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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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  • We visited the last of October 2016 and they weren't very busy. The mosaic at visitor center gives you a lay out of the area. We ate breakfast early and then visited Val-Kill and then went to the visi...  more »
  • We spent an afternoon at Val-Kill and the FDR home. The tours were both excellent with very knowledgeable Park rangers. The movies were well done and informative. The information about FDR and Eleanor...  more »
  • This must have been impressive in its day, but you couldn't imagine a modern president having a home this simple. This tour isn't handicap accessible. Only guided tours are available but the rangers a...  more »
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  • LOVE LOVE LOVE....did I mention LOVE! We took a 2 day trip out to the FDR site and except for the rides out to ValKill and Top Cottage (bumpy bus ride and a crazy driver!) We had a wonderful time. The guides are fantastic! I could have spent a week there....especially at Top Cottage! It is a must-see for anyone who loves history!
  • The tour starts in the visitor center where a big mosaic tile floor depicts the area map with multiple points of interest. The ranger do a general introduction on FDR and his life here. Then the whole group go to his house for a tour. It's kind of dark inside and it's easier to take pictures from outside and in the yard. Many historic objects throughout the whole house, which has cute green French double windows. There is a big Museum with separate charge. The museum closes at 5 pm. There are also several small trails around the property. This FDR site is close to Eleanor's house to the east and a couple miles from a small Vanderbilt mansion in the North.
  • In town for the holiday weekend. Went up to the FDR house. Had a awesome time. Our tour guide was very informative, and showed great knowledge.
  • The FDR National Historic Site offers a glimpse into the life and times of this well respected President with informative tours, a wealth of memorabilia, and well maintained grounds. Inside the visitor center you’ll find the standard gift shop and cafe. You’ll also be able to watch a film to learn more about the history of FDR and his family. The mosaic map of the area is truly a work of art. The FDR library and museum is well laid out and has some great exhibits that present the accomplishments and tribulations that FDR went through. One very impressive exhibit is FDR’s Private Study, which showcases his actual office, not a recreation as you see at many historical sites. A main attraction of this historic site is the FDR Home, where he was born and lived until he passed away. It’s just a stunning home with years of history. The tour guide was informative, the furnishings are all original, and the rooms are just amazing. Overall this site is a great experience to learn about a highly regarded president that was faced with some of the toughest challenges in American History, well worth the visit to beautiful Hyde Park, NY.
  • Very well done. The house tours give a great feeling for how the Roosevelts lived, and no one shies away from the historical facts. Even if you don't like the Roosevelts, you will like this tour - and the Library as well.