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 a lovely visit. Entrance fee was $10 each. Parking was free. Tour was an hour. A very knowledgeable and friendly park ranger was our guide which was the first and second floors plus the... 
    We had a lovely visit. Entrance fee was $10 each. Parking was free. Tour was an hour. A very knowledgeable and friendly park ranger was our guide which was the first and second floors plus the...  more »
  • The history of the Vanderbilt family is very interesting to us, and the Frederick and Louisa portion of the story is right in line with the rest of the family story. The views and the scenery were... 
    The history of the Vanderbilt family is very interesting to us, and the Frederick and Louisa portion of the story is right in line with the rest of the family story. The views and the scenery were...  more »
  • We generally stop at The Vanderbilt Mansion when we're in Hyde Park. The grounds are spectacular (be sure and tour the garden) and a visit to Bard Rock is also in order! We toured with Seth as our.....  more
    We generally stop at The Vanderbilt Mansion when we're in Hyde Park. The grounds are spectacular (be sure and tour the garden) and a visit to Bard Rock is also in order! We toured with Seth as our.....  more »
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  • A very peaceful and tranquil place that's great for spending the day, walking around the park, and having a picnic. The mansion tour was excellent, worth the $10 per person (or free if you have the annual pass). The guide was very clear, understandable, and knowledgeable. Oh and also had a hint of entertainment, enough to get a chuckle out of us here and there.
  • A great stop to. A “quaint” home for the Gilded Age. Having been to some other Vanderbilt homes, the retreat feel is evident. Essentially the same as the day Fredrerick passed away. A $10 tour pass gets you in the door. The tour is quite informative and a great pace. You’re free to explore the floor before the guide gives you some information, lasting about an hour. The gardens are magnificent. You could easily spend a day walking the expansive grounds.
  • If you like historic architecture and interior design, tours are offered with a guide about every hour except 12pm (confirm with the visitors center), and runs about 45 minutes. The first and second floor as well as the basement are open for viewing. Beautiful grounds and a great view across the Hudson River.
  • I love this area upstate. As a kid my family would vacation in the Catskills and I was married in New Paltz however I was not really familiar with Hyde Park. So glad I am now! This mansion is on several acres of beautiful public land. You have to pay to go in the mansion. Military people and family members are allowed at no cost. The surrounding area is a park with picnickers and dog walkers etc. Beautiful and serene.
  • Well preserved mansion and interesting story. Fredrick wasn't your typical over the top spender and it was nice to see that at least one of the Vanderbilts believed in saving money instead of just blowing it all. Even during the Victorian Era.

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