Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site, Hyde Park

Historic Site · Tourist Spot
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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  • Beautiful home overlooking the Hudson. We enjoyed the gardens even in the rain! Next time we go I want to go inside !  more »
  • Beautiful building, but not really a home, unless you like to live in a museum. The house had most of original furniture of the original owners. Because of Covid, we were only able to tour the main...  more »
  • Enjoyed seeing the house and the grounds. However, due to COVID restrictions, only first floor was open, not the upstairs bedrooms or the downstairs kitchen area. I will return, but only when fully....  more »
  • This is the perfect place to relax. The mansion and grounds both hold their own beauty. If you want a place for yourself to enjoy or family and friends this is it. Great views of the river, gorgeous Italian Gardens, and lush green grass that never seems to end. Pack some food and head there for the day to escape the busy life we all live.
  • Where the Vanderbilt couple (yes, only two people for the mansion) spent Spring and Fall. A vivid example of how new money was spent in Gilded Age, gorgeous ground, architecture and furnishing. Well or poorly spent? The vintage Steinway grand piano was made in NYC, shipped to France for hand painting, and transported back to Hyde Park. The most beautiful I've seen. Our park ranger is great, interesting and vibrant, bringing the period to life.
  • This museum of the Vanderbilt Mansion is absolutely incredible. The construction of the building is magnificent. So hard to believe it was built in the late 1800s in only two years. To see the immense Vanderbilt wealth on display is awe inspiring. The tour guide was very knowledgeable about the history and storyline of the family. The mansion grounds are just as beautiful, with amazing views overlooking the Hudson River. The story of the family is interesting and remarkable. This National Park Historical site is a must see for anyone. I highly recommend a visit to this National site.
  • I went hiking around the mansion and it was an awesome view. There are giant trees everywhere. The views are amazing on top of bluff. If you are up for a three mile hike you should try it out. I thought it was absolutely beautiful and felt very safe. There are park rangers throughout the park. I would like to go back to get a view inside the mansion.
  • A true pleasure, and a look back into a bygone era. Before income tax, before luxury tax, before estate tax, before all the grabbing, Americans could live in grandeur, support the local economy, apprentice young people into skilled work, give a seasonal boost to the area, cultivate an interest in botany and arbor work. The Vanderbilts weren't just wealthy, they were a local industry that the area still benefits from today as visitors pass through the lovely towns nearby. Wonderful, knowledgeable volunteers keep it going and looking great and the park system employees are very, very knowledgeable as well. A real pleasure to visit and tour.Lovely gift shop. Bring a picnic lunch and enjoy a spectacular, million-dollar view of the river from the grounds just beyond the beautiful side porch. The architecture of the out buildings is absolutely charming and the story of how the mansion was constructed is surprising and so interesting. I wonder if it were built today if it would stand the test of time as well as the current mansion does. An amazing visit.

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