10 Things to Do in Garden City That You Shouldn't Miss

November 17, 2017 Claudia Navarrete

Garden City is an incorporated village in Nassau County, New York, United States, in the town of Hempstead. It was founded by multi-millionaire Alexander Turney Stewart in 1869, and is on Long Island, to the east of New York City, 18.5 miles (29.8 km) from midtown Manhattan. The village is located mostly in the Town of Hempstead with a small portion in the Town of North Hempstead.
Restaurants in Garden City

1. Can You Escape LI

44 Jericho Tpke, Mineola, NY 11501-2954 +1 516-246-9939
Excellent
86%
Good
11%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 226 reviews

Can You Escape LI

You and your team get locked in a fully themed room. The clock starts as soon as you enter. You have 60 heart pounding minutes to solve the puzzles, find the clues, and get out. You need to think outside of the box and think fast. Can You Escape? Many will try, few will succeed.

Reviewed By Tracy P

Karli was amazing as a game master. Staff was super friendly and encouraging as usual. Second time going and I can't say enough good things about this establishment. It is a MUST if you are in the area!

2. Cradle of Aviation Museum

1 Davis Ave, Garden City, NY 11530-6743 +1 516-572-4111
Excellent
67%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 364 reviews

Cradle of Aviation Museum

Reviewed By SlowPoke59 - Apex, North Carolina

We went there for a family outing today and we were surprised to find this wonderful gem. Although this museum appear small at first, it is not, There is a lot to see, aircraft exhibits, space exhibits,interactive exhibits, multiple floors of exhibits, a Fireman's Museum and a cafe. Today we visited the space exhibits. They have thing such as real LEM Moon Lander. space suits, rockets and much more. We also visited the airplane hanger where they a a A-6F Airplane, F-14 Tom Cat Airplane and a A-10 Warthog Airplane. There is so much to see that it will take you multiple days to explore it. There are multiple floors and a skywalk where you can see the exhibits from above the main floor. This is great place for children. There is a lot to see and learn. We will be returning.

3. Old Westbury Gardens

71 Old Westbury Rd, Old Westbury, NY 11568-1603 +1 516-333-0048
Excellent
78%
Good
19%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
1%
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 375 reviews

Old Westbury Gardens

Old Westbury Gardens, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is the former country estate of John S. Phipps and his wife Margarita Grace Phipps. Opened to the public in 1959 with the mission of preserving a part of Long Island’s heritage, Old Westbury Gardens is an extraordinary example of a gracious era. Built in 1906 by the English designer George A. Crawley, Westbury House is a magnificent country house reflecting English architecture of the late 1600s and early 1700s The house is furnished with fine English antiques and decorative arts and remains virtually intact from the more than 50 years of the family’s residence. The estate includes over 70 acres of landscaped formal and informal gardens. An additional 160 acres of fields and woodlands surround the estate.

Reviewed By P B - New York City, New York

No matter what time of year you visit this historic home and gardens, it leaves an impression. During this holiday season, the home is decorated with beautiful vintage decorations. There is an area to take pictures with Santa, as well as, a place to have refreshments. While walking through the home you could hear a pianist playing in the background. The snow covered grounds add to the setting.

4. Eisenhower Park

Stewart avenues, East Meadow, NY +1 516-572-0348
Excellent
68%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 134 reviews

Eisenhower Park

Reviewed By Dalefarkas - Plantation, Florida

Eisenhower Park is very diverse in its offerings.

• Beautiful public golf courses (3 courses).
• Baseball fields
• Basketball courts
• Tennis courts
• Golf driving range
• Miniature golf
• Families can enjoy picnic areas
• Playgrounds for children
• An Aquatic Center
• Walking Paths - The park is beautiful to walk around, with a lovely lake.
• They have a meaningful 9/11 monument.

Eisenhower a great place to spend a day.

5. Hempstead Lake State Park

Peninsula Boulevard, Hempstead, NY 11552 +1 516-766-1029
Excellent
46%
Good
39%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
3%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 33 reviews

Hempstead Lake State Park

Reviewed By gostartraveler - Forked River, New Jersey

$8 parking fee, cash only, no cards. $2 for carousel ride, and it's a seemingly longer ride than most carousels. Bathroom nearby, although I don't recall seeing changing table in men's room. Nice shaded, clean grassy areas for picnics, and playground has nice, soft, spongy surface with swings and other playground equipment. Easy on and off Southern State Parkway. There may be food concessions but I did not see them either. Regardless, recommend, will be back.

6. NYCB Theatre at Westbury

960 Brush Hollow Rd, Westbury, NY 11590-1733 +1 516-334-0800
Excellent
49%
Good
38%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
2%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 211 reviews

NYCB Theatre at Westbury

Reviewed By blackbear59 - New York City

We went to see Colors of Christmas. The show was very entertaining. The seats were great and the sound system was very good. We purchased the VIP package which offers a lounge area . The loung was a nice place to have a conversation prior to the show but the food is nothing spectacular. We enjoyed the VIP parking which provided a short walk to the venue. On this night entering and exiting was not an issue because the show was not that crowded. On the more crowded nightsthat I have been here , it does require a little patience and you should exit out within 15 minutes. Westbury is a very nice place to see a show.

7. Epic Escape Rooms LI

357 Hempstead Turnpike, Suite 203, West Hempstead, NY 11552-1342 +1 516-427-5977
Excellent
67%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 3 reviews

Epic Escape Rooms LI

Epic Escape Rooms offer a challenging, live game in a themed movie related room where you and your team must work together to find clues/puzzles/riddles, solve them and escape the room in 60 minutes or less. Will you beat the clock and escape in time?

Reviewed By Darren W

My friend and I visited and did Killer Feature. WHAT. A. ROOM!!!!!!!! Frightening, challenging...so much FUN!!!! I will be back to do the other rooms here without question!!! The game masters were amazing! They were very friendly and incredibly helpful to us!!!! Hands down one of my favorites already!!!!!

8. Clark Botanic Garden

193 I U Willets Rd, Albertson, NY 11507-2215 +1 516-484-2208
Excellent
54%
Good
42%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
0%
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 21 reviews

Clark Botanic Garden

Reviewed By YankeeJeff - East Meadow, New York

We lived a short walk from the garden for close to 25 years and we would bring our kids there for the Spooky Walk during the Halloween season at night; but Clark Garden is much more than that. Not nearly as big as the Planting Fields Arboretum, this is a fine alternative when you want to spend less time traveling and just a few hours taking it easy. Lovely gardens with many spots to sit and take it all in. A convenient parking lot is also a plus, less walking and traveling, what more could you want.

9. Roosevelt Field

630 Old Country Rd, Garden City, NY 11550 742-8001
Excellent
51%
Good
38%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 225 reviews

Roosevelt Field

Reviewed By Stucolco - Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

We saw the movie "Coco" at AMC Roosevelt Field 8 on Christmas Day and it was a strange feeling seeing all the empty parking lots as the mall itself was closed. The movie theatre with its reserved stadium seating was very comfortable and is an excellent place to see a movie.

10. The Space at Westbury

250 Post Ave, Westbury, NY 11590-3022 +1 516-283-5575
Excellent
56%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
4%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 46 reviews

The Space at Westbury

Reviewed By Sharpdon - Westbury, New York, United States

I attenede a charity event here and although it was previouly a movie theater and they took a couple of years to upgrade the facility it was a little disappointing. The lighting wasn't great and the facility was average.

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