National Parks of New York State

New York

New York State and New York City are loaded with national parks. Many of these are historic monuments. Those in the Big Apple are listed separately in that Destination area. GATEWAY NATIONAL RECREATION AREA Floyd Bennett Field Building 69 Brooklyn, NY 11234 With more than 26,000 acres of marshes, wildlife sanctuaries, recreational and athletic facilities, miles of sandy beaches, indoor and outdoor classrooms, picnicking and camping areas as well as historic structures, old military installations, airfields, a lighthouse and adjacent waters around New York harbor, this park offers urban residents in two states a wide range of recreational opportunities and educational perspectives all year long. Gateway and Golden Gate in San Francisco were the first urban recreation areas. THEODORE ROOSEVELT INAUGURAL NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE 641 Delaware Ave. Buffalo, NY 14202 (716) 884-0095 Theodore Roosevelt took the oath of office as President of the United States on Sept. 14, 1901, here in the Ansley Wilcox House after the assassination of President William McKinley. ELEANOR ROOSEVELT NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE 4097 Albany Post Road Hyde Park, NY 12538 Mrs. Roosevelt used Val-Kill as a personal retreat from her busy life. Val-Kill Cottage is the focal point of the historic site. It was originally built as a factory building for Val-Kill Industries and was converted to a home by Eleanor Roosevelt in 1937. Stone Cottage was built for her by FDR in 1925. The pastoral setting includes fields, trees, swamps, and ponds. HOME OF FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE 4097 Albany Post Road Hyde Park, NY 12538 Springwood was the birthplace, lifetime residence, and "Summer White House" of the 32nd President. The gravesites of President and Mrs. Roosevelt are in the Rose Garden. VANDERBILT MANSION NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE 4097 Albany Post Road Hyde Park, NY 12538 This palatial mansion is a five example of homes built by 19th-century millionaires. This particular home was constructed by Frederick W. Vanderbilt, a grandson of Cornelius Vanderbilt. MARTIN VAN BUREN NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE 1013 Old Post Road Kinderhook, NY 12106 (518) 758-9689 Lindenwald was the retirement home of Martin Van Buren, eighth President of the United States, and one of the principal architects of the Democratic Party. The mansion has been restored to its appearance during Van Buren's time. SAINT PAUL'S CHURCH NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE 897 South Columbus Ave. Mount Vernon, NY 10550 (914) 667-4116 This 18th-century church is associated with the trial of John Peter Zenger and the fight for freedom of the press. The church was completed in 1787. The Bill of Rights museum occupies the former parish hall. UPPER DELAWARE SCENIC & RECREATIONAL RIVER RR 2 Box 2428 Beach Lake, PA 18405-9737 570-685-4871 This is a 73.4-mile stretch of free-flowing river between Hancock and Sparrow Bush, N.Y., along the Pennsylvania-New York border. Public fishing and boating access are provided. The area also is home to the Roebling Bridge, believed to be the oldest, existing, wire cable suspension bridge. The Zane Grey home and museum are also here. FIRE ISLAND NATIONAL SEASHORE 120 Laurel St. Patchogue, NY 11772 (631) 289-4810 Ocean-washed beaches, dunes, Fire Island Light, and the nearby estate of William Floyd, a signer of the Declaration of Independence, make this park a blend of recreation, preservation, and conservation. Located only one hour east of New York City, the park is a world apart from the bustling communities surrounding it. FORT STANWIX NATIONAL MONUMENT 112 E. Park St. Rome, NY 13440 (315) 336-2090 The American stand here in August 1777 was a major factor in repulsing the British invasion from Canada. The fort was also the site of the treaty of Fort Stanwix with the Iroquois Nov. 5, 1768. The current fort is a complete reconstruction. WOMEN'S RIGHTS NATIONAL HISTORICAL PARK 136 Fall Street Seneca Falls, NY 13148 (315) 568-2991 Located in Seneca Falls, this park commemorates women's struggle for equal rights and includes the Wesleyan Methodist Chapel, the site of the first Women's Rights Convention in 1848, the Elizabeth Cady Stanton home, the M'Clintock House where the Declaration of Rights and Sentiments was written, and other sites related to notable early women's rights activists. SARATOGA NATIONAL HISTORIC PARK 648 Route 32 Stillwater, NY 12170 (518) 664-9821 The American victory here over the British in 1777 was the turning point of the Revolution and one of the decisive battles in world history. Maj. Gen. Philip Schuyler's country home and the 154-foot Saratoga monument are nearby.

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