Auto Tours

The 2022 Season is Almost Here.
Auto Tours Resume May 19th!

No Reservations Required

App Guided Driving Tours
No reservations Needed!

On June 27, 2020, Deer Haven Park began offering App Guided Auto Tours.  The Auto Tours were an alternative to public Bus Tours in response to a Global Pandemic that brought us quarantines and social distancing. These new Auto Tours provided a safer way for guests to Discover Deer Haven Park and all of its magnificent wildlife and rich military history.  (See Dates and Hours below)

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Deer Haven Park will provide you with a GPS tablet that will safely put the Tour-Guide in your vehicle! You'll see illustrations and hear some of the rich history of the former Seneca Army Depot as you follow a pre-determined route through the park. You will be driving in the comfort of your own vehicle on former military and local roads that have not been driven on by the general public in nearly 80 years!

You’ll witness the ammunition storage igloos, gunpowder buildings, and rail-car loading platforms used by the US Army to load and offload bombs and ammunition for use overseas during WWII, the first Gulf War and every military confrontation in between. You will see evidence of civilian farm life prior to 1940, and of course, you will have the opportunity to catch a glimpse of the Majestic Seneca white deer and American Bald Eagles that reside at Deer Haven Park!

Unfortunately, we can not guarantee that every visitor will see white deer on the Auto Tour. Here's why...

For safety and liability reasons, VISITORS MUST REMAIN IN THEIR VEHICLE AT ALL TIMES WHILE ON THE AUTO TOUR

Why do close times fluctuate so much?

The park officially closes at dark, however since it takes approximately 90 minutes to drive the Auto Tour course, we must close the Visitor Center and access to the park between 90 and 120 minutes before sunset. As the season progresses, sunset times change and so must our closing hours.

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Every tour begins
and ends at the
Visitor Center at
Deer Haven Park
5479 NY-96A
Romulus, NY 14541

 

 

BEWARE of Bad Directions!


THE PROBLEM-
When you type Deer Haven Park into your mobile device or GPS unit for directions, you will often be given an "alternate route" through the former Depot. If the route includes "W. Romulus Rd.", "E. Patrol Rd." or "W. Patrol Rd." DON'T TAKE IT! There is NO entrance to Deer Haven Park on NY-96 and NO public route across the former military base.  Because Deer Haven Park is on part of the former Seneca Army Depot, the GPS program thinks you can drive through it. Unfortunately, you can not.

THE SOLUTION-
Instead, take one of the other routes. OR Enter Sampson State Park into your device. We are located on NY-96A, (not 96) just 2 miles North of Sampson State Park.

AUTO TOUR INFORMATION

Description:

App-Guided Auto Tour where visitors drive their own passenger vehicle along a predetermined route within Deer Haven Park

Length:

8 miles, (12.88 km)

Duration:

Approximately 60 - 90 minutes

Open Times:
(by day)

Thursday & Friday Open at 3pm
Saturday Open at 11am

May 19th - October 29th 2022
No Reservations Needed

Close Times:
(by date)

May 19 - Aug 27 - *6:30pm

Sep 2 - Sep 24 - *5:30pm

Sep 29 - Oct 15 - *5:00pm

Oct 21 - Oct 29 - *4:30pm

*Close time marks the latest time a vehicle may enter the park. All close times are the same, regardless of day of the week.

Where:

Deer Haven Park Visitor Center
5479 NY-96A
Romulus, NY 14541
(Just 2 miles North of Sampson State Park)


Cost:

Single Occupant $35 per vehicle
2 Persons or more $50 per vehicle

Note: Price includes use of a Guide Tablet.
Sales tax not included

All proceeds raised will be used to enhance
the wildlife habitat at Deer Haven Park.