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In observance of the founding of the National Park Service on August 25, 1916 and the 150th birthday of Theodore Roosevelt, Sagamore Hill National Historic Site will offer a fee-free day for all visitors on Monday, August 25. The normal fee of $5 per person will be waived for all visitors on that day.
Congress established the National Park Service on August 25, 1916, with thirty-five national parks and monuments administered under the Department of the Interior. This year the National Park Service is celebrating its 93rd birthday. Sagamore Hill was added to the system in 1962. Today, more than 390 units make up the National Park System.
Visitors will still need to obtain tickets to tour the home of the 26th president, which they should do upon arrival at the Visitor Center, located adjacent to the parking lot. Tours are offered on the hour on a first-come-first-served basis. Tours are limited to fourteen persons and it is very likely that all the tours will be filled before the last tour at 4:00pm actually occurs.
Plan to visit the Theodore Roosevelt Museum in the Old Orchard building while you are here or hike our Nature Trail which takes you to a wooden bridge crossing a marsh to Roosevelt family beach on Cold Spring Harbor. The nature trail provides a great opportunity to view native plant species, trees, and wildlife. The beach is for passive recreation only, swimming or launching of watercraft is strictly prohibited.
In addition, there are several free Junior Ranger activities for children which teaches them about the site’s history and natural environment. Completion of the activities earns them a certificate and their very own Junior Park Ranger badge! Activity booklets and information are available at the Visitor Center and Old Orchard building. For more information on this event and other events at Sagamore Hill please check out our website at www.nps.gov/sahi or call 516-922-4788 for more information.