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Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt, Hyde Park

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4.6/5 based on 750+ reviews on the web
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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  • Buy your tour tickets at the visitor center and for the next hour you will learn the interesting history of Franklin Roosevelt and his family story. I wish I had as good an American history teacher wh...  read more »
  • Tour FDRs home and learn a little about his childhood and private life. They do not go into much detail about his "private" life. The tour and grounds took about 1 1/2 hours. Tour the Presidential Lib...  read more »
  • Any fan of FDR will love seeing the home where he was born and grew up. It's a beautiful property and the National Parks guides do a great tour. Totally worthwhile! 
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Parents of toddlers, forget about coming here. The people on the tour aren't tolerant of even a little noise, and are very rude about it. We were asked to leave the guided tour. My husband went in without us. So, we came all the way from Michigan to be kicked out. That, and honestly, the tour? If you haven't had basic history, you'll like it. For the rest of us, it was a waste. Same information as you'd get in a grade school textbook. It's cool and all, but it's clearly not a good place for kids who aren't mute.
  • Lovely old home, and the NPS ranger/docent on site was exceptionally well informed. The exhibit about "24 Hours that changed history" (7 Dec 1941) was good. The strength of the entire experience is all of the primary sources that have been made available to the public. I also recommend the interested check out the exhibit on FDR's conservation legacy, which is actually at the nearby Vanderbilt property.
  • 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.
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