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Turn your RV rental into a time machine of sorts and switch the focus of your trips to historical sites. They’re scattered near and far, high and low, and many have an entire park dedicated to just that. Consider booking a motorhome rental to the Women’s Rights National Historical Park in New York to gain insight into a huge civil rights movement that sparked major change for women across America in the 19th century whose ideals are still implemented today. It’s a pretty empowering place for you to book an RV.
Located in scenic Seneca County, the Women’s Rights National Historic Park aims to educate the public on the fight for equality across genders as well as other civil battles from the time period. The reason for its location within Seneca Falls is as simple as turning back the clock to 1848 when the First Women’s Rights Convention was taking place right here. The convention’s organizers were active abolitionists at the time, and much of their argument for equality stemmed from experience in the antislavery movement. Now, the history lesson could go on and on, or you could hop on in your camper rental and have the full experience for yourself.
Seeing as though the Women’s Rights National Historical Park is more history-based than your typical state park, there aren’t many physically intensive activities to be done inside the property. That isn’t to say, though, that the park doesn’t encourage you to get outside. The convention days are major events for the park. Each year a theme is picked, and speakers, tours, and other programs are held to really engage guests. You can expect most of this to take place outside with plenty of walking around the grounds.
Declaration Park and Waterwall are two attractions at Women’s Rights National Park that encourage people to sit, learn, and reflect in a peaceful green space. Declaration Park sits beside the visitor’s center and the Wesleyan Chapel, where that first convention was held. Along the park’s boundaries, a 100-foot long bluestone wall is inscribed with text from the convention and offers more insight into what happened behind those chapel doors. Take your time making your way down the wall and really take it all in.
History can be intense stuff, so clear your mind at some wonderful local natural spots in Seneca Falls. There are several easily accessible hiking trails for varying levels and biking paths. The Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge is a seven-minute drive from downtown Seneca Falls. With permits, visitors can hunt, fish, and boat. The refuge is a fabulous area for photography and general environmental education.
Women’s Rights National Historical Park campers looking to stay within the park will be out of luck. Unfortunately, this historic park does not offer any overnight accommodation for campers on-site. But, Seneca Falls as a whole tends to be rather RV friendly. When you do a little research, you’ll quickly find other spots to set up camp while still having the Women’s Rights National Historical Park right around the corner.
Seneca Falls is located near the famed Finger Lakes, and the locals haven’t hesitated to take full advantage of setting up campgrounds around them. There are a handful of RV accessible campsites along the water, while others sit back further into the forests. You have your choice of amenities and facilities. Vacation off the grid or stay connected with everyone around you. All you need is your RV rental and anything you consider a necessity; Seneca Falls is ready for you.
With the Women’s Rights National Historical Park at the core of this camper rental trip, be sure to exhaust everything the park offers. The visitor center is a great way to get the history of the women behind the convention and the movement but also about where we are today and how the park serves as an active reminder. There are exhibits as well as short films and other ways to interact with history. Then find your way to the Wesleyan Chapel, where everything took place before setting out into Seneca Falls.
Seneca Falls is known as the “Historic Gateway to the Finger Lakes,” so definitely expect more of an old-timey vibe. The small town has several attractions worth a visit. Notably, fans of It’s a Wonderful Life have a whole museum to explore dedicated just to the 1946 film that captured the hearts of many. The streets are lined with historic houses, shops, and eateries. It really is just a charming place to spend an afternoon.
When you find yourself craving more of a larger metropolitan vibe for at least a day while on your RV rental trip to the Women’s Rights National Historical Park, both Rochester and Syracuse sits about an hour northwest and northeast, respectively, and both bustling cities offer a lot of activities to entertain all ages, nightlife, and spectacular dining experiences. It’ll be a change of pace from Seneca Falls but in the best way possible.