Basic Information

aerial photo 2011
An aerial view of the park showing facilities, parking and surrounding farmland.

Michael Frederick

Operating Hours & Seasons

Both the visitor center and Lindenwald, Martin Van Buren's home, are open seasonally. Please check our current facility hours and tour times when planning your visit.

Please note that access to Lindenwald is available through
guided tour only.

There is no charge to walk the grounds which is available year round from 7:00 a.m. to sunset. Pick up a brochure and site bulletin in the parking lot and follow the three quarter-mile wayside loop to learn more about the founder of the Democratic Party.

Visitor Center

The park's visitor center is located across Old Post Road from the visitor parking lot, and is open seasonally. Check in there first to learn about programs and sign up for tours of the Lindenwald mansion.

Fees & Passes

There are no fees to enter Martin Van Buren National Historic Site or to tour President Van Buren's home. Visitors must, however, register for a tour of the house by stopping at the visitor center.


The weather at Martin Van Buren National Historic Site is typical of the northeast United States;it varies considerably throughout the year. Always check the forecast prior to your visit and dress accordingly. Be sure to wear comfortable walking shoes as well.


Pets are welcome at Martin Van Buren NHS, but must be kept on a leash no longer than six feet at all time. The park grounds are open for recreation, such as dog walking, from 7:00 AM to sunset year round. Remember, please clean up after your pet.

Pets of any kind, except for service animals, are not permitted inside any historic structure or other building.

Remember: NEVER leave your pet in a closed vehicle in the parking lot.

Permits & Reservations

Special uses of the park, like weddings or commercial filming, require permits. Picnic tables may be used for free on a first-come, first-serve basis. Schools and organized groups may reserve guided tours of the historic site.
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Goods & Services

Just north of the park the villages of Kinderhook and Valatie offer dining, shopping, gas, and other commercial services. Additional goods and services may be found in the city of Hudson, ten miles south of the park .

Last updated: May 13, 2024

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Contact Info

Mailing Address:

Martin Van Buren NHS
1013 Old Post Road

Kinderhook, NY 12106-3605


518 764-1041

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