Take a break from the fast pace of New York City by traveling to one of these national parks just outside city limits. Both have historic significance that helped to shape what the Big Apple is today.
Thomas Edison National Historical Park
Thomas Edison National Historical Park is one of the more unique national parks in the country. It consists of Edison's home and laboratory, where he resided and invented things like the motion picture camera, phonographs, sound recordings, and silent movies. Kick off your visit with Invention Factory, a 20-minute long orientation film that tells the story of Edison's famous lab. See where this master inventor created the inventions that would change the world, and make sure to pace through the courtyard as he did when pondering new ideas.
Morristown National Historical Park
Established in 1933, Morristown National Historical Park is home to the quarters of General Washington and the Continental Army's encampment during through the treacherous winter of 1779. Get a first hand feel for their challenging living conditions on an interactive tour through a replica of a soldier's hut, and then walk through the Ford Mansion, the home that George Washington occupied during this time period. Not only is Morristown a memorial of a pivotal moment in our nation's history, but it is also the country's first national park.