Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt, Hyde Park

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Get an intimate glimpse into the life of FDR at Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt, which has remained almost entirely unchanged since the president's death in 1945. This estate encompasses stables, icehouses, a walking trail, gardens, and the graves of both Franklin and his wife, Eleanor. The home, built in 1826, was established as a National Historic Site in 1945. Walk the halls where this figure was born and spent a majority of his time. The home is a popular destination, so be sure to reserve tickets for a one-hour ranger-guided tour first, then spend time in the visitor center while you wait for your tour time. Use our Hyde Park travel itinerary planner to arrange your visit to Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt and other attractions in Hyde Park.
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  • August 14, 2017
    It's impressive to enter the intimacy of a man as FDR who play a key role in the second world war. You can discover all the amenities he did over time linked to her illness. Do not forget the small room where he received Churchill.
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  • August 13, 2017
    This is on the same ground as the Roosevelt Library. There are two other National Park Service sites in the area. All can be visited in a loop. The homestead tour costs 18 dollars with senior discount...  more »
  • August 13, 2017
    Any tour starts and ends with the tour guide and ours was wonderful (see photo). She gave us a sense of history --- who was FDR, his family, his early life, his disability, his political career, his a...  more »
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  • June 18, 2017
    I revisited this home recently and I was pleasantly surprised at the amount of interesting information that our guide, Dimitri, shared. The home tour was absolutely amazing! FDR's mother created a shrine for her son, saving every collection. Unfortunately Eleanor felt uncomfortable and spent much of her time at a nearby cottage, Val Kill--another great home to visit. The FDR house and grounds are special and reflective of the era and the owners. The museum is new and family friendly with interactive elements. Allow several hours and arrive early. I left with a greater understanding of WW1, the Great Depression, President Roosevelt and his wife, Eleanor. Make a reservation at the nearby CIA for a fantastic lunch experience!
  • June 17, 2017
    I live about 75 minutes away from the FDR home and I go frequently. Parking is rarely an issue. The staff is wonderful. I never ate at the restaurant but will likely check it out someday. No admission. You are free to walk around and do whatever pleases you for free. You can pay for tours of a variety of places (I believe the library, mansion, etc.) I haven't but I did see a group outside one of the buildings and it seems like the staff does a great job on these tours. It is beautiful any time of year. I go for the hiking trails. There are multiple trails and each is worth checking out. I would say that most of the trails are easy. I love Inspiration Point! (About a mile hike on the blue trail). Ice Pond is about half a mile of easy hike with a man made waterfall. It's pretty. I have yet to get there during peak foliage season (went past peak once). It has to be awesome at peak! Go out of your way to check it out. I doubt you will be disappointed. Oh yeah. The last time I went was the first time the flower garden was open. It is lovely.
  • June 6, 2017
    I'm a big history buff, and having a great historical site like this not too far from home is really neat. The tour of the house is fun because it's interesting to see how people lived in the past. For instance, there's an "ice house," where was harvested from the nearby Hudson River and then stored for use in the summer. There's an actual car that FDR used to drive along with some dog houses, a horse stable and lots of other neat things. One of the most humble spots is his gravesite. It's definitely worth taking a few moments here to reflect.
  • June 27, 2017
    Being British although aware of FDR I was pretty ignorant of him. I learned a fair amount here though and had a good time. Obviously it's very America-centric but there is enough here even if you know little about FDR and his administration. There was a long wait for the guided tour but the grounds are nice to walk around in and have lunch if you want. There are cafes and a decent gift shop too.
  • June 2, 2017
    The FDR National Historic Site is a great place to visit. This site offers tours of FDR's home and self-guided tours of a museum and the grounds which includes the garden where FDR is buried. The museum goes through FDR's presidency and also has special exhibits. When I recently went, there is a special exhibit on the Japanese Internment Camps in World War II that goes through the end of 2017. This site also has wonderful trails around the property that lead to the river as well as to Eleanor's homestead off of Rt 9G.

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