Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site, Hyde Park

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Experience America's Gilded Age at Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site, a classic example of Beaux-Arts architecture on the banks of the Hudson that offers views of the Catskills and thick forests. On your tour of the opulent interior, you'll see gilded furniture, carved wooden columns, and early 20th-century decor. Leave time to wander through the Italian gardens. The mansion is large, and you'll walk up more than 100 steps as you explore, so wear comfortable shoes. Plan to visit Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site during your Hyde Park vacation using our convenient Hyde Park itinerary planning tool .
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  • We had to check out of our accommodations in Brooklyn and our flight out wasn't til 10:00 pm so we rented a car and went to the Vanderbilt Mansion. What a nice way to spend the time! We really enjoyed...  more »
  • The tour through the mansion was astonishing. Too bad that the rooms were not nicely set up like in the other mansion in the Hudson River. It was not easy to imagine the way of life in the past but st...  more »
  • This estate has something for everyone. A planatarium, private natural history exhibits and the mansion and grounds themselves. At one time Vanderbilt was the richest man in the world...extraordinary ...  more »
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  • If you are in this area of the Hudson Valley - and visiting President Roosevelt's estate and presidential library just down the road - THIS is a grand way to take in the life of many decades ago. This is the home of the lesser Vanderbilt - the old way of inheritance gave the bulk of family money to the oldest son. From the basement with the kitchens and workshops - to the first floor and second floor bedrooms - - the tour personable tour guides will weave the tale of the life that was lived here from the Vanderbilts to their servants - and their interactions with the town. There is a brass railing/fence around Mrs. Vanderbilt's bed so that she could have coffee and listen to the concerns of the locals - money, schooling, work, social needs of the poor - while sipping coffee. It is also fun to see the secret door between Mrs. Vanderbilt's and Mr. Vanderbilt's bedrooms - - Marital relations were not the public or discussable activities that they are today. The grounds here are wonderful - - you can bring a blanket and a picnic and sit by the Hudson - taking in the great views. You might want to see the President Roosevelt home and museum/library in the morning - and make this your picnic and afternoon activity.
  • Although this may be one of the smallest of the Vanderbilt mansions, it is a gem and will bring you back to the gilded age. Our tour guide was funny and personable. Seeing it decked out for Christmas was magical. In warmer weather the grounds are lovely to walk.
  • Beautiful grounds. Great for picnics and walks. Can go to the river and take in the views. Go on trails to Roosevelt house. The mansion itself is fabulous. Beautiful tours are given. A must see if ever in hyde Park. The rose gardens are unbelievable... Just a beautiful place to visit...
  • Bill our Tour guide was very knowledgeable and friendly. Impressive mansion, grounds and views of the Hudson River and Valley. Large renovation project still has grounds around the mansion torn up. Most of the scaffolding was down in the rest should be down within a week. The inside was a bit dark because the windows were covered but you still get a great feel For how it looked back at the time they turned it over to the park services.
  • They're currently renovating so a lot of the furniture had been moved or covered and there's a lot of scaffolding around the whole outside, but the parts that we could see were great. Renovations are supposed to be complete by the end of 2017. Lots of beautiful rooms full of ornate detail. Very nice and knowledgeable tour guide. The gardens are a five minute walk from the house and they're definitely worth it. Not huge but very pretty. There's a bit if a view of the Hudson from on the grounds which is very pretty, but from most vantage points it's obscured by trees. There is a little stream with a nice bridge that you cross over on your way into the grounds.

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