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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.

Hudson, www.olana.org


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.

Poughkeepsie, www.lgny.org


Washington’s Headquarters

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.

Newburgh, www.parks.ny.gov/historic-sites


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.

Albany, www.undergroundrailroadhistory.org/the-stephen-and-harriet-myers-residence/


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.

Kingston, www.senatehousekingston.org

– State Parks & National Parks –


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

www.nps.gov/planyourvisit/fee-free-parks.htm and www.everykidoutdoors.gov/pass.htm


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Stony Point Battlefield State Historic Site

This famous Revolutionary War site of the Battle of Stony Point features the oldest lighthouse on the Hudson River.

Stony Point, www.parks.ny.gov/historic-sites/


Val-Kill (Eleanor Roosevelt Site)

The only National Historic Site dedicated to a first lady, the quaint cottage of Eleanor Roosevelt is available to visit by guided tour.

Hyde Park, www.nps.gov/elro


New York State Capitol Building

Tours of the magnificent building that has housed the center of government for New York since the 1880s are open to the public.

Albany, www.empirestateplaza.ny.gov


Historic Huguenot Street

Informational walking tours are offered for this historic district of uptown New Paltz where the French Huguenots first settled in the late 1600s.

New Paltz, www.huguenotstreet.org


Knickerbocker Mansion

Tour the 1780 historic home of the impactful Knickerbocker family in Rensselaer County and learn the history and culture of Old Schaghticoke.

Schaghticoke, www.knickmansion.com


West Point Foundry and Preserve

Many of the artillery cannons, steam engines, and ironclad ships produced in NY during the 1800s were made at this Cold Spring ironworks.

Cold Spring, www.scenichudson.org/parks/westpointfoundrypreserve



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