Deer Haven Park
11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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Deer Haven Park is in the Finger Lakes Region of Upstate New York. It occupies a portion of the former Seneca Army Depot, a US Military munitions storage facility built in 1941. For over 75 years, the Seneca Army Depot was closed to the public. Today, Deer Haven Park is offering a glimpse into its Mysterious past and a chance to see the unique wildlife that resides within its fences, from wild turkeys, beavers, and American Bald Eagles to the Majestic Seneca white deer! Bus Tours are back! Take a 90-minute tour aboard our climate-controlled bus. You’ll go inside one of 519 munition storage igloos and explore other features of the park. Reservations are required for bus tours. Not ready for a bus tour just yet? Take an Auto Tour instead and experience the 8-mile drive through the park from the comfort of your own vehicle! We will provide a tablet to act as your virtual tour guide. Auto tours take between 60-90 minutes. Park entrance fees apply. Visit deerhavenpark.org for more details
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DAVID C
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Jul 2021
My family and I were in Watkins Glen on vacation and decided to tour the surrounding area(s). One day we drove to Geneva and decided to visit the Visitor Center where we met a wonderful couple, Don and his wife ( her name eludes me) who works as a team. While talking about the surrounding area she asked if I have ever seen a white deer. Not an ‘albino’ but a real white deer. When I answered no she directed me to Deer Haven Park along route 96A. Her directions were impeccable and coupled with the military history and the fascination of seeing real white deers, my family and I went on an adventure. We were not disappointed. We saw white deers as well as regular brown deer, several eaglets and various other animals. The historical background narrated by the iPad provided by the park was excellent and was a welcome companion as we drove at 5-8 miles an hour through the park. My wife says it’s our safari without Africa. The tour lasted an hour and a half and was worth the $50 bucks we paid for the six of us in our vehicle. Seeing the ammunition storage bunkers and hearing of the military’s history only added to the fascination of the park. We will definitely return and we recommend the tour to anyone visiting the area. Special thank you to Don and his wife for a splendid adventure.
Written July 14, 2021
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Welcome to the Finger Lakes! Thank you for the kind words and for sharing how you came to learn about Deer Haven Park. I am so happy to hear you enjoyed your visit and were able to see the Seneca White Deer! When you return to the area, you should consider taking a Bus Tour. The Majesty and Mystery Bus Tours feature a live tour guide who will give you an opportunity to get off the bus and step inside a munition storage igloo, walk through a personnel bunker, and take the short walk to see the beaver dam… a similar tour, but a uniquely different experience. Thank you again for taking the time to review Deer Haven Park. Safe travels. - Truman (PS Thanks also to Don and his wife at the Geneva Visitor Center for sending you to us!)
Written July 16, 2021
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ImaBlueman
Owego, NY211 contributions
Apr 2021
This is one of those places, if you are lucky to find out about. is a unique and fascinating place to go. Situated on a large piece of property that was formerly the Seneca Army Depot, it has been transformed to a nature preserve and home to many animals including the Seneca White Deer which we saw along with other deer, minks, variety of birds including an eagle who was perched in her nest with her young. Other animals are likely to be seen in addition to the examples I provided. You are provided an ipad like device that as you drive thru in your own car tells you the history of the depot and as you are driving by various structures and landmarks describes what you are seeing. In contrast to the depot history and landmarks, the ipad will also tell you about the animals and their history in this refuge. Initially I though the price of $50 for a car with 2 people seemed a bit expensive, but it was worth every penny. There is no hurry so I would plan on spending a good 2 hours on your visit.
Written April 26, 2021
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Thank you for taking the time to share your experience visiting Deer Haven Park. You make a great point about not being rushed when you visit. Our guests will have the best opportunity to observe the wildlife when they take their time, as you obviously did. The virtual tour guide app on the tablet provides information based on your location in the park, so taking your time will not adversely affect the message it provides. Thanks again! I am so happy to hear you enjoyed your visit to Deer Haven Park! - Truman
Written May 12, 2021
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tmoonk
tmoonk23 contributions
Oct 2022
We really enjoyed the bus tour through Deer Haven Park. The driver was very informative about the history of the depot and the deer. It's nice to hear how the deer are honored and continue to be protected. We had adults only on our bus and I think young children might be a little bored.
Written October 2, 2022
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T N
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Oct 2021
The trip was well organized, however a little crowded. They asked everyone to wear a mask as we were sitting quite close to each other. There were two wagons and the people sitting in the front wagon saw more than the back wagon as the deer moved on by the time our wagon made it to the area. They did not stop but once to take pictures which was a disappointment. Many would have liked pictures of the scenery and fields. The ride was a bit long with no restrooms or port~a-potty available. There were many complaints on our wagon as many were elderly. The narrator was very well educated in the deer park history and about the white deer and provided a good story. Finally the cost was a little high for the ride especially for seniors (it was discounted). We did not see any white deer from the second wagon, except a couple running a distance away.
Written October 27, 2021
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Thank you for the kind words regarding our Annual Fall Wagon Tour. The safety of our guests and park employees is our highest priority, and the reason why we cut our wagon capacity by 30% and required the use of face coverings on the tour. This Annual event is a special tour that is focused on the unique open-air ride experience through the former Seneca Army Depot and the history of the Depot and property. As the guide announced at the beginning of the tour, the expectation to see any deer on that tour is very low, since the deer can smell the open wagons of people and hear the loud PA system used to allow all guests to hear the narrative, long before we are close enough to see them. Because of these reasons, any sighting of deer is always a surprise bonus. If you took the Wagon Tour with the expectation that it was a white deer tour, I apologize. We focused all advertising on the military and historic side of Deer Haven Park. We will review and try to be more clear next year. I slowed the wagons to 3-4mph when we were near the historic buildings and points of interest, but we were unable to come to a complete stop each time as there was much to see and we wanted to keep the event under 2 hours. Thank you for participating in our Annual Fall Wagon Tour and for taking the time to share your experience with others. -Truman
Written November 1, 2021
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Emily M
White Plains, NY131 contributions
Sep 2020
We had a really unfortunate time here, despite all the other high reviews. Maybe the experience is very different now that they're having us tour ourselves, or maybe we did something wrong. We drove around for ~2 hours at 5mph mostly in silence (because the app wasn't working), searching desperately for any sign of wildlife that wasn't bugs. It got to the point where our eyes started tricking us that certain reflections or shapes in the woods might be deer. We ended up seeing one brown deer right at the end of the tour.

I'm sure the deer are quite happy and well cared for here, and I knew there was a chance we wouldn't see them, as it was mid-day on a sunny, warm day. This isn't like a zoo. The deer are free, so they're free to hide. I don't think this is a fault with the place, as I'm glad the deer have so much space. It looked like deer paradise. But it didn't really feel like a place for visitors.

To try to avoid our experience, I'd suggest going on a cooler day, maybe earlier or later in the day (when deer are more active). Really make sure the app is working ahead of time and disable other notifications, as on our phone notifications cut the audio short.
Written September 9, 2020
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Thank you for your honest and in-depth review of your recent experience at Deer Haven Park. I am sorry it was a disappointment. No, I do not believe you did anything “wrong”. The Auto-Tours were a direct response to the temporary sidelining of our bus tours due the current situation of the world. The experience they offer is different than the bus tour, in that it feels like more of an adventure, exploring the park at your own pace and seemingly by yourself. There are many advantages to this type of tour, however the one main disadvantage is that you are committed to the tour route that is laid out before you, and are unable to “go find” the white deer when they are not active along the course. The points you make about the wildlife being free to roam and being affected by the heat of the day are spot-on. Your suggestions about arriving earlier or later in the day, or when it is cooler out are also great advice. The Auto Tour was designed to be experienced with the Deer Haven Park Tour App as its companion to round out the experience, especially at times when the white deer do not want to cooperate. The app provides the backdrop for the tour and outlines the rich history of the former Seneca Army Depot, as well as explaining the origins of the white deer and some of the other amazing wildlife at Deer Haven Park. As you mention, we strongly urge all our visitors to ensure that the app is functioning while at the visitor center and in sync with their vehicle’s audio system before beginning the tour. I am sorry much of your tour was in silence due to notifications and interruptions on your device. The app really does make the journey worthwhile, even when the white deer make themselves scarce. Please feel free to reach out to me personally through our website to further discuss your experience. Again, thank you for taking the time to offer your candid review. I hope you will return when we open our bus tours again. - Truman
Written September 10, 2020
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Alvin Massy
New York City, NY3 contributions
Sep 2020 • Couples
So this review is bitter sweet.

We did not see any of the white deer BUT we were totall blown away by the customer service that was showed to us by Truman Bells.

He was so accomodating and always trying make our experience work as much as possible. He went above and beyond my/our expectations

I am definitely returning again when I get a chance and hopefully I can see the white deer next time.
Written October 22, 2020
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Thank you so much for your kindness. It was a pleasure to meet and serve both you and your wife on your private tour. Unfortunately, the strong winds and Mother Nature seemed to be working against us that morning. I would love to have you back for another go at it! Just give me a call when you are ready to return and we will develop a plan to provide the best opportunity for seeing the majestic white deer. I look forward to your next visit! - Truman
Written October 23, 2020
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Susan M
4 contributions
Jul 2021
The guide and the driver were both very knowledgeable and very pleasant. They took us to the places they knew the deer were and we were not disappointed. Drive the tour by ourselves we would not have received the information or photo opts that we had with them. Well worth the stop if you are in the area. My only suggestion is go as late as possible for the most activity.
Written July 23, 2021
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Thank you for the kind words. Deer Haven Park is very fortunate to have a talented and dedicated group of tour guides and drivers, whose knowledge and passion for the park only enhances the tour experience. Great suggestion about when to tour! We have scheduled our bus tours in the mornings before the heat of the day sets in and early evening, so that the tour ends shortly before sunset, when the deer are most active. We currently run a limited schedule, but look for more morning and evening tours as we add additional tours! Thank you for taking the time to review your experiences on your Deer Haven Park Bus Tour. - Truman
Written July 26, 2021
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T Wells
3 contributions
Dec 2019 • Friends
The tour we took at Seneca White Deer was fantastic. The tour guide was very informative, and knew amazing details about everything, history, military, wildlife, conservation, and the like. I've been on the tours before, but I learned so many new things on this one. We were lucky to have some guests on this tour who also had amazing stories to share. They gave us a full 2 hour tour as well. Our tour was sold out (full bus) and we saw a large number of white deer. Everyone on the tour appeared to enjoy it fully.
Written December 31, 2019
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superfry
West New York, NJ2 contributions
Oct 2020
I really wanted to enjoy this experience but it's hard not to be disappointed when you don't really get to see what you came here to see (even with fair warning that I might not see any!). I suppose we were lucky to at least catch a glimpse of the magical creatures. We saw 2 from maybe 500 ft away and one dashed across the road in front of us for a split second. The automated tour of the facility was cool, but was it all worth the long drive to get here and then 2 hours of 5mph driving? Maybe. On a Saturday where every state park in the region was over capacity, it was a nice calm experience for the family. Easily would have given this a 4-5 if luck were more on our side. Staff was very friendly!
Written October 13, 2020
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Thank you for the kind words and for taking time to write about your experience at Deer Haven Park. I am sorry you were disappointed with the number and quality of white deer sightings but am happy to know we were able to provide a nice calm experience for you and your family. -Truman
Written October 14, 2020
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jeguarnere
1 contribution
Dec 2019 • Friends
I found the history of the town-size former military installation as interesting as the present day white deer. Our guide was excellent, filled with a good balance of vignettes about deer, the other wildlife (we saw a bald eagle), and the military. This was my second tour which, you could say, is putting my money where my mouth is;-)
Richard S Gardner, Rochester, NY
Written January 2, 2020
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