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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  • Nice walk , sorry something's need major repair. The history of the house and family was nice .Great place to have a family picnic ,photo and a wedding. While there we were able to see on being set up...  more »
  • We toured Sonnenberg in late May....perhaps a little to early to fully appreciate the gardens. It would have been lovely to see the roses in bloom. The free tram offers visitors with limited walking a...  more »
  • It's true the rich are different. Not too many people can have acres of gardens surrounding an country retreat. Built in the second half of the 19th century, Sonnenberg offers today's visitors an expa...  more »
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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).
  • 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.
  • 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.