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Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site, Hyde Park

Categories: Historic Sites, Tourist Spots
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4.5/5 based on 750+ reviews on the web
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. Our Hyde Park trip itinerary maker makes visiting Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site and other Hyde Park attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • The Vanderbilt Mansion is clearly worth a visit. The grounds are so beautiful, especially when the tree leaves are turning color. The mansion can be seen by a guided tour. Several of the downstairs an...  read more »
  • We planned to just drive through the site since we hadn't made a reservation for a tour. However, we learned that the last tour of the day (4 PM) had openings so we joined that tour. It was very inter...  read more »
  • We went up to the Vanderbilt Mansion on the advice of a local who told us about the stunning views of the Hudson, and she was so right. We walked a bit on the grounds which are beautifully maintained,...  read more »
  • I've been there three times. It is a small Vanderbilt mansions compared to the ones in Newport, Rhode Island, the one in Suffolk County, Long Island, or Biltmore in Asheville, NC. However, it's easy to look out for detail. And the park rangers do a superb job at explaining and answering questions. They allow you to take pictures inside and do not rush you. This time (July '16) they are doing some renovation outside and all tours have to go through the basement side door. Hopefully when you visit the front will appear in a great condition. The garden is also lovely, as is the bridge and the vantage point next to Hudson river on your way out. We saw the train!
  • This is a 5 star attraction for sure. It is an amazing place to visit for anybody who appreciates history and architecture. Anybody who gives this less than 5 stars is an idiot.
  • "Under Funded Attraction" - Do you wonder why the National Park Service would maintain this site. Its not a President's home or an historic site. Well, the tour guide stated that the Park Service took on this attraction because it is an excellent representation of the "Gilded Age" in US history. Though it is one of the Vanderbilts smaller mansions, inside and out it projects extreme wealth. Still, I was very disappointed with the estate grounds. It is located on a beautiful spot looking down on the Hudson River. It appears that there is no effort to enhance the grounds to correspond to the luxury of the mansion. Because the grounds are so poorly maintained it almost gives the mansion a deserted and eerie appeal.
  • the site is awesome, unfortunately the weather was too bad, so the had to cancel the tours out of safety reasons. i'll be back.
  • Both beautiful and historic. The grounds are free to walk but there is a $10 fee to tour the mansion. This is also a great place to kayak to. The kayak landing site is located at the southern end of the park, with a little beach and area to lock up your kayak if you want to take the one mile walk to the mansion.
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