The Top 10 Historical Sites in New York!

New York State played a pivotal role in U.S. history, with Manhattan, miles of Atlantic coastline, the crucial Hudson River, and access to the Great Lakes. Today, the state has ample sites for history buffs to explore. Here are 10 fascinating historical sites in New York State. 

1. Grand Central Terminal, New York, NY

Constructed in 1903 to relieve commuter train congestion, Grand Central Terminal has been called one of the most majestic buildings of the 20th century. Head to the main concourse, where you’ll be amazed by the constellations painted on the ceiling and the stunning opal-faced clock in the middle of the commuter rush.

2. Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor, Upstate New York, NY

The Erie Canal was a marvel of engineering during the 1800s, connecting the Great Lakes of the Midwest to the Atlantic Ocean on the East Coast. Five-hundred miles of the waterway crosses upstate New York, and many areas are open to visitors. Museums, cycling, and boating are all available, allowing you to experience the canal up close.

3. Fort Ticonderoga, Ticonderoga, NY

This gorgeous fort on Lake Champlain’s eastern shore played a pivotal role in American history during the 1700s, namely the French and Indian War and The Revolutionary War. Today, the fort is a history museum, running tours, reenactments, and educational programs on the historic grounds.

4. Darwin D. Martin House, Buffalo, NY

Considered one of the finest early works of the famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright, this six-building complex underwent a massive restoration project and is now open to the public. Completed in 1905 and considered his “opus,” the plans for the complex remained on the wall near Wright’s drawing desk for 50 years. Visitors today can roam the grounds and take tours of the interior. 

5. Franklin D. Roosevelt National Historic Site, Hyde Park, NY

Hyde Park was the lifelong home of FDR, one of America’s most influential presidents. On the 800-acre grounds, the former president held his famous Fireside Chats and had many important meetings. Today, you can see his home, “Springwood,” the Presidential Library and Museum, and Eleanor Roosevelt’s Val-Kill Cottage.

6. Montauk Point Light, Montauk, NY

Built in 1797, this lighthouse on the easternmost tip of Long island is the fourth-oldest operating lighthouse in the country. Authorized by President George Washington himself, building Montauk Lighthouse was the United States’ first public works project. Today, visitors can climb up to the top and peer out over the balcony.

7. Phillipsburg Manor House, Sleepy Hollow, NY

This still-operating gristmill and farm was established in this mid-1700s by the Philipses, a family of prominent Dutch landowners. Today, the grounds are open to educational tours, where visitors can wander the 300-year-old manor house and partake in hands-on experiences like working flax into linen. 

8. United States Military Academy, West Point, NY

West Point, located along a curve of the Hudson River, was considered by George Washington to be the most important stronghold in America during the revolution. Since 1802, the United States Military Academy has been on the site, training and refining generations of the country’s finest members of the military. Visitors can tour the premises between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. daily.

9. Playland, Rye, NY

This iconic amusement park has been in operation since 1928, with many of the rides still standing. Visitors to Playland can ride the famous wooden Dragon Coaster, which has been featured in many films and videos, see free concerts during the summer, swim in the Long Island Sound, and go ice skating at the Ice Casino.

10. Tenement Museum, New York, NY

This beautifully-restored tenement building on the Lower East Side pays homage to the housing conditions of countless immigrants in the city’s history. Immaculately designed, each room in the museum shows what it would have been like to be an immigrant living in New York City during the 1800s.

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170 Broadway, Amityville, NY
Mission: The mission of the Society is to operate and maintain a Museum, encourage and promote the discovery, collection, preservation and display... Read More
215 Main Street, Northport, NY
About Us:The mission of the Northport Historical Society is to preserve and promote pride in the heritage of Northport and its surrounding communit... Read More
50 Rondout Landing, Kingston, NY
The Hudson River Maritime Museum is the only museum in New York State exclusively preserving the maritime history of the Hudson River, its tributar... Read More
89 East Strand Street, Kingston, NY
Mission Statement: The Trolley Museum of New York is a non-profit educational corporation chartered by the New York State Board of Regents. It was... Read More
2682 Route 209, Stone Ridge, NY
History : Built in the 1680s as a one-room settler's dwelling, the Bevier House today reflects the history of the Hudson Valley and its inhabitant... Read More
115 Prospect Street, Port Jefferson, NY
The Historical Society of Greater Port Jefferson was founded in 1967. Its purpose is to discover, preserve and disseminate knowledge about the hist... Read More
NYS Rts 394 & 20, Moore Park, Westfield, NY
The house was built in 1818 by pioneer James McClurg, the wealthy son of a Pittsburgh industrialist. Its grand salons and formal rooms stood in sha... Read More
725 Route 25 (Middle Country Rd.), Ridge, NY
Museum Hours Call for hours. Tour by appointment only by calling (631) 924-8114  Closed Sundays  CLOSED ALL HOLIDAYS  Read More
70 Lower High St, Phoenicia, NY
History From the late 1800's through the 1940's the rugged steam locomotives of the Ulster & Delaware, Catskill Mountain Railroad, New York C... Read More
54 Webster Street, North Tonawanda, NY
The mission of the North Tonawanda History Museum is to assemble, preserve, protect, and exhibit collections pertaining to the history of North Ton... Read More
764 Route 9 West, Ulster Park, NY
About Us The Klyne Esopus Museum, located in Ulster Park, New York, is housed in a former Dutch country church built in 1827. The museum offers a ... Read More
1303 Round Swamp Road, Old Bethpage, NY
Old Bethpage village restoration provides visitors with a unique and wonderful opportunity to step back in time and experience life in a recreated ... Read More
50 Fite Road, Saugerties, NY
About Us:In the early 1970s, after he had retired as a professor at Bard College, Fite took time out from Opus 40 to build a museum to house his di... Read More
107 East Deer Park Road, Dix Hills, NY
About Us:The Art League of Long Island is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to broad-based visual arts education, providing a forum and showc... Read More
76 Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa, NY
Situated in the heart of Ballston Spa, NY is a museum whose mission is to preserve the history of our nation's first major industry: Bottle making.... Read More
3755 Tonawanda Creek Road, Amherst, NY
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15 Nott Terrace Heights, Schenectady, NY
Mission: At the Schenectady Museum & Suits-Bueche Planetarium, all our exhibits, programs, and events are designed with our Mission in mind: ... Read More
421 Reynolds Street, Scotia, NY
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303 Mohawk Avenue, Scotia, NY
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69 Caroline Street, Saratoga Springs, NY
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