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Deer Haven Park - Military History and Wildlife Bus Tours

5479 NY-96A
(833) 378-6877
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Thursday, Saturday
  • Presented By: Deer Haven Park
  • Dates: July 15, 2021 - October 30, 2021
  • Location: Deer Haven Park Visitor Center
  • Time: Thursdays @ 6:15pm, Saturdays @ 8:30am
  • Price: Adults 18-64 ….……. $30 Seniors 65+ ………… $27 Military ……..………. $27 Students 13-17 ……. $21 Kids 12 & under ……. $ 8
OVERVIEW

In 1941, the United States War Department built a 10,000+ acre munition storage and disposal facility in the heart of the Finger Lakes Region, in central Seneca County. During construction of the 24-mile-long perimeter fence that surrounded this Ordnance Depot, several dozen white-tail deer were trapped inside, isolating them from predators. As years passed, a few all white, white-tail deer were discovered inside the fence. With the additional protection from the US Army this, now famous, White Deer herd of Seneca County grew to become the largest of its kind in the world!

Today, the Army is gone but many of the Majestic Seneca white deer remain to roam freely within the fences, and what is left of the abandoned Seneca Army Depot. In 2016, after years of neglect, the privately owned organization Deer Haven Park purchased most of the old base and set aside a 3,000 acre preserve where the Seneca White Deer, American Bald Eagles and other wildlife can thrive.

Discover Deer Haven Park by taking a bus tour! Bus Tours run every Thursday and Saturday and feature many of the same tour guides that have been earning the park 5-star reviews since 2017!

The 90-minute tour will take you deep inside the former Seneca Army Depot. Your driver and tour guide will share some of the rich history behind the former military munition storage base and take you to see some amazing wildlife inside Deer Haven Park, home to the world's largest herd of all white, white-tail deer.

You will be allowed to step off the bus to explore one of the 519 munition storage Igloos and walk through a Personal Bomb Shelter. Witness the extreme security measures taken to protect the Special Weapons area known as the “Q”, where nuclear weapons were stored, plus pre-1940’s building foundations that offer a glimpse into Seneca County life before the war. You will see some amazing wildlife and have a chance to take an optional short walk to see the beaver dam. Finally, DHP bus tours provide the best chance to see an American Bald Eagle and the Majestic Seneca White Deer!

Deer Haven Park will continue to operate the Auto Tours 3 days a week, but if you prefer the interaction with a live tour guide and a chance to get out and see the park up close, then a bus tour is the perfect answer! Take a Bus Tour of the Historic Seneca Army Depot and discover the Majesty and Mysteries it holds. Space is limited, so Reserve Your Seat Today!

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