Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion State Historic Park, Canandaigua

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Spread out across more than 20 ha (50 acres) of lakeside property and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion State Historic Park is one of the most well-preserved Victorian estates in the United States. You can visit the house, finished in 1887, and explore the 40 different rooms used by the Thompson family, the original owners. Continue to the gardens, featuring plants from Japan and Italy and a rose collection. Be sure to join a guided tour of the grounds, included in the price of admission, to learn more about the mansion's history. Our Canandaigua travel itinerary planner makes visiting Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion State Historic Park and other Canandaigua attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • August 14, 2017
    We revisited the mansion and gardens after a 25+ year time and were very pleased to see the rose garden. Worth the visit but beware the seasons. This entire property is primarily tended by volunteers ...  more »
  • August 14, 2017
    Many themed gardens at the mansion, so it's a great place to explore and walk through the different historic gardens. The mansion is also a museum and many times has special exhibits, so you can visit...  more »
  • August 12, 2017
    Stopped in here while vacationing, beautiful grounds maintained by 90% volunteers! It's like stepping back in time.  more »
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  • June 28, 2017
    This wasn't on the top of my list for my "wine" inspired vacation here in the Finger Lakes, but I am glad I went. Worth paying the small fee to gain access to the grounds. Had a lovely lady give us a ride in a golf cart type of shuttle and she was well informed about the history - wonderful experience. This is within walking distance to the downtown (about a mile) so we parked downtown by our lunch restaurant and hoofed it to the Gardens. This was key since they also do wine tastings at the tasting room under the gift shop. Each week they get in different wines to taste. We were impressed with the selection and the knowledge of the woman who conducted our tasting.
  • July 10, 2017
    The garden was a very nice place to visit. It is definitely in need of some repairs in certain areas. I hope they can get the funding to refurbish. I would have loved to see some of the garden beds restored to the themes or states they were in when originally put in. But the staff and volunteers do amazing work keeping it all together. They are extremely knowledgeable and willing to talk, share stories, and tell the history.
  • June 27, 2017
    Stunning estate! Unusually extravagant gardens paired with an equally indulgent mansion...the staff were knowledgeable and attentive yet gave us the freedom to roam/stroll at our leisure as well. It is vast and inspiring for sure. I'm sorry I waited so long to come. My family enjoyed it as well (varied ages).
  • June 4, 2017
    Beautiful grounds are well kept. A very nice place to just walk around for an afternoon. Loved the history attached to it. Docents inside the home were informative and kind. Not a very busy day/time... we missed the wine tasting room after walking around because we went late.
  • July 6, 2017
    Love this place. You can spend hours here and find Wonderful things to look at and explore. Staff is so sweet and knowledgeable. One of my all time favorite places to visit.

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