National Historic Parks and Monuments in New York

Danielle Call

National Parks have gotten a huge boost this year with the shift to more outdoor activities. But did you know, there's more to national parks than the Grand Canyon or Yellowstone? These are some of the many National Historical Parks you can visit in New York State such as Hyde Park, the home of FDR or The Grange, the home of Alexander Hamilton.

National Historic Parks and Monuments in New York

By Danielle Call
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National Parks have gotten a huge boost this year with the shift to more outdoor activities. But did you know, there's more to national parks than the Grand Canyon or Yellowstone? These are some of the many National Historical Parks you can visit in New York State such as Hyde Park, the home of FDR or The Grange, the home of Alexander Hamilton.
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  • Women's Rights National Historical Park
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    • mustangdmv Here you will learn about the fight for women's rights from the first meeting held in 1848 where women, abolitionists, and progressive reformers met to change human and civil rights for the better.

         
  • Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site
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    • mustangdmv Located near FDR and Elenor Roosevelt's homes, the Vanderbilt Mansion is a beautiful home from the long gone gilded era. Visit this National Historic Park to learn about one of the first wealthiest families in America.

         
  • Stonewall National Monument
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    • mustangdmv Visit the Stonewall Monument and the Stonewall Inn to learn about the struggle of inclusion for LGBTQ people. Before the Stonewall Inn, there were very few safe spaces for people to truly be themselves and the importance of Stonewall and what it stood for continues today.

         
  • Saratoga National Historical Park
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    • mustangdmv The site of the Battle of Saratoga and the first turning point of the American Revolution, visit this historical park to learn about why this was such an important battle for the future of America.

         
  • Niagara Falls National Heritage Area
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    • mustangdmv One of the most famous waterfalls in the country, Niagara Falls spans the border between Canada and the United States. Cross the bridge and look down on the falls or take the Maid of the Mist to experience the falls from the water.

         
  • Martin Van Buren National Historic Site
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    • mustangdmv While something of an enigma to people today, Martin Van Buren was very active in politics and progressive farming in the pre-Civil War era. Visit his home in Kinderhook and learn about his life and political views, which did not always coexist.

         
  • Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration
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    • mustangdmv We all know that millions of immigrants that came to the shores of America first stepped foot on Ellis Island. Even my grandparents came through here when they were very young. Take a boat ride through New York Harbor to explore Ellis Island Museum, and to learn about what people had to go through before they were granted access to the "land of the free".

         
  • General Grant National Memorial
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    • mustangdmv General Grant National Memorial is the final resting place of Ulysses S Grant and his wife. It is also the largest Mausoleum in North America. Located on Riverside Drive in Manhattan, you can visit the site and then take a walk through Riverside Park along the river.

         
  • Federal Hall
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    • mustangdmv The home of the first US Congress and where George Washington gave his first inaugural address, Federal Hall is a beautiful display of architecture and history surrounded by modern day high finance of Wall Street and New York City.

         
  • Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor
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    • mustangdmv With many sites throughout New York State, the Erie Canal was one of the most influential modes of transportation before the invention of the railroad. Visit one of the many places along the canal to learn about the history and how it changed everything from travel to the shipping industry.

         
  • Castle Clinton National Monument
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    • mustangdmv Originally built as a fort to protect from a British invasion during the War of 1812, this fort has transformed throughout its life, reflecting the many changes that the city of New York has undergone throughout the years.

         
  • Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Site
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    • mustangdmv The Roosevelt family was a powerhouse in New York State and National politics, and Elenor Roosevelt was no exception to that. Visit her home at Valkill cottage learn about her life before and after FDR.

         
  • Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum
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    • mustangdmv A visit to FDR's house and library is one of the only National Parks that is also the site of his Presidential Library. Plan to spend a whole day here touring the house, library, and Elenor Roosevelts home Valkill cottage.

         
  • Harriet Tubman National Historical Park
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    • mustangdmv No doubt you have heard of Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad. Visit this National Park to learn about the life and work of Harriet Tubman from the Underground Railroad and beyond.

         
  • Alexander Hamilton Grange National Memorial
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    • mustangdmv While this is not the original location of Hamilton's home on Manhattan, the house itself was moved twice, once in 1889 and the second in 2008 to where it is now in St. Nicholas Park. Visit the Grange to learn about Hamilton's history as a soldier, statesman, and son in law to Philip Schuyler.