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New York Boasts A Treasure Trove of National Parks

Bring some friends out to the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area. Learn about the art, architecture, and history of the Hudson Valley. Brush up on the significance the region had in the American Revolution, the Industrial Revolution, as well as in present-day America. Take a drive out to Seneca Falls and visit Women’s Rights National Historical Park.

Visit the Wesleyan Methodist Church, which hosted the Seneca Falls Convention; the first women’s rights convention. Go for a drive on the Votes for Women’s History Trail and see the Susan B. Anthony House and Mount Hope Cemetery in Rochester, the childhood home of Antoinette Louisa Brown Blackwell in Henrietta, and M’Clintock House in Waterloo.

Head out north of Albany and see Saratoga National Historical Park, which preserves the site of the Battles of Saratoga, which propelled American forces in the Revolutionary War. Take the rare opportunity to go swimming, bird watching, boating, camping, and hiking in an urban environment at Gateway National Recreation Area.          

Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area

Stretched across 10 counties throughout the New York Metro region, central New York, and as far north as Saratoga Springs, the Hudson Valley National Heritage Area acts as a unified series of over 20 sites with historical, cultural, and environmental significance found along the Hudson River. The region was acknowledged in 1996.

Beginning in New York City, sites like the St. Paul’s Church National Historic Site can be found. Heading north, towns like Nyack through West Coxsackie house the Camp Shanks WWII Museum and the Bronck Museum. Continuing north, Albany features must-sees like the Empire State Plaza Art Collection and the New York State Capitol.

Women's Rights National Historical Park

Established in 1980, the Women's Rights National Historical Park is located in Seneca Falls in New York's Finger Lakes region. Covering nearly seven acres and managed by the National Park Service, park preserves the site of the first Women’s Rights Convention in 1848.

Drawing over 25,000 visitors each year, Women's Rights National Historical Park consists of the Wesleyan Chapel, the Elizabeth Cady Stanton House, the M'Clintock House, and the Richard Hunt House.

Visitors may tours these historic sites, or check out the visitor center exhibits on the Women's Rights Movement, and the film, "Dreams of Equality."

Saratoga National Historical Park

An official United States National Historical Park, Saratoga National Historical Park is 40 miles north of Albany in the Hudson Valley region.

The park commemorates and preserves the site of the Battles of Saratoga – the first important victory over the British army during the American Revolutionary War.

Visitors to the park will find several historical buildings and monuments, including Masonic Saratoga Monument and the General Phillip Schuyler House.

History buffs revel in the remains of the Marshall House, built in 1773 before being bombarded by American troops who suspected it to be an enemy headquarters.

Gateway National Recreation Area

Covering over 26,000 acres and three boroughs in the NYC metro area, the Gateway National Recreation Area is an open area managed by the National Park Service.

The recreation area consists of three units and 11 park sites in the Port of New York and New Jersey. Gateway National Recreation Area is comprised of the Jamaica Bay Unit, the Staten Island Unit, and the Sandy Hook Unit in New Jersey.

The parks within are ideal for swimming, hiking, boating, and wildlife viewing in places like the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, Great Kills Park, and even the clothing-optional Gunnison Beach.