Lavender By the Bay Immerses Visitors in Acres of Fragrant Blooms

One deep breath at Lavender By the Bay and visitors are instantly cool, calm, and collected. An oasis of flowering plants turns the normally green North Fork of Long Island into the most regal purple for a few weeks in early summer. With two locations—Calverton and East Marion—and more than 20 varieties of lavender in shades ranging from white to pale blue, pink, and a range of purple hues, Lavender By the Bay provides a mesmerizing backdrop for photo ops.

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“We suggest you to 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.

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 in between the rows of 3-foot tall plants, but watch out for the buzzing honeybees that call this lavender field home. Don't fret; they were totally harmless—and necessary for a successful crop. A visit is a good excuse to introduce your kids to the wonders of pollination. In Calverton, chickens roam freely near their coop and welcome friendly visitors.

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A selfie in a lavender field
Lavender selfie? Yes, please. 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 Adirondak chairs, people watched from under the pavilion and literally stopped to smell the buds every few feet.

Be advised, however: It’s a short blooming season, sometimes lasting as few as 3-4 weeks, and ending 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. Of course, 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 especially.

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

Know Before You Go to Lavender By the Bay

  • Tickets are required for all visitors ages 6+. They cost $12 and must be booked online in advance for this season's bloom.
  • 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 any professional photo sessions must make a separate reservation and incur a hefty location fee.

Originally published in July 2018.

Unless noted, photos by the author

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