Sands Point Preserve (Castle Gould, Hempstead House and Falaise)
127 Middle Neck Rd. Sands Point, NY 516-571-7900
There are 216 acres, with forests, meadows, lawns, shore cliffs, freshwater ponds and trails. The preserve contains three historic buildings: Hempstead House, Castlegould and Falaise.
The Hempstead House is patterned after Ireland's Kilkinney Castle, the 50,000-square foot estate was built in 1910 by Howard Gould and later purchased by Daniel and Florence Guggenheim in 1917. The gothic-style estate overlooking the Long Island Sound is marked by stonework and dramatic details - such as organ pipes high in the grand entry, above the chandelier. Tours are offered Wednesdays from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. ($5 for guided tour, under 16 free).
The Phil Dejana Learning Center and Outdoor Classroom encourages kids to explore wildlife and the environment. There's an art area, an all-natural xylophone for music, a climbing area with wooden platforms, garden beds and more.
Visitors can also tour Falaise, the home of Harry Guggenheim and Newsday founder Alicia Patterson.Hours: Daily: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.