Visit all the National Parks in New York

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New York has over 20 National Park Service units.  The sites range from small, relatively unknown sites to some of the most iconic places in the United States.  The National Park Service in New York cares for the Statue of Liberty, Erie Canal, and Niagara Falls among others. Here is the full list in alphabetical order.  Be sure to leave us a note in the comments about how many have you visited!

National Park Units in New York – Map provided by nps.gov

 

Visit all the National Park Service Units in New York

African Burial Ground National Monument

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After being rediscovered in the 1990’s in lower Manhattan, the African Burial Grounds was excavated and extensively studied.  In 2006, George Bush used the Antiquities Act of 1906 to declare the site a national monument. Once lost for decades in the development and urban environment of Manhattan, the African Burial Grounds is a reminder of centuries past and the history of the area.

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Available in the visitor center – Located on the first floor of the Ted Weiss Federal Building at 290 Broadway New York, NY 10007, between Duane Street and Reade Street.

Appalachian National Scenic Trail

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The Appalachian Trail may not be the longest trail in the US but is the most famous. The trail was originally conceived in the 1920’s and completed in the late 1930’s. Today a wide network of conservancy groups maintains the trail across 14 states.  The New York portion travels through several state parks and crosses the Hudson River.

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With the trail running through 14 states there are many locations where you can get the official park stamp however the main office is at the Appalachian Trail Conservancy Headquarters and Visitor Center, Harpers Ferry National Historical Park, 799 Washington St, Harpers Ferry, WV 25425

Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail

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Commemorating the 400 years of history since John Smith landed in Chesapeake Bay, the trail allows visitors and hikers to learn more about what the New World was like for the first Europeans in America.

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For a complete list of sites where you can get the stamp, visit this page

Castle Clinton National Monument – New York City

Castle Clinton National Monument

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Located only blocks from Wall Street and the World Trade Center, Castle Clinton is the site where millions of immigrants were welcomed to America in the 19th century before Ellis Island. Originally known as the West Battery, in 1815 the site was renamed Castle Clinton after New York City Mayor DeWitt Clinton.

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Located in the Ranger Station or in the visitor center bookstore in “The Battery”

Battery Park, New York, NY 10004

Chesapeake Bay Watershed

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Chesapeake Bay is one of the largest estuaries in the United States and provides visitors with a range of fishing, boating, kayaking, and outdoor recreational opportunities.

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In Maryland at the – Fort McHenry NM Visitor Center or Thomas Stone NHS Visitor Center

In Virginia at the – George Washington Birthplace NM Visitor Center or the Arlington House Slave Quarters Bookstore

Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Site

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Eleanor Roosevelt may be known as the wife of Franklin Roosevelt and longest-serving first lady but she also had her own political career. After Franklin died in 1945 she served as a commissioner to the UN on Human Rights and later on the Presidential Commission on the Status of Women.  This National Historic Site tells the story of her influence as a political leader throughout her life.

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Visitor Center located at: 106 Valkill Park Rd, Hyde Park, NY 12538

Ellis Island – Officially part of the Statue of Liberty National Monument

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Ellis Island served as the doorway to America following Castle Clinton in the late 19th century and into the 20th century. A majority of immigrants were only here for a few hours of processing before being granted the ability to move ashore. However, the site is infamously known for the few percent of people who were subject to cruel inspections and the splitting of families when people were declared unfit for entry into the US.

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Ellis Island Information Center or the Museum Bookstore –both are located on the island and you have to take a ferry!

Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor

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An engineering marvel of the 19th century, the Erie Canal allowed people to cut the cost of moving grains and other goods to the east and allowed New York City to grow as fast as it did. After nearly 200 years the canal is still going strong. With the correct permit you can kayak or cruise a portion during your visit!

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Niagara County Historical Society Erie Canal Discover Center located at 24 Church Street Lockport, NY 14094. Additionally the stamp can be found in at least 10 other locations around the site.

The inside of Federal Hall National Monument

Federal Hall National Memorial

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During our recent visit to Federal Hall we were surprised to see it is located right on Wall Street across from the New York Stock Exchange. When you think about the history of the American political system it is easy to think that Washington D.C was always the center. However, Federal Hall reminds us that our government actually started on Wall Street where George Washington was sworn in as the first president, the first congress was held and supreme court convened.

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Visitor Center in Federal Hall located at 26 Wall Street New York, NY 10005

 

Fire Island National Seashore

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If you are in the New York City area and looking for a long walk on the beach, the Fire Island National Seashore can offer you just that! With over 20 miles of sandy beaches just outside of NYC, Fire Island offers a fantastic opportunity to get out and explore the coastline.

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Fire Island NS Patchogue Ferry Terminal: 120 Laurel Street Patchougue, NY 11772 or 6 other locations.

 

Fort Stanwix National Monument

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Fort Stanwix was a key fort in the battles for independence from England. Located in the heart of the state of New York, this is a “must see” for history buffs!

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Fort Stanwix NM Visitor Center located at: 112 East Park Street Rome, NY 13440

 

Gateway National Recreation Area

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The Gateway National Recreation Area is located in the area surrounding the bay at the confluence of the Hudson River. The 3 separate units of the recreation area include Jamaica Bay to the north, Sandy Hook New Jersey to the south and Staten Island to the West.

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Available in multiple locations do to the three separate geographic units. The main locations being the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center, Sandy Hook Lighthouse, and the Miller Field Ranger Station location on Staten Island. More information on the hours of the Staten Island sites can be found here.

 

General Grant National Monument

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Located on a hill overlooking the Hudson River, General Grant’s Tomb is the largest mausoleum in North America. As a Civil War hero and two-time president Grant was looked highly upon by many around the world and the fundraising effort for the Mausoleum became the largest public fundraising effort ever to date. Over 90,000 people donated to the construction!

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Address: West 122nd St & Riverside Dr, New York, NY 10027 – Bookstore is located across the street (down the stairs) from the actual Monument.

 

Governors Island National Monument

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For almost 200 years Governors Island served as a military base and then the Coast Guard’s largest installation. Now over the past decade the island has undergone a period of restoration and is partly ran by the National Park Service. If you plan to visit, remember the island is only open to the public for 5 months during the summer and you have to take a ferry to get there.

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Currently closed for the season – Ferry service to the island will be posted here when it reopens for Summer 2017. Stamp should be available at the Castle Williams Bookstore on the island.

Hamilton Grange National Memorial

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After several moves across Harlem, Alexander Hamilton’s country home is now in St. Nicolas Park. Originally built in 1802 on 32 acres, The Grange provides visitors a glimpse back in time to the early days of Manhattan. It is hard to imagine a 32 acre country estate in Manhattan today.

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Hamilton Grange Memorial Bookstore located at: 414 W 141st St, New York, NY 10031

 

Home of Franklin D Roosevelt National Historic Site

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Franklin D Roosevelt’s historic home also serves as the location of the first Presidential library. Over the past few decades each president has started a library following their presidency which is a tradition started by FDR.

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Henry A Wallace Visitor Center 4097 Albany Post Road, Hyde Park, NY 12538

 

Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area

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Spanning the 150 miles from New York City to the capitol in Albany the Heritage area has 100’s of years worth of history waiting to be explored!

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Located at a number of sites along the river from New York City to Albany, NY – A notable location is the Hudson River Museum – 511 Warburton Ave, Yonkers, NY 1070

Lower East Side Tenement Museum National Historic Site

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The Tenement museum is a historic reminder for many of us (we both have ancestors that went through New York and Elis Island) today that consider ourselves “Americans.” Our relatives, along with millions more, only a few generations ago were considered immigrants and this site provides a unique perspective considering the conversations about immigration today.

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Lower East Side Tenement Museum Bookshop, 103 Orchard Street New York, NY 10002

 

Martin Van Buren National Historic Site

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The Home of Martin Van Buren, our 8th president, is another example of the historic sites that follow the Hudson River between New York City and Albany. This 36 room mansion is where Van Buren ran his presidential campaigns and also where he retired to after the presidency.

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Visitor Center located at: 1013 Old Post Road, Kinderhook, NY 12106

 

Niagara Falls National Heritage Area

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People have enjoyed the beauty of Niagara Falls and the surrounding area for over 200 years. Given North America’s hunger for power and industry the Heritage Area tells the story of Niagara Falls and explains a couple hundred years of the competing interests – natural beauty, power production, and transportation on the river.

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Niagara Falls USA Official Visitor Center – 10 Rainbow Blvd, Niagara Falls, NY14303

 

Sagamore Hill National Historic Site

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The home of one of the most famous presidents, Sagamore Hill is one of several historic sites dedicated to President Theodore Roosevelt. This is also where the president died and his wife Edith lived for the 29 years before her death in 1948.

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Visitor center at 20 Sagamore Hill Road, Oyster Bay NY 11771

 

Saint Paul’s Church National Historic Site

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Built in 1764, Saint Paul’s church has served many functions over the years including as a hospital for British soldiers during the Civil War, a church for the locals, and today as a National Historic Site.

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St. Paul’s Church National Historic Site – 897 South Columbus Ave. Mt. Vernon, NY 10550

 

Saratoga National Historical Park

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Saratoga was a turning point in the Revolutionary War and is considered the first time in world history that the British army ever surrendered. The clout America gained from this victory led to other European nations joining the American cause and is credited for turning the tide of the Revolution in America’s favor.

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Visitor Center – 648 NY-32 Stillwater, NY 12170

Statue of Liberty National Monument

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The Statue of Liberty = EPIC. Need we say anything further…?

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Visitor Center and/or bookstore on Liberty Island – must take the ferry!

Stonewall National Monument

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Declared a National Monument by the Obama administration in 2016, Stonewall is the first site dedicated to the historic struggles of the LBGTQ community. It was the 412th unit added to the National Park Service. It commemorates and protects the area around Stonewall Inn where the June 1969 uprising ignited the fight for equal rights for LBGTQ Americans.

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Visitor resources are not yet developed – Most Lower Manhattan NPS sites have the stamp (such as  Federal Hall, Hamilton Grange, Castle Clinton, General Grant’s Memorial

Front parlor of the Roosevelt Home at Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace National Memorial

Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace National Historic Site

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During our 2016 visit to New York City we went on the tour of this Historic Site and found one of the most interesting things to be Teddy’s childhood chair. As a very unhealthy child Teddy was susceptible to rashes and other reactions from the upholstery of the time so his family gave him a small felt covered chair. This chair is still in the home today in the place believed to be where he would sit during family conversations.

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Visitor Center and Bookstore – 28 East 20th Street New York, NY 10003

 

Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site

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After the assassination of President McKinley, Theodore Roosevelt was unexpectedly launched into the nations highest office and quickly became one of the most important and influential presidents in our history. This site tells the story of the abrupt transition and its impacts on our country still today.

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Visitor Center located at 641 Delaware Ave. Buffalo, NY 14202

 

Thomas Cole National Historic Site

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Thomas’s home dates back to the early 19th century and was the location where he led a school was a notable landscape painter of the time.

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Visitor Center located at: 218 Spring Street, Catskill, NY 12414  – Note the stamp is also for the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area

Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River

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Consisting of over 55,500 acres, the Upper Delaware consists of a collection of conservation easements and only 30 acres of federal land.

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Visitor Center located at: 274 River Road, Beach Lake, PA 18405

 

Vanderbilt Mansion

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Another example of the historic homes and architecture along the Hudson River, the Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site is a showcase of what life was like for a multi-millionaire in the 19thcentury. Today there are several homes built by the Vanderbilt’s (including the Breakers) that are open to the public.

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Visitor Center: 1 Vanderbilt Park Road Hyde Park, NY 12538

Washington-Rochambeau National Historic Trail

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The historic trail follows the routes through the eastern seaboard that George Washington and French General Rochambeau traversed on their journey to Yorktown and the eventual victory in the revolutionary war.

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Available along the trail in several states – In New Jersey: Morristown National Historical Park located at 30 Washington Place, Morristown, NJ 07960

Women’s Rights National Historical Park

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The Women’s Rights National historic park includes sites in and around Seneca Falls – the site of the first women’s rights conventions.

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Visitor Center: 136 Fall Street Seneca Falls, NY 13148

 

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