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Franklin D. Roosevelt Home National Historic Site

Groups can participate in all sorts of historical and ecological activities, exploring FDR’s childhood interests and experiences to introduce them to his background, and later influence. 4097 Albany Post Road, Hyde Park, New York 12538. Tel: 845-486-1966.... More Info

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1812 Homestead Farm & Museum

4403 Rte. 22, Willsboro, NY 12996. 518-963-7816. Offers hands-on experience of daily rural life on an early 1800s farm. Fee.

Boscobel House and Gardens

Tour a Federal-period house, set with Federal furniture, art, and beautiful gardens. 1601 Rte. 9D, Garrison, NY 10524. Tel: 845-265-3638. Cost: Fee.

Brookside Museum

Experience hands-on history at this 1792 hotel building in the historic Village of Ballston Spa. 6 Charlton Street, Ballston Spa, NY 12020. Tel: 518-885-4000. Cost: Fee.

Buffalo and Erie County Naval & Military Park

1 Naval Park Cove, Buffalo, NY 14202. 716-847-1773. Large inland naval park is home of the USS Little Rock, USS The Sullivans and the USS Croaker. Exhibit highlights: Contributions of African Americans to Military Heritage, Women in the Military, Marine Corps and Vietnam Veterans. Fee.

Eleanor Roosevelt Historic Site at Val-Kill

Visit the beloved home of Eleanor Roosevelt and the only National Historic Site dedicated to a first lady. 54 Valkill Park Road, Hyde Park, NY 12538. Tel: 845-229-9422. Cost: Free.

Erie Canal Village

5789 Rome New London Rd. (Rtes. 46 & 49), Rome, NY 13440. 315-337-3999. Outdoor living history museum that features a reconstructed 19th century settlement. Fee.

Fort William Henry

Learn about the weapons and warfare of the 18th century through cannon firing, musket ball molding demonstrations, and museum exhibits. 48 Canada Street, Lake George, NY 12845. Tel: 518-668-5471. Cost: Fee.

Harriet Tubman Home

Your group will learn about Tubman’s life through preserved personal items, archival exhibits, and informed tours from an experienced docent. 80 S Street Rd., Auburn, New York 13021. Tel: 315-252-2081. Cost: Fee.

Heritage Village of the Southern Finger Lakes

59 W. Pulteney St., Corning, NY 14830. 607-937-5281. Interpreters describe the lives of Steuben County residents from 1790s-1890s. Exhibits include an inn, log cabin, blacksmith school, depot, barn, and schoolhouse. Fee.

Historic Cherry Hill

523 1/2 S. Pearl St., Albany, NY 12202. 518-434-4791. Travel back in time with age-appropriate programs including the “Hudson River Trading Game”, an interactive activity that immerses students in 18th century trade and economics through role-playing on a 34-foot game board and a planetarium experience. Fee.

John Brown Farm & Gravesite

Visit the home and grave of abolitionist John Brown. 115 John Brown Road, Lake Placid, NY 12946. Tel: 518-523-3900. Cost: Fee.

John Jay Homestead

Groups will learn about John Jay’s role in creating a Revolutionary War spy network by looking for secret messages in the museum and creating their own secret messages with invisible ink. 400 Jay St., Katonah, NY 10536. Tel: 914-232-5651 ext. 101. Cost: Fee.

Kykuit: The Rockefeller Estate

Experience the estate of one of the most influential figures of the Industrial Revolution! 381 N Broadway, Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591. Tel: 914-336-6900. Cost: Fee.

Locust Grove, The Samuel Morse Historic Site

Step back in time at this 200-acre estate and learn about the technology that made morse code and the telegraph possible. 2683 South Rd., Poughkeepsie, NY 12601. Tel: 845-454-4500. Cost: Fee.

Senate House State Historic Site

See paintings by Ammi Phillips, Joseph Tubby, James Bard, and Thomas Sully at this 1777 New York Senate House. 296 Fair St, Kingston, NY 12401. Tel: 845-338-2786. Cost: Fee.

Washington Irving's Sunnyside

1 West Sunnyside Ln., Tarrytown, NY 10533. 914-631-8200. Hear about Washington Irving's storied past and how he came to be America's first internationally famous author, best remembered now for “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” and other short stories. Fee.

Women's Rights National Historical Park

View the bronzed statues of women’s rights leaders, abolitionists, and other 19th century activists, and learn about their struggle to be accepted as equals. 136 Fall St., Seneca Falls, NY 13148. Tel: 315-568-2991. Cost: Free.