Welcome to the Blenheim-Gilboa Visitors Center

The Visitors Center and Lansing Manor are opening this May! Reservations are required and you can submit a ‘Schedule a Tour’ form on this webpage. Starting May 3, we will be open for tours only on Monday, Wednesday and Friday (10 am to 2 pm). We look forward to welcoming you with your health and safety as our top priorities. Questions? Contact us at 800-724-0309.

View our Entry Requirements and Visitors FAQ for important information so you can plan accordingly, know what to expect during your tour, and the measures we’ve implemented to help protect your health and safety. Please note that separate reservations are required to visit both sites (the Visitors Center and Lansing Manor) and interactive exhibits and enclosed theatres are not available at this time.

Blenheim-Gilboa Visitors Center 1378 State Rte 30 North Blenheim, NY, 12131

800-724-0309

Limited Schedule Starting May 3 Open M, W, F (10 am to 2 pm) reservations required

21st Century Power Generation and 19th Century Living at Blenheim-Gilboa

The visitor experience at Blenheim-Gilboa is a triple play: The science of electricity and hydropower is on exhibit at the Visitors Center. Right beside it, history is preserved at Lansing Manor, a 19th century home. And it’s all surrounded by trails, boating, fishing, and other outdoor recreation.

The Visitors Center:
Housed in a 19th-century dairy barn, the Blenheim-Gilboa Visitors Center features interactive, hands-on exhibits that demonstrate how our power is made and how pumped storage is important to reliable electricity in New York State. Though we cannot hold special events at the moment, the visitors center traditionally hosts and holds free special events throughout the year including favorites like the Travelogue Series, Antique Car Show, Wildlife Festival, Halloween Haunted Tents, Zombie Run, Haunted History Tour, Festival of Trees and much more. 

Historic Lansing Manor:
On site at the Visitors Center is Lansing Manor. Listed in the National Register of Historic Places it is an early American country estate filled with authentic furnishings from the 19th century. John Lansing, who represented New York as a delegate to the Constitutional Convention in 1787 and the state's Ratification Convention in 1788, had the house built for his daughter and son-in-law in 1819.

Lansing Manor is filled with authentic furnishings and priceless antiques from the first half of the 19th century and contains 10 large rooms on two floors, plus a below-ground kitchen and other utility rooms and is a classic example of Federal period architecture.

Mine Kill State Park:
Mine Kill State Park overlooks the NY Power Authority's Blenheim-Gilboa Pumped Storage Power Project. Cascading 80 feet through a narrow gorge is Mine Kill Falls. Altogether, Mine Kill State Park 6.5 miles of trails, including a 3.5-mile section of the Long Path, a 347-mile trail that runs north from New York City to Thacher State Park in Albany County and is designated as a National Recreation Trail. The lower reservoir is stocked with trout and walleye and is ideal for motor boating, kayaking and water skiing.

The park has an Olympic size pool, wading pool and a diving pool available at no cost. Other warm weather activities include hiking and mountain biking on the park’s 8 miles of trails. The park also hosts soccer leagues and camps on its regulation sized athletic fields. In winter, visitors enjoy snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and snowmobiling.

You can also make use of NYPA’s tremendous recreational resources, get active and experience New York’s history, culture, and natural beauty - all while staying close to home, staying safe, socially distant, and enjoying free outdoor fun. Explore our Recreation and Staycation webpage for more info.

A visit to Blenheim-Gilboa