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Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site, Hyde Park
(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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  • Beautiful home and gardens. We had run out of time to visit the Mansion, but enjoyed the extensive gardens, view of the Hudson and were able to take in the opulence of the mansion from the outside. 
  • After visiting the Bear Mountain a bit further down the road. We had stopped on this place, to visit the VanderBilt mansion. Well, this was a well spend money, to visit this mansion and the very rich ...  more »
  • First off, even though I do understand how the Vanderbilt family had significance to the development of the early American commerce, mainly through the Railroads, I fail to see how this particular Man...  more »
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  • 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!
  • Lovely gardens - house is undergoing construction. Not great if you have issues walking - parking is remote and limited handicap access
  • We've seen quite a few Vanderbilt Mansions, and this one, while spectacular is one of the "lesser Vanderbilt palaces". Still - recommendable and a great way to get a feel for the way things used to be for the privileged class.
  • 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.