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Philipsburg Manor, Sleepy Hollow

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3.8/5 based on 130+ reviews on the web
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  • Sad to see trash throughout the grounds, would have thought they would be more respectful and conscientous of such historically significant grounds. Also when purchasing tickets the staff I dealt with...  read more »
  • Decided to make a last minute trip over Labor Day weekend. There was a special even that day called "Cornucopia". Turned out to be very educational as we learned all kinds of facts about corn, saw coo...  read more »
  • There are many attractions in and around Sleepy Hollow. This is a great one. You can tour the home, the mill, the barn, and there's an outdoor presentation on preserving foods for the winter. Although...  read more »
  • We attended today for the spring sheep to shawl event, primarily for the benefit of our 7 and 4.5 yr old daughter and son. The highlight was definitely the first sheep and, later, duck herding by border collies. Sadly, one loudspeaker - the one facing us - of the PA system was not working, so we could not hear 90% of what the seemingly engaging dog trainer was saying. The crowd was thick, so a working PA system was a must for us and others more than 20 yards from where he was standing and addressing the crowd. Our kids did not give a hoot about the sound, since they had a good view of the action, but only because we were lucky to be positioned right at the rope line. I felt bad for the many kids with no view and, like us adults, no possibility to hear the interesting explanation of the herding techniques being used. The food kiosk for lunch was difficult to navigate. We checked out what the prices were beforehand, and what we wanted. My wife waited on line and had exact change in cash. But when the order came, a hot dog - for example - was not the $3 advertised on the signboard menu, but $3.22 including tax. So, she had to leave the line with my daughter and come find me to get extra money. Since when do attractions based on such fleeting consumerism as hot dogs, pretzels and soft drinks charge sales tax as extra? With us juggling kids it was an insane dance to go get change to cover the extra tax, with two overhungry toddlers in tow. This is such a minor thing, but made needlessly painful. So, how about charging $3.25 to cover the tax, but do not advertise prices with hidden costs, like normal rural fairs in every part of the world I have lived (US, Finland, Canada, Russia, Denmark)? I cannot think of any place in NY that adds tax to street sales of food, and I grew up here, about 3 miles from Philipseburg Manor. Other visitors with toddlers arriving by car should be warned. We showed up about 10:45 for an event advertised to begin at 10 am. The main parking lot was already long-since full, not surprisingly because it is tiny. However, the traffic into and through the lot was heavy when we arrived and there was no one to direct us to the overflow lot, well past and behind the manor. Best to drop the toddlers with one parent off at the main entrance, then go park in the satellite field, which takes time to find and walk back from. But besides the girl scanning tickets at the gate, who my wife got out to question, and then hike back to me, there was no one staffing the parking lot, which was super busy and none of the drivers arriving seemed to have a clue what they were doing or where to go when they realized the lot was full. Given that we had toddlers, it was hard to listen in detail to the tour guides in the residences and outdoors within and among the mill and the barns. However, what I did see and hear was impressive. It was important to learn about the slave labor used to run the mills, which I had not known about before. There were both black and white tour guides and the information was presented in a straightforward manor. I greatly appreciated the multi-racial staff, their professional demeanor and ability to answer questions. Now that I know where to park, I would like to go back with my wife, with no kids in tow, and have enough loose change to handle the undeclared sales taxes at the food kiosk. It should be noted that the neighboring kiosk selling home-made ice cream from Croton charged an even $4 for a cone or cup, not $4.38 or some other odd amount due to silly extra tax charges.
  • First time we attend the fire show, it was exciting to see how these young acrobatic individuals perform. Truly amazing I suggest you see it at least once.
  • A reminder of an era gone by! The detailed tour is value for money.
  • We we here for the Haunted house. Definitely worth the trip from NYC. Very well done.
  • The Horseman's Hollow as a haunted Halloween attraction was in all honesty, a huge let down. Normally I don't review but for the cost of the attraction and the boasting advertisement it wasn't scary in the least. Don't get me wrong, the atmosphere was amazing and very creepy but the actual haunted trail just wasn't scary. Waiting in line it looked like it was going to be great but we didn't hear anyone screaming in fright. Every person who came out looked bored and were complaining. It was definitely only PG13 styled. 7 year olds could have done it and maybe gotten a kick but if you're looking for an actually good scary event, sorry to say but you should pass this up. We were very excited because the past reviews seems great and we've always wanted to come to Sleepy Hollow but it wasn't worth the $. Maybe we just went on an off night where the actors didn't seem that into it or they were taking breaks or something but it was just 2 days before Halloween so I expected there to be some enthusiasm. Most of the actors just stood there in their masks as you walked by. Only got 2 jump scares and there were lots of room for actors to be placed for a good ol' fright! However, it was were far between actors who didn't seem that into it or acted as if they would towards younger children (not really trying to scare them) but it was all adults in our group. After a while we stopped expecting to be scared and just tried to enjoy the atmosphere. And at the end the Headless Horseman just stood there. It sucked worse because he turned away because some inconsiderate people were trying to take photos even though they were asked not to from the start which ruined the Horseman for the rest of us but he was just standing silent and still as we passed anyway. :/ Everyone just seemed tired but it was only 8pm. Couldn't afford to do many haunted attractions this year but we picked this one and it was a big let down on the scary scale. If you're a little kid or a newbie to haunted houses/hayride type events this is a good one to start but us who really want a scare (or even a little bit of a scare) skip this one.
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