fascinating docent-led tour of Hempstead House on Wednesdays at 2 pm and on most weekends at 11 am and 2 pm– but please check the Gatehouse as the mansion is sometimes closed for private events. Private tours can be scheduled upon request at 516.571.7901. Guided tours of Falaise Museum run Thursdays through Sundays at 12, 1, 2, and 3 pm from May 24 through November 18, 2018. Tickets ($15 per person, 12 years and up) can be purchased at the Welcome Center – call in advance to check availability: 516.304.5076. Falaise is not open for self-guided visits.

We invite you to be a part of all that we do. And please join the Conservancy with a twelve-month membership – there are so many reasons to visit the preserve throughout the year, and membership gives you free admission, discounts for many events, among many other benefits.

We look forward to seeing you at the Preserve soon – and often!

Beth Horn
Managing Director