Frequently Asked Questions

Below is a list of some FAQs that maybe helpful in planning your next trip or event with us. If you have any other questions or concerns please contact the main office at 1-631-581-1002.


What are your hours?

We are open Tuesday – Sunday, however, hours change seasonally. For more information please visit our Hours & Fees information page.


Is there a parking fee?

The $8 parking fee (vehicle use fee)  is collected weekends until Memorial Day. From Memorial Day through Labor Day it is collected every day. From Labor Day through November it is again only collected on weekends.

Seniors (62+) can receive a parking pass for use Tuesday through Friday with a valid NYS Drivers License.


Can I bring my dog?

No pets of any kind are allowed on Arboretum property.


What is the Empire Passport?

The Empire Passport is $80.

Instead of paying the vehicle use fee on each visit, simply scan your Empire Pass and it waives the fee for day use entry. The pass is shareable amongst a household. The Empire Pass does not cover the cost of camping, golf, swimming, etc. It can be purchased at the Arboretum, inside the Manor House, Tuesday – Sunday from 10 a.m. until thirty minutes before the Arboretum closes.


What is the Golden Parks Program?

All vehicles transporting a senior citizen (62+) with a current New York State I.D. are allowed free entry on weekdays. At Bayard our weekdays are Tuesday – Friday because we are closed on Mondays.


Can I take my wedding pictures there?

Yes, there is a $250 permit for pictures and a $200 permit for wedding ceremonies. Please plan ahead as limited spaces available.  For more information and an application please visit our Wedding and Photography Permits information page.


Can I host an event at the Arboretum?

Yes, however, there are room rental fees and limited spaces available. You can download the room rental application here.


How do I contact the Cornell Cooperative extension?

Cornell Cooperative Extension’s telephone number is 1-631-727-4126.