Our nation’s greatest battles still echo through the mountains and valleys of New York State. Learn about them all at the New York State Military Museum in Saratoga Springs, where over 10,000 artifacts dated from the Revolutionary War to Desert Storm. Downriver a bit, West Point Tours offers exciting guided tours of New York’s Military History at West Point, where George Washington, Robert E. Lee, U.S. Grant, Douglas MacArthur and Benedict Arnold walked the grounds.
The National Purple Heart Hall of Honor in New Windsor is a historic military site that honors America's bravest servicemen and servicewomen. Nearby, Washington's Headquarters and Fort Montgomery State Historic Sites bring our War of Independence to life with exhibits and demonstrations of artillery, musketry, music and camp life activities.
Historic military sites like Fort Edward, Fort Ticonderoga and Fort William Henry—made famous in James Fenimore Cooper’s "The Last of the Mohicans"—teach history like no book can hope to. At Old Fort Niagara, the thunder of cannon and musket echoes again in mock battles, while costumed guides at Oswego’s Fort Ontario reenact daily life in a military encampment.
Hooked on reenactments? Follow the exploits of the 124th New York State Volunteers, 1st Long Island Volunteers and 149th Regiment as they travel the state, staging famous period battles with startling realism.
Commemorating the Second World War, Camp Shanks WWII Museum in Orangeburg gives you a taste of barracks life at this point of departure for more than a million World War II dog-faces. At the Buffalo/Erie County Naval Park you can board the USS The Sullivans, a destroyer named for five brothers who all famously lost their lives on the same day. At Albany’s Empire State Plaza, the New York State Vietnam Memorial honors those who fell with a state honor roll, exhibition gallery and memorial courtyard.