Lavender By the Bay Immerses Visitors in Acres of Fragrant Blooms

7/7/23 - By Jaime Sumersille

Long Island's Lavender By the Bay lavender farms offer a stunning and serene experience—not to mention fantastic photo ops and a great summer day trip. Lavender By the Bay has two North Fork locations, Calverton and East Marion, and both are an oasis of delicious-smelling flowering plants in early summer. 

Both lavender farms offer more than 20 varieties of lavender in shades ranging from white to pale blue, pink, and, of course, purple. 

Check out our Guide to Visiting the Hamptons and North Fork for more things to do in the area, and be sure to bookmark our Ultimate Long Island Kids Summer Vacation Guide for tons of seasonal family fun. 

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The two Lavender By the Bay farms span dozens of acres and are best visited in the first couple weeks of July, when the lavender is typically in bloom. Both locations are designed to give visitors a peaceful experience. 

“We suggest you disconnect from technology while you are here for the ultimate experience,” says Chanan Rozenbaum, who along with his family opened the East Marion Lavender By the Bay location in 2002 and followed with Calverton in 2019.

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kids pose in front of the lavender trails sign
Follow the trails for a relaxing walk through Lavender By the Bay's fields.

You can stroll or frolic between the rows of 3-foot tall plants, but watch out for the buzzing honeybees that call these lavender fields home. Don't fret; on our visit, they were totally harmless—and necessary for a successful crop.

A visit to one of these lavender farms is a good excuse to introduce your kids to the wonders of pollination and the great outdoors. In Calverton, chickens roam freely near their coop and welcome friendly visitors.

A selfie in a lavender field
Snap some selfies in the lavender fields. Photo by Anna Fader

The photo ops are endless, and visitors of all ages can soak up the fragrant fields and relaxing visuals. We reclined in Adirondack chairs and literally stopped to smell the buds every few feet.

Be advised, however: It’s a short blooming season that lasts as few as 3-4 weeks, and it usually ends in late July. Be sure to check the Lavender by the Bay website and social media feeds for up-to-date information on the blooming season.

After the bloom ends, the Rozenbaum family harvests lavender to sell at the gift shop, in farmers markets in New York City, and online. The farm's popularity has made it a day trip destination for visitors from across Long Island and far beyond, and crowds flock annually to see the bloom, bringing plenty of traffic with them on weekends.

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mom and daughter walking through field of lavender
The fields at Lavender By the Bay are an idyllic purple. Photo by Anna Fader

Know Before You Go to Lavender By the Bay

  • Tickets are required for all visitors ages 6+. They cost $15.21, including tax, as of summer 2023 and can be booked online in advance.
  • Lavender viewing sessions last for 90 minutes.
  • The farms are child- and dog-friendly.
  • Admission is non-refundable, and the fields are open rain or shine, so consult the weather forecast before booking.
  • There is no pick-your-own lavender, but you can purchase freshly harvested bunches, sachets, lavender skin care products, and more in the gift shop.
  • Photos for personal use are included in your reservation, but you must make a separate reservation for professional photo sessions, which will also incur a hefty location fee.

Originally published in July 2018, this post has since been updated.

Unless noted, photos by the author

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