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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  • I have been here a number of times over a thirty + years that I have visited friends and family in the area. It may have just been that the winter weather was not inviting for a long walk, or that it ...  more »
  • Plan a whole day at Hyde Park home and museum of FDR. So much to see we wore our feet out. It's so inspiring to start with the movie of his life and times, so different than times today. The house tou...  more »
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  • Absolutely fantastic! In addition to the tour of the house ensure you have enough time to roam the grounds and to enjoy all aspects of the experience. Give yourself a good 2-3 hours to enjoy the presidential library. Do not miss the basement! My photos are from both the rose garden and the garden to the left of the visitors center building (when you are looking at the visitors center from the front main entrance).
  • This is a really nice historical place. Very interesting and the grounds are great. There is a really nice walking path that is in the back of the building that runs to the Vanderbilt grounds in hyde Park. It's a great trail, but of course takes awhile to walk it.. Drops you at the lower south end of the grounds. You can kill two birds and view the Vanderbilt buildings as well.
  • The only presidential library where a president was born, raised, lived, and worked. Tremendously well done, and very informative. Make sure you take a house tour, this is a must. Pro Tip: When visiting the Presidential Library, make sure you head downstairs to the storage room to see all the things that can't fit upstairs. FDR's hand-controlled 1936 Ford Phaeton is on display (as you've probably seen him drive in the movie Hyde Park and other historical films). Pro Tip 2: Hyde Park Brewery is right across the street from the compound. Though they often get Teddy and Franklin confused (remember, the two families were not friends), it is a great way to snack up and enjoy some beers.
  • Really enjoyed the tour of FDR's house (recommend arriving early or booking in advance). The tour guide was interesting and helpful and very nice, and the inside is just beautiful. So many amazing pieces of furniture and paintings and so many details about FDR's life and how he lived. You can see where he was born and his room as an adult (and president). You can also explore the grounds which include a stable where he used to keep his horses and the garden where he and Eleanor are buried. There's also his presidential library which has a museum about his presidency, and it's very well done. Really enjoyed that. Lots of good information, with little mini videos to supplement.
  • A fascinating point of contact with legendary figures, as both FDR and Eleanor Roosevelt were. There are many wonderful exhibits here, almost all of which make these two huge figures of modern American history more accessible and more human. Well focused exhibits that shed light and help you to enter imaginatively into their world. National Parks staff are extremely knowledgeable and very good presenters. A visit to the Hudson valley without coming here would be to miss a truly top-rate opportunity. I saw quite a number of kids on the tours, and I think this is something you could easily do with the whole family.

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