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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  • Cathy was very knowledgeable and shared lots of details that were new to us. The personal photos were outstanding and the history was amazing. 
    Cathy was very knowledgeable and shared lots of details that were new to us. The personal photos were outstanding and the history was amazing.  more »
  • Things have changed here. The tour no longer takes you room to room, with the Park Ranger detailing each room and telling you specifics. Rather, the ranger keeps you in the entrance hall and then... 
    Things have changed here. The tour no longer takes you room to room, with the Park Ranger detailing each room and telling you specifics. Rather, the ranger keeps you in the entrance hall and then...  more »
  • You can use a senior "America the Beautiful" pass for a free tour of FDR's home. The house looks like it was when it was last used, with all the furnishings and artifacts. 
    You can use a senior "America the Beautiful" pass for a free tour of FDR's home. The house looks like it was when it was last used, with all the furnishings and artifacts.  more »
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  • The home and the museum are on the grounds. Give yourself several hours to tour both. Arrive early to book a tour of the mansion so you can visit right away. Tours are limited to a certain amount of people. What's not to like. Both museum and home are fascinating to walk through. Make sure you watch the movies of FDR throughout the museum and listen to snippets of his speeches. There is also an entire area devoted to Eleanor which is just as fascinating. Not a place to bring young children. They will be bored and none of this will interest them. They will just run around and I saw many parents chasing after their young ones. Junior High age children are the youngest who should go since they will be studying FDR, the depression and WW2.
  • Amazing place. Feels more like a beautiful park that was full of life and history. Well kept and maintained. Parking on site. Great landscapes, views for days. Loved the Garden, museum, library...so much to take in. Highly recommend for anyone and everyone.
  • Amazing to walk the grounds of FDR's home. Everything(Visitors center, Library, Home)here is separate, with separate admission and hours, which is kind of a pain. I arrived late and just strolled the grounds, would have enjoyed seeing the library.
  • Beautiful yet "modest" compared to say the Vanderbilt Mansion. Loved the tour and the history of FDR and his family. Our tour guide was Seth and he was very knowledgeable and helpful.
  • Beautiful grounds. Lots of big trees and Gardens. Parking and grounds are free. There is a museum and Library here but we did not go inside. The house is really nice too but again we did not pay to tour it. Recommend this place if you are ever in the Poughkeepsie area.

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