Following guidance from the White House, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and state and local public health authorities, Martin Van Buren National Historic Site is increasing recreational access and services. The National Park Service (NPS) is working servicewide with federal, state, and local public health authorities to closely monitor the COVID-19 pandemic and using a phased approach to increase access on a park-by-park basis.
Basics of Park Operations:
Beginning Saturday, July 18, Martin Van Buren National Historic Site will:
- Provide limited outdoor visitor services, including an information tent and short ranger programs
- Reopen access to park restrooms (one visitor at a time)
In addition, the following spaces continue to be available:
- Parking lot
- Park grounds and trails
With public health in mind, the following facilities remain closed at this time:
- Historic Lindenwald, Martin Van Buren’s post-presidency home
- The park visitor center and museum shop (with the exception of restrooms)
Beginning Saturday, July 18:
- Martin Van Buren’s Lindenwald: An Introduction to the Park offered daily at 10 am, 1 pm, and 3 pm.
- Ranger’s Choice offered daily at 11 am and 2 pm. Scheduled on a rotating basis, this program offers a look at special topics relating to Martin Van Buren, the park, and life in the 19th century.
- Information Tent: Staffed daily from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm.
Park hours and programs are subject to change based on staffing, weather, and public health recommendations regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. Please note that outdoor operations may be curtailed or cancelled due to excessive heat. Please check the alerts section of the website or the park Facebook page for any changes.
Outdoor programs come with environmental factors to consider. Please bring plenty of water, bug spray, and understand your own tolerance for heat exposure during the summer months.
If you are planning a visit later in the season, we kindly ask that you check back closer to the planned date for the most updated information.
The health and safety of our visitors, employees, volunteers, and partners continues to be paramount. At Martin Van Buren National Historic Site, our operational approach will be to examine each facility function and service provided to ensure those operations comply with current public health guidance, and will be regularly monitored. We continue to work closely with the NPS Office of Public Health using CDC guidance to ensure public and workspaces are safe and clean for visitors, employees, partners, and volunteers.
While these areas are accessible for visitors to enjoy, a return to full operations will continue to be phased and services may be limited. When recreating, the public should follow local area health orders, practice Leave No Trace principles, avoid crowding and avoid high-risk outdoor activities.
The CDC has offered guidance to help people recreating in parks and open spaces prevent the spread of infectious diseases. We will continue to monitor all park functions to ensure that visitors adhere to CDC guidance for mitigating risks associated with the transmission of COVID-19, and take any additional steps necessary to protect public health. The park requests that visitors follow CDC recommendations by ensuring a social distance of at least six feet from others, and wearing masks or cloth face coverings when social distancing is not possible.
The NPS encourages those not traveling to take advantage of the many digital tools already available to explore Martin Van Buren National Historic Site, including:
For more information, contact us.