Although we were headed to another destination, we came across a sign directing us to Garvies Point Museum & Preserve. We decided to take a look at what is offered there.
Garvies Point Museum is a gem. We felt sorry that we hadn't taken our children there when they were younger. It is a small, low-key museum that is a “center for Long Island and regional geological research, Long Island American Indian culture and archaeology.” (website)
It is a great place for inter-generational visiting. In addition to traditional glass exhibit cases, there is a ”fully interactive American Indian Village where one can partake in the daily activities of village life through hands on experiences, including fishing from a canoe, helping to build a wigwam, reading inside a wigwam and even picking corn from the stalk.” (website). This venue is a delight for families with young children or grandchildren looking for a place that is both educational and interesting.
The one floor museum is fully accessible with handicapped parking fairly close by. A paved, level path leads to the entrance. There are automatic doors, wide aisles for enjoying the exhibits, and handicapped accessible bathrooms. The men’s room may be a bit more difficult to navigate than the ladies’ room. There is a picnic area outside.
The museum is part of a 62-acre preserve with five miles of nature trails throughout. It is on high cliffs, with steep, winding paths leading down to a north shore boulder beach with 2,000 feet of shoreline and a spectacular harbor. Bring hiking boots if you are up to this trek! We think we found a “family-oriented” gem.
As always, we at Destination:Accessible advise you to check a venue's website, www.garviespointmuseum.com, when planning a visit, to "know before you go."