Historic Hudson Valley Membership
A Historic Hudson Valley membership can grant you entrance to such sites as Philipsburg Manor, Van Cortlandt Manor, and Sunnyside, writer Washington Irving’s estate. A family of five can get access to all of these, plus events like the Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze (a $97 value). Family memberships (2 adults and up to 3 children) are $160, and individual memberships are $60, with a $10 discount for seniors.
Olana State Historic Site
Two-hundred-and-fifty acres of an artist’s vision, the grounds of the Olana State Historic site were designed entirely by painter Frederic Church, along with the Victorian Villa that overlooks it all; a family membership of $75 gets unlimited admission to the house, along with free admission to many tours.
Locust Grove Estate
Get a stunning elevated view of the Hudson River from the porch of Samuel F. B. Morse’s historic villa, along with lush gardens, waterfalls along carriage-road hiking trails, and early telegraph models for free; guided tours inside the mansion: $12 for adults and $6 for those 18 and under.
Visit the site where General Washington rejected the notion of a monarchy in America and founded what would become the Purple Heart, and climb to the top of the Tower of Victory for a breathtaking view of Mount Beacon; tours: $4 for adults and $3 for students and seniors.
U.S. Military Academy at West Point/Trophy Point
West Point is the oldest occupied military post in the nation and George Washington’s most strategic position; a one-hour-and-fifteen-minute bus tour, which makes stops at Cadet Chapel, Trophy Point, and more, is $17 per adult and $13 per child.
West Point, www.westpointtours.com
Knox’s Headquarters State Historic Site
General Henry Knox and other prominent Revolutionary War figures utilized the grounds at Vails Gate as their military headquarters; tours: $3 for adults and $2 for students and seniors.
Vails Gate, www.parks.ny.gov/historic-sites
Stephen and Harriet Myers Residence
Engage in interactive tours at an important base for the Northeastern Underground Railroad Movement. $10 per adult and $5 per student.
Senate House State Historic Site
The first meeting for the New York Senate took place at a modest stone house in Kingston, which can be toured in groups for $3/person. Admission: $4 for adults and free for those 12 and under.
Empire State Parks Pass
For $80 you get admission and parking at all NYS Parks including local favorites such as Bear Mountain ($2 carousel rides!), Harriman Park (two lakeside beaches), and the Mills Mansion in Staatsburg, plus popular tourist destinations in New York like Niagara Falls and the Robert Moses State Park on Long Island. Additional passes and programs are available for those 62 and older, veterans, and people with disabilities.
National Parks Free Entrance Days
On select national holidays throughout the year, National Parks are free to enter without charge. Also, due to the National Parks Service’s Every Kid in a Park initiative, all fourth grade students can visit the parks for free during their entire school year into the summer.
National Fee-Free Entrance Days: January 21, April 20, August 25, September 28, November 11
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