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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  • Beautiful gardens that you can explore at your own pace. The mansion is equally wonderful and a delight to tour. It is a gem in the middle of a neighborhood but easy to find.  more »
  • It was fun to walk around and explore freely. The staff is very nice and the gardens were beautiful.  more »
  • Beautiful day in the gardens! Always a beautiful place to visit. A self guided tour was relaxing, peaceful and a beautiful way to spend the afternoon.  more »
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  • Beautiful gardens. Lots of fun events during the Summer months. Great history. Take a tour, learn about the era of the Greek revival. The lady of the house was a collector of everything. Sections of the gardens are dedicated to different cultures. Most popular are the Japanese garden, and the Greek features. Hundreds of different kinds of trees and flowers. If you're lucky, you might even see the miniature deer that wander the grounds.
  • I really wish I could give this a higher review - let's say 3 1/2 stars). We'd gone to Sonnenberg about 15 years ago, and weren't overly impressed. I was hoping that it would be better. It is, slightly, and I see signs of renovation, but in general it needs a lot of work. Many fountains weren't working. The flowers were small (that one I can let go because of the drought). It's nicely laid out, with clear indications of where you are and what you are looking at, and it is quite lovely. The rock garden is very lovely, but again, the main feature from there is a waterfall and fountain, and it wasn't operational. The nicest part of the gardens are the oriental gardens. They were quite lovely, and well maintained. I will go back, and hope to see even more improvements. Oh, and a big bonus was the lovely woman at the admission desk. She made sure we got the best price to get in, showed us where we were, explained how to get around, explained about the grant to restore the greenhouse, very nice and helpful.
  • Absolutely beautiful home and grounds. The volunteers are knowledgeable and the preservation and restoration efforts are worth saving this treasure
  • The wife and i went once when i met her when i was 17, now its a must to go at lest 5 times a year, best place ever.
  • Great little gardens/mansion to explore in Canandaigua. It has some great and diverse gardens along with a early 20th century mansion. Parts of the estate are in desperate need of upkeep however it still is pretty. The ticket price is a little high however it is nice to see the money going to something cool like this. There is everything from a European themed garden to a Japanese garden with a Japanese tea house.