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Explore the past; look into the future in state heritage areas

Discover New York's rich legacy at the State Heritage Areas, special places where we honor history, celebrate the present, and plan the future of our communities. Whether you are seeking to stimulate your mind, exercise your muscles, or delight your senses, you'll find something to enjoy at a Heritage Area.

The Heritage Area System (formerly known as the Urban Cultural Park System) is a state-local partnership established to preserve and develop areas that have special significance to New York State. From the Great Lakes to the eastern tip of Long Island, the Heritage Areas encompass some of the state's most significant natural, historic, and cultural resources, as well as the people and programs that keep them vital.

Start your visit at a Heritage Area Visitor Center, then tour the Heritage Areas and all they have to offer—glorious vistas, exquisite architecture, informative exhibits, lively festivals, enticing shops, dynamic downtowns, and fascinating stories.

From rural charm to urban hustle and bustle, Heritage Areas offer something of interest to everyone. We invite you to explore the past and look into the future in New York State's Heritage Areas! For information on visiting a Heritage Area, make your selection from the drop-down list below. Learn more on grants for carrying out Heritage Area projects.

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