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. Add Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt to your Hyde Park travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Hyde Park sightseeing planner .
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  • The FDR home tour will be worth your time. The guided tour is very informative and the history of the place is impressive. I am a huge fan of this era and was not disappointed. The grounds are beautif...  more »
  • very informative. the house costs money but the library is free. it takes at least 3 to 4 hours to see everything. the house takes about 90 minuets and the rest is the library and movie.  more »
  • You must take a tour to go into the home. So glad we did. The guide was very informative and we learned a lot about FDR. Recommend combining this tour with the self guided presidential library. This i...  more »
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  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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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