Upstater Destinations: Blenheim-Gilboa Visitors Center

  |  May 3, 2012

Blenheim Gilboa Visitors Center

Ever wonder what would happen if all the lights go out in NYC? Water from the Schoharie Creek, which runs through the Catskill Mountains, pours into two reservoirs which then flows through aqueducts before hitting a power plant. That in turn makes the turbines spin and POOF! Power is restored to a city hundreds of miles away.

Okay, it’s not quite THAT simple. In fact, it’s about a billion times more complicated than that. If you’re interested in the science of hydrology and want to see how it all works, or if you just like interactive museums (like we do), check out the Blenheim-Gilboa Visitors Center and museum, located in North Blenheim (Schoharie County, about 17 miles northeast of Stamford).

The Blenheim-Gilboa center, which is a big, red, renovated 18th century barn, is packed with interactive displays and, even better, admission is free.

And if you want an outdoor wander after your educational experience, the Blenheim-Gilboa is adjacent to the grounds of Lansing Manor, also a museum, and close to Mine Kill State Park and its Olympic-sized swimming pool.

Check out the Blenheim-Gilboa page on the NYS website for directions and hours. GMAP

Lansing Manor House via Wikipedia

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