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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  • We visited one the few days that they had re-opened after the Covid shut down. You have to purchase tickets in advance before you arrive. The tour is limited to about 25 people at a time and you are.....  more »
  • I love our national park system. Currently the house is closed and under renovation. We got to walk around the outside, see the tomb, enter the barns, and see gardens. Interestingly for the being.....  more »
  • On our way north, stopped at the home of FDR and Eleanor. The home and the library were not open to the public, but saw a bit of the tour outside and roamed on our own around the grounds...the...  more »
  • If you're a history buff (or not) you have to visit the FDR library/museum/home. One of the most extensive collections of artifacts laid out in an easy to follow progression. You could spend days seeing everything. Definitely recommend you take tour of house as the docents are extremely knowledgeable and informative. Our guide Jerry was personable and funny- he did a great job.
  • There is a lot of history to enjoy in the Roosevelt home, and we had an excellent national parks service guide to take us through it and share relevant stories. If you come here, be sure to allow a couple of hours to also see the Franklin Museum and Library. The exhibits and short films pertaining to the Roosevelt era are excellent.
  • Great home with lovely property. The tour was very good. Our guide was very engaging and enlightened me to so many things I never knew FDR was responsible for. Great piece of our history.
  • Birthplace and gravesite of FDR. Explains his entire life cradle to grave. His house is basically untouched since the day after his death. Thousands of his papers are on display. Even his hand controlled 36 Ford is in the basement of the museum. Plan on no less than 2 full days to see most of it. Be sure to take the Park Service tour of his house. The guide will amaze you with her / his knowledge of FDR'S life.
  • it was an ok tour. first off - you can't have a backpack unless you can swing it to the front, they remind you of this on every tour. no flash photography, be sure to have a camera with good low light ability. they talk a lot on this. you watch a 20 min video that shows off his highlights and none of the low. then a ranger comes in and talks about the thing you just watched for those 20 min, then we walk outside for a bit, stop, and even more talking. eventually we get to the house. from there its free range, roped off doors, dark conditions, but you can see the rooms yourself, on each floor, but only one floor at a time. its crowded, and your fighting your way in.

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